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Where are we getting our Covid tests within 72h of flying?

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm from the UK looking to get out to see my Wife and Child via the relaxed rules on farang arrivals. While the application for a Certificate of Entry is long-winded, it is mostly manageable. The one stumbling block seems to be getting my hands on a Covid test result, from a lab, within 72 hours of flying. The NHS provides results via text message and given the time restraint home tests aren't fast enough. I've seen a couple of private places with a fast TAT but both are in London whereas I'm from Scotland. Where do you guys/gals plan to get tested prior to flying?

 

Thanks in Advance. 

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Ask the Thai Embassy in London? They are processing Thai returnees and I imagine that they do the tests locally, in London.

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5 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

Ask the Thai Embassy in London? They are processing Thai returnees and I imagine that they do the tests locally, in London.

Thai returnees don't need covid tests before returning back to Thailand, that happens once they enter quarantine over here.

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8 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

Ask the Thai Embassy in London? They are processing Thai returnees and I imagine that they do the tests locally, in London.

 

Good call, my Wife suggested this as well. I'll contact the Glasgow Embassy to see if they have access to something similar.

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Thought I read you needed two tests , 1 before applying to go and one before you leave

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I have found the same issue and spent a lot of time to locate a Clinic which was not in Harley street London.

 

I found a Clinic in Birmingham (about 1.5 hrs travel) which will take the Covid-19 test and provide a Covid-19 free Certificate and Fit to Fly Certificate for £205 

https://midlandhealth.co.uk/tests-and-diagnostics/covid-19/

 

I also found online ‘Summerfield Health Care’ 

https://www.summerfieldhealthcare.co.uk

 

I know these don’t help you in Scotland, but I imagine there are similar facilities nearby. The KEY factor is whether or not there is a testing lab / facility nearby for the tests. 

 

You need a Covid-19 PCR test (not a Covid-19 Antibody test) at a facility which will provide a certificate.

 

Options include: 

1) Attending a Clinic and having a test taken. The results are e-mailed to you within 48 hrs (usually)

2) Having a test posted to you, self administering the test (swab nasal cavity and back of throat) and sending the test back to the Clinic (results claimed to be provided within 48hrs of the clinic receiving the test / swabs) - this relies heavily on the efficiency of the post.

3) Having a dedicated courier bring a test kit to you and waiting while you self administer the test. The courier then returns to the clinic with the test / swab. Results within 48 hrs. This option is the most expensive. 

 

 

There may be other options, i.e. drive through facilities etc, but I couldn’t find any. 

 

Note: the NHS drive through centres couldn’t do this as they don’t even provide a result or contact you unless you are found to be positive. 

 

 

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Just now, RichardColeman said:

Thought I read you needed two tests , 1 before applying to go and one before you leave

 

There is a significant lack of clarity on this issue.

 

Firstly we have the possibility that the instructions were written up and poorly translated by a junior MFA officer before distributing to the embassies - the clumsiness in the list of requirements is clear for all to see, the Embassies refused to address this and just suggested ‘do both’ !!!

 

 

I suspect (but could be mistaken) that logic kicks in and the Covid-19 Certificate (and Fit to Fly Certificate) which was required from a test taken no less than 72 hrs before flight will be required to receive the CoE from the Embassy. 

 

 

The issue with this is that logic is not applied and this is just a ‘box ticking’ exercise. 

 

Advise would be, if Airing on the side of caution take two tests, when applying and again after notification that you have been approved for CoE, take the test within 72 hrs of flying and submit results to the Embassy before receiving the CoE. 

 

Personally, I haven’t taken a Covid-19 test or provided a Fit to Fly certificate with the application which was submitted 2 weeks prior to flight bookings. I did highlight in the letter that a Covid-19 test has been booked 72 hrs before booked flight time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unfortunately the Thai Embassy in Glasgow is closed until further notice and the email I just received back from London consisted of a link to the COE page. Sigh.

 

Waiting for the post to arrive on the day of travel could be quite a nightmare, I'll continue my search for a Lab near me. 

