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What is a Fit to Fly PCR test
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Feb 2022
What is a Covid-19 Fit to Fly PCR test & Why Do You Need It?
Updated on 18th February 2022.
If you are planning to go on holiday this summer, many destinations will probably require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before entry. Additionally, if you are not fully vaccinated you will also have to do a test before and after your trip back to the UK. Keep reading to learn more and to answer the question, ‘Can I find a PCR fit to fly test near me in Sheffield?’
Hundreds of COVID-19 test providers across the UK are currently offering a wide variety of testing options, making it even more stressful to find how, where and when you’ll get your pre-travel tests. This becomes even harder considering the requirements for testing when entering the UK. Get in touch with Totley Pharmacy today for a simple, effective and reliable PCR Fit to Fly test.
When do I need a PCR fit to fly test near me in Sheffield?
If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’ll generally be required to show proof of a negative test result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test before departure. It’s necessary to be aware of the entry requirements, since even fully vaccinated travellers will have to provide a negative test result in some instances.
A good number of destinations that require pre-travel testing accept PCR tests only. Chances are, you will be required to use a PCR test if you’re travelling to a country where proof of a negative COVID-19 test has to be provided.
What is a COVID fit to fly travel certificate?
A fit to fly certificate is a letter signed and stamped by a clinic accredited by the Care Quality Commission. It’s also signed by a doctor who’s registered with the GMC (General Medical Council). The letter is to confirm that your PCR swab test has turned negative, you don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms, and you are fit to fly.
Not all countries need the fit to fly certificate before entry. Make sure to check the foreign office website in advance to stay up to date.
When should I get tested for a PCR fit to fly certificate in Sheffield?
Some countries need the sample to be taken 72 hours prior to departure, others 92 hours before, while others need the report 48 hours prior to arrival. You should consult with your travel agent or airline for more accurate information, in order to avoid any confusion.
Can I get a PCR travel test through the NHS?
No. The NHS PCR test is available only to people who are symptomatic. Secondly, you’ll be required to provide the verified laboratory report, with UKAS accreditation, which you don’t get from the NHS. You only receive your results in form of a text or email.
What destinations need a negative PCR swab?
The list of destinations is subject to daily changes and you should check with your airline for up to date information. Some of the countries that currently make the list are Hungary, Cyprus, Dubai, Morocco, Bermuda, Egypt, Ethiopia, Austria, India, Qatar, and Iran. Ensure you make your own checks before departure , since the clinic will not take responsibility for any checking complications.
Is the PCR fit to fly test near me in Sheffield painful?
Many people who have undergone the PCR swab test have reported a little discomfort, in the form of irritation inside the nose and gagging slightly, but there should not be any pain. Even though the test isn’t enjoyable, the swab takes just under 15 minutes and it’s not such a bad experience!
Can I do my tests at home?
It’s vital to understand the rules associated with pre-travel testing. While tests done from home are acceptable in some destinations, there are some countries that require a test done in a clinic.
What tests do I need to return to the UK?
If you are fully vaccinated
You are required to complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to travelling back to the UK.
If not fully vaccinated
You’ll be required to do the following before travelling to England: Take a COVID-19 test in the 48 hours prior to travelling to England, book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test which will be taken on arrival (Day 2) and complete the UK passenger locator form within 48 hours prior to departing to England.
You will need to take a Covid-19 PCR test within 2 days of arrival. Check out our previous blog post on Day 2 Testing here:
Day 2 Testing
You’ll have to fill out your PCR test booking ref. number into the passenger locator form.
The PCR fit to fly test is available at Totley Pharmacy and you can pay us a visit today for further information. We also offer fit to fly antigen testing. However, you should check before travelling if your destination allows it as some countries may not accept it.

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This blog post was written on behalf of Totley Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.