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Consider delivery/in person for speedier PCR testing PCR test results can take longer to arrive than the more rapid lateral flow/antigen tests. If you’re nervous about calculating the time frames for tests, or anticipate complications attempting a test at home, visit a clinic instead. This is not necessarily more expensive. For those on a tight deadline, rapid PCR tests with results delivered within three hours are also available. Collinson provide PCR test results within three hours at Heathrow and Gatwick.
Will my outbound PCR or antigen test be accepted by my destination? PCR tests are considered the ‘gold standard’ in testing, due to their sensitivity and specificity levels. If your country accepts lateral flow / antigen tests, this is a speedier and usually cheaper option. For the US and some other destinations lateral flow tests need to supervised, although supervision can be by video link. A decent test provider should be aware of the countries their tests are valid for, and be able to share this information with you if asked.
However, it’s important to check that your chosen antigen / lateral flow test provider uses test kits which meet the entry requirements of the country you’re travelling to
Check social media reviews Social media is the best way to get an idea of customer experiences. We took into account whether each company had an established Facebook page, and if so, its review rating out of 5 (when displayed). A page’s rating is based on reviews and recommendations from the public, and only Facebook pages that allow recommendations (and have enough of them) can show a rating. So, lack of a decent rating could be a red flag.
We also searched for each firm on Twitter and counted the number of negative reviews appearing on the ‘Latest’ page for each set of results, detailing the timeframes for each. A shorter timeframe may indicate a higher number of recent complaints overall for the company.
Which? has not yet reviewed any of these companies, and therefore does not endorse any of the providers. The below information is intended to help inform your own research.
Across all of the companies we looked into, C19 Testing and Testing For All stood out for general travel testing . C19’s comprehensive refund policy suggests a confidence in its ability to meet fulfil customer orders, which should in turn offer peace of mind. Testing For All limits sales to meet demand and deadlines and has mostly positive customer reviews on social media.
Testing For All also performed well when Which? mystery shopped the cheapest reliable PCR test payday loan no bank account Lakeland TN companies on the market. Read our results to find out which other companies, all with prices ?60 or below, we think you should consider while shopping for a test.
Should I book a covid test with Breathe Assured?
Breathe Assured does not provide PCR tests – instead, it provides vouchers for its customers to book PCR tests through Randox (see below).
Does it grant refunds? Mostly, no. Breathe Assured says it is unable to accept returns or provide refunds on tests unless faulty. If a void result returns, it will send a replacement test.
Discount options from airlines / tour operators If you book directly with Randox (Breathe Assured’s PCR provider), you can access ?43 tests using a discount code from a Randox travel industry partner. Scroll to find these below under ‘Should I book a covid test with Randox?’.
Does this company say it limits sales to help meet demand? As it only offers attended tests these are limited to booked virtual appointments.