Did you know that Fit to Fly Certificates range from £45 - £495! A new travel testing comparison site does the searching for you, linking you direct to the testing providers website.
Covid Testing Network has launched a handy new Travel Testing Comparison site for those looking to source pre and post travel testing packages. The site compares over 250 government approved testing suppliers from across the UK based on the type of test, cost, location, turnaround time required and whether there’s a preference for in-person testing or home testing.
The cost and availability of Travel Testing has become a significant factor when planning overseas trips with the total cost typically running into hundreds of pounds. And while the cost is high, for those who shop around the savings can be substantial. For example, the price range for a Fit to Fly Certificate starts at £45 for a 24 hour home test rising to £495 for an in-person same day test.
For conferences, events and group travel the savings can be even more substantial. Covid Testing Network provide a bespoke compare-and-quote service for those looking to secure testing for 20+ individuals. Contact the team direct.
Launched just last month, traffic to the comparison site has grown exponentially, now averaging over 5,000 visitors every day. Unsurprisingly, the demand has been driven by a shift from essential business travel, education and training trips to leisure travellers looking to plan ahead and secure their testing packages.
The sites makes it easy to search for a package of tests enabling users to selected from any combination of:
- Fit to Fly
- Test to Release
- Day 2 and 8 Testing
What about clinics and in-person testing?
For those preferring an in-person test or requiring a same day Fit to Fly Certificate, the site provides a postcode search that finds and compares the prices of tests within a defined radius of your location.
Why is there such a range in the cost of testing?
Travel Testing provision of this type and on this scale is a brand new service and while it’s great to see so many suppliers stepping up to provide testing and supporting international travel, the market place has yet to find it’s level.
It’s also important to recognise the range of travel testing services on offer, for example most leisure travellers will not require a same day Fit to Fly Certificate and they’ll be able to self-swab and take advantage of a lower cost 24-48 hour pooled testing laboratory process. In contrast a specialist offshore engineer maybe required to travel at short notice requiring a same day, in person test at a smaller specialised medical centre where a swab can be taken and processed onsite.
What tests do I need?
As well as a price comparison, the site includes updates on travel testing requirements and a wealth of information and frequently asked questions.
When should I book my travel testing?
We recommend that anyone planning an overseas trip, check out the cost of testing before committing to travel. Travel Testing is a significant cost and needs to be budgeted for as part of your trip. We also recommend that travellers check the availability of mandatory tests before committing to flights.
The site is free to use and does not require you to register or set up an account
Check the site out: https://www.covid19-testing.org/travel-testing