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PCR tests explained: How to get a Covid test for entry to foreign country

Destinations around the world are increasingly asking for visitors to present a negative PCR test – also known as a Covid fit to fly test – on arrival.

As destinations reopen to international visitors while Covid infections increase exponentially in many parts of the world, conditions for arrival are increasingly turning to a mandatory negative PCR test – obtained during a defined period prior to departure – as a means of forgoing quarantine.

Although this is not a global standard, it is currently the method favoured by many Caribbean islands, Bermuda, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Cambodia, Cyprus and Jersey. Testing could soon be adopted by the UK Government to reduce the period of quarantine on arrival.

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test detects antigens that stimulate an immune response, indicating an active infection.

Why can’t I get one on the NHS?

Covid testing is available on the NHS only if you have symptoms or have been asked to take one by your GP, hospital or local council. If you need a negative PCR test result to travel, you must pay for a private test.

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