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How effective is Lateral flow COVID-19 antigen testing?

Lateral flow tests deliver a rapid result in around 30 minutes. They can find positive cases with high levels of virus that are easy to transmit to others, helping to intercept and reduce further infections. They are accurate, reliable and successfully identify those with COVID-19 who don’t show symptoms and could spread the virus without […]

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What is a COVID-19 Fit-to-Fly PCR test?

The Fit-to-Fly PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result will tell you if you have tested positive or negative for COVID-19. The Fit-to-Fly travel certificate provided to you will include your full name, date of birth, laboratory and test credentials, passport number, time and date of sample, and time and date of report. It’s indicated for […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to international travel rules from 4 October

From 4.00 am on Monday 4 October, the rules for international travel to Northern Ireland will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a ‘red list of countries’ and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world (‘non red-list countries’). Vaccination status The rules for travelling to Northern Ireland […]

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UK Covid: Turkey off red list as part of wide-ranging easing of travel rules – as it happened

Details of new travel rules Here are the key points from the travel announcement. From Wednesday 22 September Eight countries are coming off the red list. They are: Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya. The change will take effect at 4am on the Wednesday. From Monday 4 October Fully-vaccinated travellers from 17 […]

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Covid 19: Simple step by step guide to testing requirements for UK travels.

by Asha at Hometravelguide.com Travelling abroad has become more expensive and confusing, and somehow daunting since the pandemic started. The Government rules change often and with short notice and each country also has different rules for border entry. Like everyone we were confused about some of the requirements and we have decided to write this […]

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Covid infection protection waning in double jabbed

Researchers say they are seeing some waning of protection against Covid infections in double-jabbed people. The real-world study includes data on positive Covid PCR test results between May and July 2021 among more than a million people who had received two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. Protection after two shots of Pfizer decreased from […]

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Covid-19: Quarantine-free travel from France resumes as UK rules change

Fully vaccinated people can now visit France without quarantining on their return to the UK, after travel rule changes came into force at 04:00 BST. Brittany Ferries said it had received a “surge” of bookings following the rule changes announced on Thursday. But travel agents said the relaxation of quarantine for one of the UK’s […]

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What are the rules for travelling to green, amber and red list countries?

The Balearic Islands – including Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca – have moved to the amber list of countries. And adults who were fully vaccinated in the UK, and under-18s, no longer have to self-isolate after visiting amber-list countries. France is an exception however. Which countries have moved lists? Along with the Balearic Islands, the British Virgin Islands […]

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