Covid-19 Testing for Travel

Acorn Occupational Health is UKAS Accredited to provide Covid-19 swab testing (registered number 22786)

We provide a personal, accurate, and fast service to ensure your holidays can go ahead, but we do rely on accuracy and promptness from individuals travelling. Please be clear with your dates and when you require testing.

It is your responsibility to research and choose the correct Covid-19 testing kits for your destination and that countries requirements. Please keep up to date with changes via the government website. Acorn doesn’t take any responsibility if you order incorrect testing kits.

The frequency of change is high and it is your responsibility to check all restrictions and rules from the area that you are travelling to and from. Please check the government website regularly for updates on GOV.UK

Before you arrive at Acorn Occupational Health for a Covid-19 test:

You must not arrive at Acorn OH clinic if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. There are now over 20 symptoms related to Covid-19 including a persistent cough, high temperature, altered sense of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, runny nose, and sore throat.

If you develop any symptoms you should not attend the appointment or travel. You must self-isolate and book an NHS PCR test if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. 

On booking your Covid-19 test with Acorn OH you will be asked to bring a form of photo ID, you must wear a mask on arrival to your appointment and adhere to all social distancing rules within the area.

Acorn OH is providing this service as you can not use NHS Covid-19 testing kits for travel purposes.

Please either call us on 01260 277797 or email covid@acornoh.co.uk for assistance.

Covid-19 Test for Travel (Fit to Fly)

These tests are for any travel overseas, including aeroplanes ships and coaches.

PCR Covid-19 test

  • Results in 24 hours from reaching the lab
  • £78 posted to home for self-test (unsupervised)
  • £102 supervised at Acorn OH
  • £138 supervised on company site (Quotation provided if company site distance is + 10miles)
  • Additional courier costs may be applicable or you can take the completed test to our laboratory drop-off point
  • You have the option to pay an extra £65 for guaranteed same-day results – the sample must be at the lab before 11 am on the day you take your test
  • Fitness/result certificate provided to you via email

All prices include VAT

Lateral Flow/ Rapid Antigen Test (supervised at Acorn Clinic)

  • Certain countries accept a Lateral Flow Covid 19 test, instead of the full PCR Covid-19 test as proof of fitness to travel
  • Results in 15 minutes
  • Certificate provided at the time of test
  • £24 posted to home for self-test (unsupervised)
  • £36 supervised at Acorn OH

Prices are subject to change following the next review of Government guidance on the 24th of October.

NB: Entry requirements are dependent on the country you are traveling to. It is your responsibility to check the countries specific requirements before arranging your tests.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines. You must have had a complete course of an EU-approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England to qualify as fully vaccinated.

If you qualify as fully vaccinated you will still have to:

  • Book and pay for a Day 2 Covid-19 LATERAL FLOW test, to be taken after arrival in England.
  • Complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England (you can find this on the government website)
  • Take a Day 2 Lateral Flow test on or before Day 2 after you arrive in England.

Price of Day 2 Lateral Flow Tests

  • £24 posted to home for self-test (unsupervised) 
  • £36 supervised at Acorn OH

All prices include VAT 

Results provided via email within 24 hours of the lab receiving the sample. 

*if your lateral flow test is positive, you must self isolate and get a PCR test* Rules on this guidance are changing on the 11th January 2022 

Unvaccinated Travellers (not received both vaccinations)

See below the requirements for all unvaccinated travelers entering England, from all destinations as of the 7th January 2022.

Before you travel to England you must:

  • Pre-departure lateral flow test. Complete this 2 days before you travel to England
  • Book and pay for Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 tests, to be carried once you have returned to England

Complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

After you arrive in England you must:

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • Take Covid-19 tests on or before Day 2 and on or after Day 8

Prices for Pre-departure, Day 2 and Day 8 test Package

  • £186 for pre-departure lateral flow and both Day 2 and Day 8 kits posted to your home for self-test (unsupervised)
  • £234 for pre-departure lateral flow and both Day 2 and Day 8 kits supervised at Acorn clinic
  • £306 for pre-departure lateral flow and both Day 2 and Day 8 kits supervised on site
  • Result certificate provided via email

All prices include VAT

Day 2 results are received 72 hours after reaching the lab. Day 8 results are received within 24 hours of reaching the lab.

*It is important that you must isolate for the full 10 days once you have arrived into the UK, you can ONLY leave isolation before the end of the 10 days if you have an Optional Test to Release PCR on Day 5* 

Optional Test to Release (Day 5 Covid-19 PCR Test)

These are for travellers that are not vaccinated and have to isolate for 10 days on arrival to England. This test, if negative, allows you to leave isolation early on or after day 5.

  • PCR Covid-19 test
  • Results in 24 hours of reaching the lab
  • £78 posted to home for self-test (unsupervised)
  • £102 supervised at Acorn OH
  • £138 supervised on company site (Quotation provided if company site distance is + 10miles)
  • Fitness certificate provided to you via email

All prices include VAT

NOTE: There are still restrictions in some countries due to a high rate of positive cases of Covid-19 so these rules do not apply to all. The frequency of change is high and it is your responsibility to check all restrictions and rules from the area that you are traveling to and from. 

Before you travel to England – Red List Rules 

Acorn cannot provide you with the tests required if you are entering the UK from a Red List Country. 

The information below is taken directly from the Government Website: 

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you will only be allowed to enter the UK  if you either: 

  • are a British or Irish National 
  • have residence rights in the UK 

If you live in England, you should not travel to countries or territories on the red list. 

Please see the government website for more advice – Red list of countries and territories – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Acorn Occupational Health is UKAS Accredited to provide Covid-19 swab testing (registered number 22786).

View all of the Covid-19 testing options and support we provide.

Alternatively, call us on 01260 277797 or email us at info@acornoh.co.uk

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