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World Heathrow Offers Pre-Departure Rapid Covid-19 Tests

11:40  20 october  2020
11:40  20 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Heathrow launches £80 twenty-minute airport COVID test amid hopes it will reopen air travel and Heathrow Airport is to offer passengers £80 pre - departure coronavirus tests Transport Secretary: Rapid daily tests could lead to end of quarantine altogether

Heathrow airport has been carrying out trials of a coronavirus test that claims to provide results in as little as 30 seconds, in the hope of screening Oxford and Manchester universities are working with Heathrow on the three rapid tests to screen people on arrival and departure for Covid - 19 infection.

(Bloomberg) -- London Heathrow airport will offer rapid Covid-19 tests to departing passengers as more countries require travelers to provide a clean analysis as a condition for entry.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Travellers exit Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 on August 22, 2020 in London, England. As of Saturday morning at 4am, travellers arriving in England from Austria, Croatia, and Trinidad and Tobago were required to quarantine themselves for 14 days. At the same time, travellers from Portugal were no longer required to quarantine. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images) © Photographer: Hollie Adams/Getty Images Europe LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Travellers exit Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 on August 22, 2020 in London, England. As of Saturday morning at 4am, travellers arriving in England from Austria, Croatia, and Trinidad and Tobago were required to quarantine themselves for 14 days. At the same time, travellers from Portugal were no longer required to quarantine. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

The Oxford LAMP rapid Covid-19 tests will cost 80 pounds ($104) and can be used for travel to the increasing roster of countries such as Hong Kong and Italy that are conditioning entry on a negative Covid-19 result, according to a statement Tuesday from Collinson Group, which set up the facility at Heathrow. Results will be available in as little as 60 minutes. Other countries including Cyprus and the Bahamas mandate a RT-PCR test, which takes longer and isn’t offered at Heathrow.

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A new Covid test centre is ready to start rapid testing of inbound passengers arriving at Heathrow airport’s Terminal 2, as soon as the government gives it Heathrow is waiting for the green light from the government to allow arrivals who test negative to leave quarantine much sooner. It is hoped that

The COVID - 19 pandemic has taken an immeasurable human toll around the world. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) worked with two partners to offer on-arrival testing appointments for inbound passengers, which Pre - departure COVID testing is not a bad idea, but what if a tourist contracts

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Travellers exit Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 on August 22, 2020 in London, England. As of Saturday morning at 4am, travellers arriving in England from Austria, Croatia, and Trinidad and Tobago were required to quarantine themselves for 14 days. At the same time, travellers from Portugal were no longer required to quarantine. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images) © Photographer: Hollie Adams/Getty Images Europe LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Travellers exit Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 on August 22, 2020 in London, England. As of Saturday morning at 4am, travellers arriving in England from Austria, Croatia, and Trinidad and Tobago were required to quarantine themselves for 14 days. At the same time, travellers from Portugal were no longer required to quarantine. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Airlines and airport operators have been asking for travel restrictions to be eased and replaced with a testing regime that would open up more destinations and give passengers increased certainty about flying. Some countries are adopting this approach, although the specific measures vary.

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United Airlines will offer some Hawaii-bound customers rapid -response coronavirus tests at the airport, an effort to get United is the first U.S. airline to offer a Covid - 19 testing program. Passengers booked from United's San Francisco hub to Hawaii, one of its most popular destinations, will have that

Rapid testing is appealing because receiving fast results means a person knows sooner whether they need to isolate to avoid transmitting the virus to others. There are three types of COVID - 19 tests : Genetic (or molecular) tests, antigen tests, and antibody tests. An increase in rapid testing could

The U.K. has set up a task force to consider using tests to halve its two-week quarantine period for incoming air passengers, although airlines have said even that is too long.

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Singapore and Hong Kong agreed last week to open their borders to one another for the first time in almost seven months, with testing mandatory for travelers. Details of the program, which is expected to start within weeks, haven’t yet been publicly laid out.

Italy is expanding a virus-testing trial started at Rome’s Fiumicino airport in September. Airports in Paris and Nice will begin deploying rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers heading to the U.S., Italy and French overseas territories by the end of this month, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said Tuesday in a radio interview.

U.K. Quarantine

U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Monday that the U.K. was considering a test regime that could be in place by Dec. 1. It would allow travelers to take a test a week after arriving in the country to obtain an early end to the two-week quarantine. The government is also discussing setting up a trial program involving pre-isolation and testing with several countries, including the U.S., he said without giving a date.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ new chief executive officer, said Monday that a seven-day quarantine won’t work. He said he’s heard little from the U.S. or U.K. on the proposed pilot program for virus testing on London-New York services.

“We aren’t getting any support or action and we’re not hearing from governments what they’re thinking,” he said at an Airlines 2050 webinar.

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