Covid Scotland: Latest PCR costs for travel and where to get them in Edinburgh
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, travelling abroad now requires more forward planning and testing.
The traffic light system in Scotland determines what travellers need to do when they return but each country abroad can enforce their own rules- so jet setters are encouraged to check entry requirements before booking.
Many popular holiday hotspots requires a negative PCR test before entry and/or proof of vaccination.
Herts also reports that airlines are offering deals along with a day two and eight included in the package.
However, from September 8, the government now accepts private test from a list of private providers In England (at the moment, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests)
But when you're jetting off and need proof of a negative Covid test, here are some of the places you can go to.
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Customers can receive both lateral flow tests and PCR tests at the walk-up centre. These must be booked in advance.
Customers are asked to leave sufficient time prior to their flight as they may have to queue in busy periods.
According to Edinburgh Airport, lateral flow tests are available for £50 per person.
Customers who require lateral flow tests should book prior to arrival and are asked to leave sufficient time prior to their flight as they may have to queue in busy periods. Results take approximately 20 minutes and will be sent via email.
PCR tests costs £99 per person for the general public, £80 per person for airline passengers and £60 for Edinburgh Airport staff. Customers who require a PCR test should book prior to arrival.
You can book an ExpressTest walk up appointment here.
ExpressTest aim to deliver PCR test results by 10pm the day after the test; however, results could take up to 48 hours to receive.
There is also Drive Through PCR facilities.
Newington Pharmacy on 46-50, Clerk St, Edinburgh, are providing PCR tests for travel.
PCR home test kit is £99.
Next day result on site testing is £109.
Same day result PCR test on sit testing comes in at £149.
EasyJet says the key thing to be aware of is that it's the colour of the destination on the day you return to the UK, as well as your age and vaccination status, which determines what action you need to take.
The airline is offering discounted tests from Randox and Collinson, which will mean tests start at £43 and £55.20 respectively for a pre-travel PCR test.
You can find out more information here.
TUI has teamed up with government-authorised providers Chronomics to offer testing packages for all its package holiday customers this summer, including TUI River Cruises.
They’re available from just £20 per person with delivery and return costs for the tests included in the price.
You can now purchase tests for holidays departing up until the end of October.
More information is available on TUI's website here.
British Airways is also listing a number of different suppliers.
Prices vary depending on the provider and type of test, such as test to leave the UK, test to enter the UK, day two and day eight arrivals, and test to release.
For more information, visit the BA website here.
Jet2 offers a number of options for customers, with discount codes for tests from suppliers Collinson and Randox.
The price of your tests really depend on where you're travelling to, so it's important to check before travel.
PCR tests start at £43 each, and lateral flow and antigen tests are also available.
Find out more information on Jet2's website here.
Ryanair offers a number of test packs for pre and post-departure.
A green travel pack, which includes 1x pre-departure text and 1x day two PCR test pack, is priced at £86 with its discount code FLYRYANAIR.
A pre-departure home-testing kit is £43 with the discount code. Here, a travel certificate is provided and you can get next day results from the receipt of the sample.