COVID Fit to Fly PCR Test

COVID Fit to Fly PCR Test

As we are currently safely exiting lockdown v3 here at Peak Pharmacy, we are delighted to introduce our fit to fly covid test and travel certificate which can be taken away to swab from the comfort of your own home or self-swabbed in the pharmacy.

Price: £120

Our COVID Test

Our swab antigen RT-PCR test is carried out at a UK laboratory and has a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100% meaning you and your airline can be confident that the result is accurate.

A RT-PCR test is a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction test and it is currently the most accurate form of testing available.

How much does it cost?

Our PCR tests are priced at £120 for a test.

It is your responsibility to get the timing of your test just right otherwise you may not be able to fly. 

Please speak with your airline and check the FCO website for country-specific information on timings and suitable tests as they may vary.

Want a home COVID fit to fly test?

No problem.  Please get in touch with your local participating branch of the Peak Pharmacy group below to find out more, but be assured the test couldn’t be easier with instructional videos, and a scannable QR code. Make sure you buy your COVID test early though so you can plan ahead.

Unfortunately, not all Peak Pharmacy stores are involved in the COVID fit to fly certification initiative, but more will be added in due course, so please check back often to see if your local branch is involved.

By the way, are you looking for the new Pharmacy Collect COVID lateral flow test scheme? We can also assist. The scheme is not for travel but for twice-weekly testing at home for people who are asymptomatic. It’s free of charge and you can find out more on our Pharmacy Collect Lateral Flow Test service page.

We are also delighted to announce that we can now offer Test to Release, the optional Day 5 test at a number of our pharmacies as well as the Day 2 and 8 travel package.

When should I get tested for COVID pre-flight?

Unfortunately, this depends on your airline and your destination. In the first instance please contact your airline of the Foreign and Commenwealth Office for more information.

For example, your flight leaves at 1 pm on Saturday and the airline request a test carried out no earlier than 72 hours prior.

You would need to do the test after 1 pm on Wednesday and be passed to an appropriate courier that afternoon prior to the last collection. The sample should arrive at the lab on Thursday and you should get your result by email on Friday/Saturday in time for your flight Saturday Lunch.

Whilst the lab works around the clock processing samples, our couriers don’t, so please speak with the pharmacy to ensure they can get the sample to the lab quickly enough. Usually our couriers accept samples Monday to Friday for next day delivery to the lab, however some of our shops can now offer a next day service Monday – Saturday.


Service Disclaimer

What are you responsible for?

It is your responsibility as the customer to ensure that you:

  • Choose an appropriate test for your destination. Not all countries want an antigen RT-PCR test.
  • Select the appropriate time. Whilst most countries expect 72 hours prior to departure, some may want 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • If posting yourself, choose an appropriate courier.

SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing Service

The following disclaimer applies to takeaway testing and testing carried out on our premises.

Peak Pharmacy waives all responsibility for tests results not arriving back in time for your flight.  If you choose to purchase a kit to do at home Peak Pharmacy suggest you use DX to courier your sample.  No refunds will be issued for these kits. Please ask in store for your nearest drop location.

Other couriers will accept COVID Samples for example Royal Mail (Tracked 24 purchased from click and drop) but delivery times to the lab vary. Samples should arrive the next working day but often don’t. So if it is time-specific then please use DX or a Drop Location.

It is your responsibility as the customer to follow the lab’s instructions carefully, and select a suitable courier method to return the kit.

Liability Statement

Peak Pharmacy will not be held liable for any circumstances beyond our control or any expenses that you may incur as a result of a test result not arriving back from the laboratory in time.  For example, circumstances beyond our control could include lost parcels, inconclusive tests, positive tests and lab delays leading to a refusal to enter a country/board the plane.  This list is not exhaustive and is for illustrative purposes only.


Which pharmacies are providing COVID PCR Tests?

COVID fit for fly testing Pharmacies are located in Derby, Nottingham, Northampton (Olney), Ilkeston, and Manchester. To schedule an appointment or find out more simply give our pharmacist a call.

Arrival back in the UK

Chances are you are leaving the UK, and are planning to return. If this is the vase then you need to know whether the country you are visiting is on the Red List, Amber List or Green List as this will affect the type and quantity of tests as well as the quarantine periods/locations upon return. To find out more have a read of the DHSC guide prior to your departure.

Need more information?

Then either phone one of our pharmacy teams above, or drop us a contact enquiry via the website.

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