 

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Having a dedicated courier bring a test kit to you and waiting while you self administer the test. The courier then returns to the clinic with the test / swab. Results within 48 hrs. This option is the most expensive.

 

I'm also going to investigate the third option suggested by Richard. 

 

I do however feel there must be a common option used by applicants as every one needs this Covid test. In my case, a 700 mile round trip shouldn't be required for an appropriate lab for testing. Perhaps a more solid option will emerge in a week or two as people plan to fly out.

 

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2 hours ago, PeterRoy said:

Perhaps a more solid option will emerge in a week or two as people plan to fly out.

Plan to fly out?

Could you please point me to a case of an approved application?

I haven't heard of a single one.

I might be wrong but at this point virtually no one in the married group is making any plans to fly out.

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3 hours ago, unheard said:

Plan to fly out?

Could you please point me to a case of an approved application?

I haven't heard of a single one.

I might be wrong but at this point virtually no one in the married group is making any plans to fly out.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe richard_smith237 is planning to fly out in a couple of weeks.

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23 minutes ago, PeterRoy said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe richard_smith237 is planning to fly out in a couple of weeks.

Well let's wait for his response.

My understanding is that he's in the same position as everyone else - waiting to hear back from MFA.

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27 minutes ago, PeterRoy said:
3 hours ago, unheard said:

Plan to fly out?

Could you please point me to a case of an approved application?

I haven't heard of a single one.

I might be wrong but at this point virtually no one in the married group is making any plans to fly out.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe richard_smith237 is planning to fly out in a couple of weeks.

Unheard's scepticism was well placed. 

 

The list of requirements in applying for the Certificate of Entry included (amongst other things) Flight bookings and ASQ Booking. 

 

Flight Arrivals for Suvarnabumi showed a number of international flights arriving.

Qatar Airlines being one of them. Qatar Airlines website had available flights for next week (at the time)

I checked with a contact at immigration (Suvarnabumi airport) who confirmed passengers are arriving on international flights (hindsight suggests this was a mistake). 

 

In short: I bought the Qatar Airways ticket for next week.

The Ticket is still ‘Confirmed’ on the Qatar Airways Website (when I go to Manage My booking). But, I am quite sure Qatar will cancel this flight.

By law they have to provide a full refund within 7 days.  

 

Conclusion: the Qatar Airways flight booking is an unethical sham - unheard was correct. 

The airlines appear to be running a ‘cash grab’ in the hope they can ’secure’ passengers and keep postponing them until passenger flights are permitted. 

 

 

There has been a lot of misinformation and confusion (par for the course). 

 

 

The Embassy has informed me that my documents are received, the application is complete - I have to stand by for approval of the Certificate of Entry.

I assume I will then be told which Thai Airways repatriation flight I can take (if there are any seats available on it) and then have to make the booking. 

I also assume I will then have to provide a Covid-19 test and ASQ booking to the Embassy before they will provide me with the CoE. 

 

Time line on all this - no idea !  but doubtful it will be within the next couple of weeks. 

 

If regular flights open up before the CoE is approved, I assume the process may change again and we may be able to take these ‘regular flights’.

 

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On Topic - Where are we getting our Covid-19 tests within 72 hrs?. 

Its yet to be executed, however, my plan is to visit a clink about 1.5 hrs from my home (UK) who offer a result and certificate within 48hrs. 

 

There are also ’service’ which post the test, and you post the test back. Result timing depends on postage time, these clinics also provide a courier service (at more cost) - i.e. summerfieldhealth.com

 

There are many clinics which offer Covid-19 tests in central London (Harley st.)

 

All facilities which offer a private test are private - the PCR tests cost between £180 and £300

 

The UK NHS carry out drive through test, but do not provide certification. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD luck!  NOT gonna happen anywhere.

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My understanding is that the fit to fly cert to return to Thailand (either thai or foreign) does not require a covid test - it’s just a basic health questionnaire. 
 

Can anyone post a link where it says a covid test it required????

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