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Message posted by daleswalker12/4/2021 at 1:01pm
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I'm getting ready to come back to Blighty after working abroad for 4 months (non-red list country). By law I have to get a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 after I land. No issue with this (although £210.00 seems a little steep) and then I can release myself from quarantine once I receive the results (assuming they're negative). What I don't understand is that I can "test to release" on day 5 (for another £125.00!!) so the boffins obviously think that after 5 days and a neg result you're safe to enter the real world so why are we having to bother with the day 2/8 process? By the way, even if I opt to "test to release" on day 5 I still have to complete the test on day 8. Coming home has never been so difficult!

Message posted by lidds0 via mobile 12/4/2021 at 8:59pm
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It all seems a bit bonkers, doesn't it?!

If the Powers That Be are prepared to release you following negative PCR test on day 5 as part of the Test To Release scheme (day 1 being the day after you arrive back in the UK), then why not scrap the day 2 and day 8 tests and just go for the single day 5 one?

The gov website states you must continue with the day 8 test regardless of day 5 result, which supposedly means some people may develop covid between days 5 and 8 (which surely signifies the Test To Release scheme is potentially flawed!


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Also noticed, regarding the Test to Release (on day 5) scheme:

'The test provider will either send a test to your address or you can attend a testing site. You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.'

So you can go out to post your test on day 5 of your quarantine period, or travel to a testing site (using public transport if you have to).

That makes everything so much safer, doesn't it? 🤔

Message posted by daleswalker13/4/2021 at 4:40am
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I'm not usually a cynical man but at the prices they charge it seems like a bit of a money spinner and as you say Lidds, so many contradictory processes. Still coming from a dry country in time for the pubs to open makes it worthwhile!!

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There’s a thread about this on the Camping Abroad Forum.

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Message posted by ST1100 via mobile 13/4/2021 at 3:55pm
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 12/4/2021
It all seems a bit bonkers, doesn't it?!

If the Powers That Be are prepared to release you following negative PCR test on day 5 as part of the Test To Release scheme (day 1 being the day after you arrive back in the UK), then why not scrap the day 2 and day 8 tests and just go for the single day 5 one?

The gov website states you must continue with the day 8 test regardless of day 5 result, which supposedly means some people may develop covid between days 5 and 8 (which surely signifies the Test To Release scheme is potentially flawed!




It's to make sure the tests catch those that have just caught the virus where the tests on day 2 and 5 don't show up yet as being positive as too early to show up where the one on day 8 would show it.
The earlier one would pick up those that could the virus a few days before catching the flight home that the tests abroad have missed.

Message posted by David Klyne14/4/2021 at 8:14pm
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According to the BBC News website one of the suppliers of tests is reconsidering the prices they are charging as there have been so many complaints. Talk of the cost being reduced to £60?

David

Message posted by blueexpo9715/4/2021 at 7:23am
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Randox is the company offering the £60 test.

But initially you need to get a code from the airline you are travelling with to get it at that price.

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