Visiting UK

Old Jul 25th 2021, 6:49 pm
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Hi, hope you’re all well. Has anyone travelled to the UK during the pandemic? As the UK border asks for covid test results to be in English, French or Spanish, do the ones done in pharmacies here have English translations on them, or are they all in Italian?

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Old Jul 26th 2021, 11:41 am
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There are labs which will give you an English version of the PCR test. Make sure you ask before you book for the test.
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Old Jul 26th 2021, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by modicasa View Post
There are labs which will give you an English version of the PCR test. Make sure you ask before you book for the test.
Thanks a lot - do you know if the tests done at pharmacies are enough for entering the UK?
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The test doesn't have to be a PCR test. It can also be an antigen test. Lots of pharmacies do them, and all the ones round us that do them will produce a certificatein English
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I've been checking in preparation for our return trip and found that our local airport, Ancona does antigen and pcr tests and will supply certificates in English.
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I got my pharmacy antigen test last week supplied in Ital and English.

Today's announcement allows fully vaxed EU to enter UK. Guardian reports the digital form is required for EU visitors while US visitors can present paper form of pass.

If anyone has a source for reasonably priced PCR tests required in UK...
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Guardian reports the digital form is required for EU visitorsBut what if you don't have a mobile phone? Then what happens?
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Guardian reports the digital form is required for EU visitors
But what if you don't have a mobile phone? Then what happens?
By digital, I think that they mean the QR code which can either be saved on your phone or downloaded and printed.

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I think the .Gov.uk site here indicates the onus will be on your airline/travel company, so really their web site should tell you. Certainly the other day when I looked Jet2 at least had quite detailed information, but how quickly they are updating this fastly changing situation who knows.
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By digital, I think that they mean the QR code which can either be saved on your phone or downloaded and printed.
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Old Jul 30th 2021, 6:59 pm
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Looks like i timed this thread well

From what I’ve seen all tests in the UK have to be booked before leaving Italia and done with government-approved suppliers.

I’m planning on going at the end of August for the first time in a couple of years.

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Has anyone driven to UK recently; how much importance/attention is given to the Passenger Locator Form, please?
I have messed-up my application for a PLF account with the result that, if I try to start again, I am informed that an account already exists but has not been activated (the system requires the phone country code to be entered as"+" in the application and not "00").
The Immigration Service helpline, 0800 6781667, isn't.
I would be grateful for suggestions. I am catching the Rotterdam - Hull ferry on Wednesday evening (Test Rapido permitting).
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Originally Posted by jiminalpago View Post
Has anyone driven to UK recently; how much importance/attention is given to the Passenger Locator Form, please?
I have messed-up my application for a PLF account with the result that, if I try to start again, I am informed that an account already exists but has not been activated (the system requires the phone country code to be entered as"+" in the application and not "00").
The Immigration Service helpline, 0800 6781667, isn't.
I would be grateful for suggestions. I am catching the Rotterdam - Hull ferry on Wednesday evening (Test Rapido permitting).
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Who's a silly boy, then?
Looked at the site again and realised I don't need an account, I can use a one-journey Form, which I've logged.
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Old Aug 3rd 2021, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by campos View Post
If anyone has a source for reasonably priced PCR tests required in UK...
Does the day 2 UK test need to be a PCR one? Or can it be a rapid one?
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Old Aug 3rd 2021, 12:15 pm
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Day 2 test is supposed to be a PCR one, I'm afraid. The reason given is that only PCR tests are able to identify the genomic structure of infected samples and hence new variants. I'm not sure that this makes 100% sense, since it would be possible to require someone testing positive with a lateral flow test to then take a PCR test. But maybe that's too complicared
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