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COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Tests you may need travelling to and from resort

COVID testing has now become the norm in the world of travel and to help you navigate through the requirements, we’ve put together the below guidance for you on what tests you may require when travelling to resort and returning home. 

Travelling to resort

Italy requires a COVID PCR or Antigen test to be completed within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time in Italy.

Our Trusted Advisors will carry out a call with you around 14 days before your holiday to discuss the most up to date requirements specific to your holiday destination allowing you and us enough time to carry out the necessary tests. In addition this information will also be clearly highlighted on your departure documents, specifying the time before travel that the test must be conducted and any requirements for children as well as adults. Some destinations may now allow you to enter using a rapid antigen test. Your Trusted Advisor will confirm with you what test you need prior to travelling. 

Your Trusted Advisor will be available to answer any queries on testing requirements on individual destinations up to the time you travel and whilst you are on holiday.

The below are four independent companies who provide pre-travel testing services.  We have provided information about these should you wish to use their services.  Please ensure you verify with your chosen supplier (whether the below or otherwise) that the test will satisfy the requirements for the destination you are travelling to and that the supplier can comply with the strict timescales you will have to adhere to.  Citalia cannot be held responsible for any third party suppliers’ delay or otherwise failure to provide a suitable test result. 

The Government have also an approved private clinic list - here.

Please note that NHS PCR & Antigen tests cannot be used for travel purposes

A number of destinations will allow those who have received both COVID Vaccinations prior to travelling, to be exempt from any pre travel testing requirements. Your trusted advisor will be able to update you on if your destination is allowing this. Further information on how you can demonstrate your vaccine status is available herehttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad 

Available COVID-19 Tests - Before you travel from UK

 

Test type

Citalia customer price

Normal price

Discount code

How to redeem

Express Test
(www.expresstest.co.uk)

Clinic / Drive Through PCR

Clinic / Drive Through Antigen

From £57

From £33

£60

£35

CITALIA21

Visit the Express Test website here.

Please note antigen testing costs vary by test centre.

Randox - Home Test (www.randoxhealth.com)

PCR £43 £48 CitiPD  Visit: https://covid.randox.com/pre-departure/
 Randox - Airport & Clinic Testing (https://fly.randox.com)

Next Day PCR by 23:59

12 hr PCR

3 hr PCR

£50

 

£60

£85

£55

 

£65

£90

Citclinic

Airport testing is available at East Midlands, London Stansted, London Heathrow & Manchester. A clinic is also available in Liverpool City Centre, London Waterloo Station & London Kensington High Street. 

Visit: https://fly.randox.com/

Screen4
(www.screen4.org)

Home PCR
Clinic PCR

£60
£85

 

 N/A

Visit: https://screen4.org/citalia-sovereign-covid19-services/

Discounted testing packages are also available for families. Further information is available on the Screen4 webpage or contact their customer services team on 01226 730052

Please visit each supplier's website for details of what's included as part of your purchase.

Green (Rest of the World) destinations

Arrivals from a Green List destination (also known as Rest of the World) will have the following requirements. Italy falls within this list of destinations:

Fully Vaccinated Adults – age 18 and above:

  • No test in resort prior to returning to UK.
  • All guests age 5 and above to have a day 2 PCR test once home. If you are arriving in to England - this can be a lateral flow test instead, however must still be booked through a government approved supplier. NHS rapid tests are not permitted.
  • Test packages must be booked and paid for before travelling.
  • Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to travelling back to the UK within 48 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated adults – age 18 and above:

  • Must have a test in resort (PCR or Antigen) 72 hours prior to returning.
  • Day 2 & Day 8 test upon return.
  • Must self-isolate for 10 days upon return – can opt to take the day 5 “test to release” to reduce their self-isolation, however must continue to self-isolate until the day 5 test result is returned. Test packages must be booked and paid for before travelling.
  • Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to travelling back to the UK within 48 hours of arrival.

All under 18s are classed and will follow the Fully Vaccinated rules if arriving home from a green country.

Demonstrating your COVID vaccine status for travel

To allow travellers to demonstrate their vaccine status, the government has put a useful page together detailing how travellers can show they have had both vaccines (for countries allowing the vaccinated to be exempt from entry testing). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

For residents of England there are two methods:

  1. Download the NHS App (Not the NHS-Covid19) where there is a new section “Check your Vaccination Status”.
  2. A letter version for those without a smartphone can be requested by calling 119 (free of charge). This route may take around 7 days for a letter to arrive, and will show the dates both vaccines were administered.

