With a negative COVID-19 test being a requirement to enter a lot of countries, airlines are adapting their offering to help get their passengers tested. British Airways joining in the fray, with the announcing that its customers can order discounted global antigen tests from Government-approved COVID-19 testing provider, Qured, at an exclusive price of £33.
The rapid tests kits are antigen tests and can be shipped by Qured to any UK address. The kits are designed to be portable so that passengers can take the kits with them abroad, in preparation for their return journey to the UK (and thus avoid needing to find a local lab in some cases).
The simple test is remotely administered by a professional health advisor over a scheduled video call. The health advisor will guide the customer through taking a nose and throat swab and processing the sample. Verified results are available after 20 minutes, and the customer can download a ‘fit to fly’ certificate if the test is negative.
The airline has published a useful video about the service:
Results from this can be uploaded to the British Airways Health Passport app – VeriFLY. British Airways is in talks with all test providers to seek opportunities to have test results automatically sent to the VeriFLY app, to make the process even easier.
You can find out more and order kits (as well as other testing options and discounts at British Airways testing page at https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/covid19-tests#departure
British Airways’ CEO Sean Doyle, said:
“As we look forward and prepare for a safe return to travel, we remain focused on finding and offering the most convenient and affordable testing options for our customers.
“Our teams were pleased to discover Qured, a unique new option which removes uncertainty and unnecessary expense for customers who may be concerned about sourcing a pre-departure test while away from home.”
Qured’s CEO Alex Templeton, said:
“Our accessible rapid testing service takes the hassle out of finding a test abroad. As a trusted healthcare provider we look forward to delivering an exceptional patient experience to British Airways’ customers and to working with them on a safe return to travel.”
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