When travelling during the World of Covid-19 outbreak, it’s important to be aware of local and national health regulations. While you may think you are not at risk of contracting the disease, the only way to ensure that is by avoiding close contact with people who have the disease. Given how crowded airports tend to get, it is our responsibility to ensure that we do not get infected or spread the virus. The only way to make our trips safer is by getting tested before departure.
If you live in England, you are still able to obtain a free PCR test at the moment. However, after April, the government has implemented plans to scrap free lateral flows and PCR tests. If you require a test after April, you should buy it from a private provider/manufacturer that has been government approved. You will have options as to how you wish to receive your test. Travel guidance has changed recently within the UK lifting the majority of restrictions, however, there are still many countries that require a Covid-19 negative test in order to be allowed to enter their borders. The requirement usually applies to unvaccinated travellers that are required to take a PCR test in Croydon or any other testing locations before boarding their flights.
Guidance For Unvaccinated Travellers- World of Covid-19
If you are an unvaccinated traveller planning to fly abroad, you are recommended to take a Covid travel test before your trip to ensure that you are not infected with the virus. This guidance is still in place for unvaccinated travellers in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and to keep passengers as safe as possible. If your test result is positive, you are not legally required to isolate but you are heavily encouraged to stay at home and minimise your contact with other people as much as possible to stop others from becoming infected.
How To Get A PCR Test Croydon?- World of Covid-19
You can decide which method you would like to receive your PCR test in. This may be a walk-in centre, drive-through testing site or order an at-home test to be carried out on your own. With a quick online search, you can see which testing site is most convenient for you to visit and you can book a date and a time that suits you to visit and carry out the PCR.
It is important to understand that if you do choose to order an at-home test to be delivered to your door, once you conduct the test, it has to be sent back to a laboratory to be examined in order for you to receive your results.
What To Expect When Going For A PCR
Taking the test itself is a quick and easy process. When visiting a testing centre, some may carry out the test on you or you may be asked to do it by yourself. It should go something like this:
A swab sample will be taken of the nose and/or throat
- A member of staff will take the sample and send it off to be tested for Covid-19
- Stay at home until you receive your results and avoid further contact with others
- Results should be sent to you via email or text message
- Follow the guidance on what you should do if you test positive to keep yourself and others around you as safe as possible
When To Get A PCR Test
For travel purposes e.g., unvaccinated travellers
- You have had a positive lateral flow and meet an exception for requiring a confirmatory PCR
- You work in health or social care and require a follow-up test
- Test and trace support payment asks you for a PCR result
- You are asked to do so as part of a trial or an investigation (usually regarding medical treatments)
How To Protect Yourself During Your Flight
One of the most important precautions you can take when travelling during the Covid-19 outbreak is to ensure that you wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitiser whenever possible. There is no single way to protect yourself from this illness, it is a set of recommended measures.
While the air on aeroplanes is usually clean and has HEPA filters, there is still a high risk of getting infected when on the plane. Despite the high standard of hygiene onboard aircraft, you should take precautions and make sure you wear your mask throughout the duration of your flight and only take it off for eating and drinking purposes.Most medical experts recommend wearing an N95 or a P2 respirator mask.
Keeping your distance from others is essential, especially when in the airport and other crowded places. It is up to each individual to ensure he has a safe journey and avoid any crowded or high-risk places.