British Airways launches DIY £33 Covid testing for passengers from TODAY – with results in just 20 minutes

BRITISH Airways has launched portable Covid tests for just £33 from today.

Passengers will be able to take them with them on holiday, so they can take a test before returning to the UK.

British Airways is launching portable DIY Covid tests - which Brits can take on holiday with them


British Airways is launching portable DIY Covid tests – which Brits can take on holiday with themCredit: Alamy

The current travel restrictions require Brits to have a negative coronavirus test before arrival, when returning from any country abroad.

The rapid test kits, from Government-approved COVID-19 testing provider, Qured can be ordered to any UK address.

To take the test, passengers will have a video call with a professional health advisor, who explains how to do the throat and nose swap.

Results are then given within 20 minutes, and travellers can download a Fit to fly certificate if the test is negative.

British Airways’ CEO Sean Doyle, said: “As we look forward and prepare for a safe return to travel, we remain focused on finding and offering the most convenient and affordable testing options for our customers.

“Our teams were pleased to discover Qured, a unique new option which removes uncertainty and unnecessary expense for customers who may be concerned about sourcing a pre-departure test while away from home.”

The portable tests can be taken anywhere


The portable tests can be taken anywhereCredit: BA / BEEM
A result is given in just 20 minutes


A result is given in just 20 minutesCredit: BA / BEEM

Qured’s CEO Alex Templeton, said: “Our accessible rapid testing service takes the hassle out of finding a test abroad.”

Brits must have at least three negative Covid tests when returning to the UK – one taken before arrival, and two taken during the mandatory 10-day quarantine period.

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Costing £210 for two tests, they must be taken on day two and day eight of the quarantine period.

Arrivals from one of 33 countries deemed high risk by the government must pay to stay 10 days at a quarantine hotel, costing £1,750 per person.

Holidays abroad are not yet allowed to go ahead, however.

While domestic holidays are resuming from April 12, with some travel restrictions still in place, an official date for foreign holidays is yet to be given.

The government’s Global Taskforce is expected to give an official date on April 12, and isn’t expected to be any earlier than June 21.

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