A UK Visit of less than 24 hours

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  • CathayLoyalist2
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    I may be faced with such a trip next week to the UK from Spain arriving midday/early afternoon on one day and leaving early morning the next day. How do I accommodate a day 2 pcr test if I am in the UK for 24 hours or less? Any thoughts?

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    K1ngston
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    Cant you get away with the lateral flow tests now? If so its easy self application and register with the NHS I did it every time I visited my mum in her home? Good luck!

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    Johnnyg
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    I may be faced with such a trip next week to the UK from Spain arriving midday/early afternoon on one day and leaving early morning the next day. How do I accommodate a day 2 pcr test if I am in the UK for 24 hours or less? Any thoughts?

    Funnily enough I found this for a friend earlier tonight, does it help. It is from the Connexion French news and views. Dated today.

    https://www.connexionfrance.com/Practical/Your-Questions/France-to-UK-travel-Do-I-need-to-buy-Day-2-Covid-test-for-a-day-trip

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    Swissdiver
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    I face a similar situation. My take is I have to book a test … not to take it as in day 2, I will have left the country!

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    CathayLoyalist2
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    JohnnyG , yes thank you


    CathayLoyalist2
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    KIngston, the lateral flow comes in towards/at the end of October


    Helen
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    The last time I did this I was able to claim the exemption for transiting landside within 24 hours. When the PLF asks “What are your plans?” reply “Stay in UK”. At the question “Are you required to book a COVID-19 test package” reply “No” and claim the 24-hour transit exemption. The PLF is then generated without the need to buy a day 2 test. Proof of onward travel arrangements may have to be shown at the border (but wasn’t in my case).

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    MartynSinclair
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    What I would do if forced to buy a day 2 test which was then unused (for allowable reasons) is to re use the code and use the test the next time I needed to complete a UK entry locator form.

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    maxgeorge
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    Helen has it right.

    You can claim ‘exempt’ on the Locator Form if you have a flight out of the UK within 24 hours. No need to book a test.

    You can go landside, as I did twice recently connecting to a Finnair flight, so you can book a hotel for the night. AY requires proof of vaccination, but no test.

    In my case, both times at check-in for the flight to the UK I was asked to show proof of an onward booking.

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    Swissdiver
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    I guess Helen’s solution works for a 24 hours exception, and not for 30 hours…

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    CathayLoyalist2
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    As it turned out the emergency trip was not necessary but the information was nonetheless useful for which I thank all the contributors


    SimonS1
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    One other angle on this. The day 2 test is actually on or before 2 days.

    I’ve done this 3 times in the last month and taken the test immediately on landing. Logistically much easier and you have to pay regardless. I believe we move to lateral flows from today.


    CathayLoyalist2
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    One other angle on this. The day 2 test is actually on or before 2 days.

    I’ve done this 3 times in the last month and taken the test immediately on landing. Logistically much easier and you have to pay regardless. I believe we move to lateral flows from today.

    Yes lateral flow replaces PCR for returning people, as from yesterday Oct 24th, unless a lateral flow test shows positive then you need a PCR test. Did you get the test at the airport as there was talk about providing tests at airports, or have I misread/misunderstood that?


    maxgeorge
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    I’ve used ExpressTest at LHR T3, right outside Arrivals, on the forecourt. They have other Heathrow locations. Efficient, reliable.

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    Swissdiver
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    One other angle on this. The day 2 test is actually on or before 2 days.

    I’ve done this 3 times in the last month and taken the test immediately on landing. Logistically much easier and you have to pay regardless. I believe we move to lateral flows from today.

    That is if you have to do it anyway… But I’d rather skip it since I’ll be out of the country after 30ish hours.

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