Wizz Air has partnered with laboratory Confirm Testing to offer passengers a discounted rate on rapid Covid-19 tests and ‘Fit to Fly’ certificates.

From November 27, customers will receive an exclusive promotion code, allowing them to buy the testing kits for £85 rather than the non-discounted price of £120.

This move comes after the UK government’s announcement that passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate. The new rules will begin on December 15.

Confirm Testing’s ‘Fit to Fly’ package includes a PCR swab test and certificate for negative test results – those who test positive will not be issued with a certificate.

The kit will be complete with a collection bottle containing saline and a swab, a protective packing wallet, a clear specimen bag to seal the sample, a sample label, request form and a return envelope with prepaid postage. It also contains instructions for taking the sample from the nose and throat.

The kit meets the requirements for passengers needing tests 72 and 96 hours before departure, as customers are able to order them weeks in advance of a flight and keep them at home – the kits do not require any special storage conditions.

The airline advises that customers order the tests at least five days before their departure date and return the test via Royal Mail four days before the flight. This will allow the lab to receive the sample three days prior to travel, analyse it to internationally-recognised ISO 17025 standards, and return the results the day before the flight. 

On the Confirm Testing’s website, the lab states that “the list of countries which require a Fit to Fly certificate changes frequently” and advises that customers check with the government of the country to which you are flying. The lab also has a dedicated page for the countries that require the certificates.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said:

“At Wizz Air, we are committed to getting the UK flying safely again, so it is with great excitement that we announce our partnership with Confirm Testing, through which our customers can secure the necessary testing services at a specially discounted price to travel internationally safely and confidently. We welcome the government’s new testing strategy, which will allow travellers returning to the UK to isolate for a shorter period if they have received a negative test. This is a vital step in stimulating demand for air travel and promoting the recovery of the UK aviation sector.”

The airline also recently launched a carbon offsetting scheme in partnership with Chooose to reduce the environmental impact of air travel.