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At last after 3 years away, I am due to travel to the USA a week on Thursday for my 20th wedding anniversary.
I obviously do not want to get this wrong.
I have a new passport and new ESTA.
I have my Covid pass on my phone and tablet, and for safety I will take a paper copy. Where and when do you have to show these?
What I am less sure of is the lateral flow rules.
When it says: required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
For a 6 pm flight does that mean:
1. Any time only on the day of the departure.
2. After 6 pm on the day before departure.
3. Any time on the day before departure.
I live in rural Wales, so my likely route is to get it at Heathrow, so I would be glad of advice on real experiences at getting it off site or in T5, and how much time before departure should I take it.
Grateful for any other advice too.
Thanking you in anticipation.30 May 2022
I believe it is any time the day before, so that would be option 2 from your list there, except you could take the test first thing in the morning the day before if you liked
Having said that, if you want to get the test at Heathrow it would probably be better to get there early, take the test, and then join the queue for check-in !
We don’t recommend any particular testing company, but I’m sure others who have used them will do so.
You can see the on-site one here
A rapid antigen test is all that is required, though you could get a PCR if you wanted more peace of mind.30 May 2022
The 4 times I’ve travelled to the US since late Nov last year I’ve always taken the test early the day before departure. On all occasions over 24 hours before the scheduled flight time.
Unless it has very recently changed it has to be a supervised test. I’ve used Medicspot who charge around £20 for a supervised antigen and I’ve received the doctor signed letter within 30 mins after submitting the result.
You then need to complete Verifly, and the wait for the this can be a couple of hours. (I’ve not opted to pay for the expedited service they were punting last month).
You can then complete online check in.
It’s worth setting up your trip in Verifly ahead of taking the pre-departure test.
Take paper copies just to be on the safe side, though I’ve not been asked for these at LHR as Verifly has worked. Otherwise I suspect you’ll be asked for these at check in.
As for arrival into the US, it’s exactly as it was pre-Covid. All US requirements are handled before you leave UK / departure country.
(I thoroughly enjoyed returning after a 21 month hiatus).30 May 2022
I’ve used Qured.com for a video monitored test and works really well. Booked a time 24hours before flight, test results delivered typically within 45 minutes (although they say allow 2 hours) and then upload to VeriFLY. Once the results are accepted you can checkin on line 👍🏼31 May 2022
I am travelling next Friday to the US (Portland) and am using Qured as well. This is not a recommendation, since it’s been a long while since I did use Qured.
Here is a review of the antigen test.
If you read the comments, you can see why we don’t make particular recommendations.
It’s like the thread here about Gatwick Airport
– some are finding it problem free, while others….31 May 2022
I guess I would be best to do my own test first, and then if the official test shows positive when I was expecting negative, I would have something to go on, but would I then have time?31 May 2022
When I’ve booked with the company I used they offered a spare kit for an extra £5, I believe to cover this possibility.
I’d suggest if you are flying next Thursday, and wish to go the antigen route, to order a kit asap, given the two day bank holiday this week. Plus the ability to book a supervised slot may well decrease the closer to the departure date you leave it.31 May 2022
Qured have been excellent on both times that I have used them for the US entry. No issues in getting an appointment and it can be any time the day before departure, so even for 1800 departures you can do it at 1000 the day before. VeriFLY is easy to use as well, they have reduced the number of steps that are needed.
False positives happen but they seem to be rare than false negatives. If you are worried do a practice test before, or buy a second test kit – they are only £15 including the on screen appointment. I have known people to fake the test, it’s actually quite easy to do even with them watching – they don’t really look at much, though wouldn’t recommend it!
On the two trips I’ve made in documents have been needed either at the airport in the UK (using VeriFLY) or on arrival in the US. I do know of someone that was asked for their covid pass, and the NHS app version, in GooglePay was accepted. I just kept all of my covid pass and negative test documents on my phone. In the US I was only asked for my pass in one restaurant in LA on my last trip and on a tour, and they all accept the digital pass – a big difference to the mangled pieces of card that most people in the States are carrying around with them.
Have a great trip and happy anniversary!31 May 2022
I have just returned from the States and took a supervised antigen test (via Zoom) with Prenetics. This was very quick and painless on the day prior to departure (around 30 hours before the flight). We flew with Virgin and had the option to upload copies of our results and vaccine cert or just show these at the airport. We chose the latter and someone checked the docs as we waiting to check our bags in. Never once in the States was I asked to show my negative result and / or vaccine passport, and this included internal flights.
Have a great time
M31 May 2022