Wizz Air offers discounted Covid tests and travel certificates for passengers – costing £85pp

Wizz Air will start offering British passengers Covid tests and Covid-free travel certificates from November 27.

The Hungarian airline's “Fit to Fly” package, which includes a PCR swab test and certificate, will be available for £85.

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The £85 cost is offered through a deal between the airline and partner, Confirm Testing, and is cheaper than the £110 cost without the Wizz discount.

Several countries including Spain now ask tourists to provide evidence of a negative Covid test on arrival.

From December 15, travellers entering the UK from high risk ‘red’ countries will also be permitted to take one-hour Covid tests that lets them leave self-isolation after just five days, compared to the usual 14 days.

Only essential travel is currently allowed in England, as the country is in lockdown, but holidays will be able to go ahead from December 2, the government has confirmed.

The Wizz Air test kits will include a collection bottle containing saline and a swab, protective packing wallet, a clear specimen bag to seal the sample, sample label, request form, and a return envelope with prepaid shipping.

For customers requiring a negative test result 72 and 96 hours before travelling, kits can be ordered weeks in advance of a flight and kept at home.

Travellers are advised to order tests at least five days before their flight and then perform and return the test via Royal Mail four days before.

The test sample will arrive at the laboratory three days before the flight and will be analysed to internationally-recognised ISO 17025 standards.

The day before the flight, test results are returned and if purchased, a Fit to Fly certificate will be issued for negative test results.

Boris Johnson yesterday gave the go-ahead for their new “test and release” scheme, which will see passengers tested for the deadly virus and allowed to continue their normal lives after five days of self-isolation once getting the all clear.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told The Sun yesterday that the regime had been “one of the most complex pieces of policies I have worked on.”

All destinations will be covered under the new scheme, and a test does not need to be booked in advance of travel.

The new system is flexible enough, so that you can book the test from around 20 private clinics, with a range of tests available.

Mr Shapps added: “We’re not specifying the type of test, just the standard of the test.

“That means leaves the way open for fast results and all those things will become much more possible.”

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