Wizz Air introduces discounted COVID-19 tests and travel certificates from today

Published on : Friday, November 27, 2020

Wizz Air will start offering British passengers Covid tests and Covid-free travel certificates from November 27. The Hungarian airline’s “Fit to Fly” package, which includes a PCR swab test and certificate, will be available for £85.

The £85 cost is offered through a deal between the airline and partner, Confirm Testing, and is cheaper than the £110 cost without the Wizz discount. Wizz Air flies to a range of countries from the UK, including Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Dubai.

Several countries including Spain now ask tourists to provide evidence of a negative COVID test on arrival. From December 15, travellers entering the UK from high risk ‘red’ countries will also be permitted to take one-hour Covid tests that lets them leave self-isolation after just five days, compared to the usual 14 days.

Only essential travel is currently allowed in England, as the country is in lockdown, but holidays will be able to go ahead from December 2, the government has confirmed.

The Wizz Air test kits will include a collection bottle containing saline and a swab, protective packing wallet, a clear specimen bag to seal the sample, sample label, request form, and a return envelope with prepaid shipping.

For customers requiring a negative test result 72 and 96 hours before travelling, kits can be ordered weeks in advance of a flight and kept at home.

Travellers are advised to order tests at least five days before their flight and then perform and return the test via Royal Mail four days before.

The test sample will arrive at the laboratory three days before the flight and will be analysed to internationally-recognised ISO 17025 standards.

The day before the flight, test results are returned and if purchased, a Fit to Fly certificate will be issued for negative test results.

Boris Johnson yesterday gave the go-ahead for their new “test and release” scheme, which will see passengers tested for the deadly virus and allowed to continue their normal lives after five days of self-isolation once getting the all clear. 

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