For residents of Wales:

  • Please call 0300 303 5667 to request a vaccination certificate. Please note it can take up to 10 working days to receive your certificate. 

For residents of Scotland there are two methods:

  1. You can view and print your vaccination status online: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/after-your-vaccine/get-a-record-of-your-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-status 
  2. A letter version can also be requested by calling the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. Records will be sent via first class post, however do ensure you leave sufficient time for this to arrive pre-travel.

Returning to the UK

A passenger locator form (PLF) must be completed by all passengers arriving into the UK aged over 18. This form can be submitted anytime within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival in to the UK and is completed on the following web page https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk.

Arrivals from 24th October 2021:

Pre – Departure Testing

If you are fully vaccinated, the requirement for testing prior to travelling to England has been removed. Adult's aged 18 and over who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to have a PCR or Antigen test completed in resort 72 hours prior to travelling. Children aged between 11-17 will follow the testing requirements of any accompanying adult.

Testing Once Back Home

Depending on your vaccination status, you'll be required to have the following tests completed:

  • Fully vaccinated - PCR test on or before day 2 of your return.  If you are arriving in to England - this can be a lateral flow test instead, however must still be booked through a government approved supplier. NHS rapid tests are not permitted.
  • Unvaccinated/Partially vaccinated - PCR test on or before day 2 & day 8 - with a 10 day self-isolation.
  • Children aged 5 and above will follow the same testing requirements of any accompanying adult

If You're Returning to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales:

Please visit the below webpages as certain requirements for testing upon your return may differ.

The testing partners below do offer preferential rates to Citalia customers. Further information can be found on each of the suppliers websites. The full list of government approved suppliers is available here: https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/test-type/amber. We strongly recommend booking all of your required tests prior to returning back to the UK to avoid any delays.

Available COVID-19 Tests - Returning to UK

If you are fully vaccinated, from the 4th October, the requirement for testing prior to travelling to England has been removed. Adult's aged 18 and over who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to have a PCR or Antigen test completed in resort 72 hours prior to travelling. Children will follow the testing requirements of any accompanying adult.

 

Test type

Citalia customer price

Normal price

Discount Code

How to redeem

Express Test Clinic / Airport

(www.expresstest.co.uk)

Arrival Day 2 PCR

From £95

 

 £99

 

CITALIA21 Visit: 

Onsite airport testing is available at Birmingham, London Gatwick & London Heathrow and many more. This can be completed when you arive back in to the UK. When booking, please ensure you give yourself enough time to clear immigration as delays may be possible.

Arrival Antigen From £33 From £35 CITALIA21
Arrival Clinic Day 2 & Day 8 From £124 £129  CITALIA21
 

Express Test at Home Testing

(www.expresstest.co.uk)

Click & Collect Antigen From £18 From £20 CITALIA21 Visit: 

Please note, Click & Collect Antigen orders must be collected from one of Express Test's testing sites. This can be collected upon your arrival back in to England.

Postal Antigen From £23 From £25 CITALIA21

Randox - Home Test 

(www.randoxhealth.com)

Day 2 Self-Test PCR

£43

 

£48

 

CitiDD2

Visit: https://covid.randox.com/

Please note, if booking the Lateral Flow test for Day 2, you must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to returning home. Ensure you book the specific "Day 2 Lateral Flow test" as you will need the reference number for your passenger locator form.

Day 2 Self Test Lateral Flow £21.50 £24 CitiDD2
Pre Travel & Day 2 £86 £96 CitiGT
Day 2 & 8 PCR £86 £96 CitiD28
Pre Travel, Day 2 & Day 8 PCR £129 £144 CitiAP
Test To Release Day 5 PCR £43 £48 CitiTTR

Randox - Airport & Clinic Testing

(https://fly.randox.com)

On or Before Day 2 PCR

Day 5 Test to Release PCR

Day 8 PCR

£50 per test £55 per test  Citclinic  

Airport testing is available at East Midlands, London Stansted, London Heathrow & Manchester. A clinic is also available in Liverpool City Centre, London Waterloo Station & London Kensington High Street.

Visit https://fly.randox.com/

On or before Day 2 Lateral Flow £35 £35  

Screen 4

(www.screen4.org)

Day 2 Self Test

Day 2 & 8 Self Test

£60

£120

   N/A  Visit: https://screen4.org/citalia-sovereign-covid19-services/

Discounted testing packages are also available for families. Further information is available on the Screen4 webpage or contact their customer services team on 01226 730052

Please visit each supplier's website for details of what's included as part of your purchase.

 

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