News On Day 2 Tests – 24th October 2021

With the news from the Secretary of State for transport that SARS-CoV-2 lateral flow tests will be deemed adequate for Day 2 tests for visitors to the UK from Sunday 24th October, we are pleased to update you on this important area of testing. Lateral Flow test kits are readily available and an effective alternative that is lower cost than the cheapest PCR test options for travel, view the list of test providers.

In the ever-changing and seemingly upside-down world that Covid-19 has thrust us into, it can be difficult to keep up with changes of government advice, the need or not of Day 8 Tests, the ‘red list’ and testing requirements for overseas travel.

What Arrival Test Do I Need?

Right now – even if you are fully vaccinated – you need to arrange and carry out a ‘Day 2 Test’ after you arrive in any part of the UK from abroad as well as fill out a passenger locator form ahead of travel. There are different rules and a requirement to quarantine if your departure country is currently on the UK Government’s red list of countries. At the date of this blog – 26th October 2021 – this Day 2 Test can be a lateral flow test, but it must be specially recorded and certifiedRead more about your Day 2 Test.

PCR Testing Laboratory

If you have any Covid symptoms, you must take a (free) PCR test.  There is a key difference between PCR tests and the lateral flow tests that we supply. A PCR test is not a self-test kit in which you see the results within 15-30 minutes but rather the swab and buffer fluid are tested in a laboratory and the results are sent to you by text or email.

Other Low-Cost Lateral Flow Test Options

Our lateral flow test kits are excellent for regular use by staff at schools and businesses who don’t have symptoms of Covid 19, to check if they are negative or positive. You can click here for our range of lateral flow tests for sale online.  As we said above, everything is dynamic and changeable right now! If you are looking to purchase Day 2 tests for visitors, we recommend you check out suppliers such as Randox Health to purchase your Day 2 tests quickly and easily.  Take care when choosing based solely on price as you may have to travel 100 miles to get the test! Other companies offer a certain number cheap per day or for NHS workers only. Take notice of any good reviews. We’ve included a handy video from the NHS here to help you if you are taking a Lateral Flow Test at home: (You will notice this is for the nose and throat type – browse our range of nose-only tests.)

How Can We Help?

If you’re looking for low-cost lateral flow tests, the cheaper option when you don’t need it to be an official day 2 test can be bought online from Encompass or view the full range of LFT we offer for sale here.  Be free to contact us should you need any more advice.