Matrix and Collinson have announced a partnership to offer travellers in India a range of Covid-19 travel tests including RT-PCR, Antigen and serology tests, before their next journey. The Collinson-led and managed service will be available to Matrix customers to book their test-on-arrival into the UK and their pre-departure test from the UK- with special offer packages available for students.

Now available, the partnership enables Matrix customers to seamlessly and securely book a Covid-19 test through Matrix’s wholly owned mobile app called X Factor. Customers can book their ‘test-on-arrival’ before travelling to the UK and their ‘pre-departure test’ from the UK through the app, which will then re-direct the customer to Collinson’s secure portal to request an appointment at a number of testing facilities at major UK airports, the O2 Arena and St Pancras railway station. Upon completion of their test, customers will receive notification of their test results, which if negative, will enable them to enjoy their time in the UK without the need for quarantine (with regards to on-arrival testing) or travel to their intended destination (with regards to pre-departure testing).

The announcement follows on from recent Collinson research, conducted in partnership with CAPA which revealed that over half of respondents (54 per cent) expect robust COVID-19 testing protocols will remain key to re-opening borders until the end of 2022, with a further 26 per cent expecting this until the end of 2023. The research featured the opinions of a specially-selected group of over 400 C-Suite and senior managerial level travel experts globally.