The British solution to travel during a pandemic

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Adwoa Antwi-Kusi           UK

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus 19 pandemic, the United Kingdom Government and Health Sector have been very responsive (aware of) the overwhelming burden this has caused on the NHS. Finally, after over a year, from the 12th of April 2021, the UK officially begun easing lockdown restrictions.

Regardless of this, international travel has been obviously affected by the pandemic. The airline, hospitality and tourism industry have been gravely affected by this even with business and necessity travel still being permitted. The NHS could not cope.

In response to this, the Government has had to call on the private sector to care for all COVID-19 testing that the NHS cannot cope with, that is to say all the travel related testing for example Fit to fly and Test to release.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect international travel. UK travellers should not travel abroad unless they have a permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays.

Therefore, those needing to travel abroad, will need to follow strict guidelines or risk heavy fines.

  • Reasonable excuse to travel
  • Declaration to travel form to state the reason for travel as well as the country you are traveling to.
  • Check for entry restrictions, testing, or quarantine requirements in our travel advice or contact the UK-based embassy for your destination country. If you need a negative COVID-19 test to enter a country, you should use a private test provider for a Fit-to-Fly PCR test. The NHS Test and Trace service cannot provide the documents needed.

These third-party providers have declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards (UKAS accreditation) for providers of Test to Release for international travel or minimum standards for private-sector providers of general COVID-19 testing (the Declaration).

It is very convenient, at a small price, you can get test results in as little as 2 hours (some companies provide) in your home or very close to you. Like any industry there have been a few unreliable companies but the overall prospect for the provision of these services is nothing but positive in my eyes.