How to save money on COVID-19 travel tests

Ellie Green
Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 22:02

How to Save Money on COVID-19 Travel Tests

With the rules changing yet again and more countries around the world open to travellers from the UK, going on holiday is back on the cards after a long eighteen months of dealing with COVID-19. For many, the option to fly away to somewhere hot and sunny is a welcome break and for those who have been working throughout the pandemic, a relaxing holiday is definitely needed. However, when travelling nowadays, there’s more to think about with many destinations requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test and tests to take once you return home to the UK, which must be purchased privately. Here are some tips to save money on your COVID-19 testing for travel.

Get the Vaccine

If you have not already been vaccinated, getting the vaccine is not only going to protect you and others from COVID-19 but will also help you save money on your COVID-19 testing needs when travelling. Many countries around the world including Spain, Greece, and Malta do not require visitors to take a COVID-19 test to enter the country as long as they can prove that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least fourteen days before. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will need to take a fit-to-fly test. Bear in mind that some countries will require you to take this test even if you are vaccinated, so be sure to check the entry requirements beforehand. Is it possible to get a same day COVID test? You may be able to get a same day COVID test to deem you fit to fly if needed. Check out My Health Care Clinic, where you can find a number of approved COVID-19 tests on sale for travel.

Get a Package Deal

The good news for travellers is that many airlines and holiday companies are now offering package deals including COVID-19 testing that you can take advantage of, to make things easier. Many of these are also cheaper deals compared to purchasing your COVID-19 tests separately and some are offering the option to include the tests in your monthly payments if you like to spread the cost of your holiday over a few months.

Shop Around

Whether you’re booking with a company that does not offer package deals or are just wanting to see if there are any cheaper options for COVID-19 testing before you decide where to buy from, it’s a good idea to take some time to shop around. The price of COVID-19 tests can vary a lot so it’s a good idea to compare different options. Home testing PCR kits for your day two test, if you are fully vaccinated and returning from a country where this will be required, are usually more expensive compared to getting tested on site – so it’s worth checking if there are any local test centres where you can have this done instead. Many airports have test sites that you can use, which can save time also.

COVID-19 testing has become an essential part of travel. The price can quickly add up, so keep these tips in mind for saving money.

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