British Airways passengers can book Covid test with flight ticket

Testing kits sent to customers' homes under scheme to boost summer travel

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  A passenger wearing a protective mask boards a flight on October 20, 2020 at Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport in London, United Kingdom. The British government is being pressed to create a covid-19 testing system to ease restrictions on inbound and outbound travelers. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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British Airways passengers can book pre-travel Covid-19 tests directly with the airline in preparation for the restart of summer travel.

The resumption of international travel is subject to a government review on April 12.

Travel corridors, which allowed unrestricted movement between Britain and some low-risk countries, could be re-introduced, and requirements for a negative Covid-19 test before departure or arrival could be mandatory.

BA said on Thursday a new deal with Qured would make it easier for travellers to take a test abroad and meet requirements for their return to the UK.

The test will cost £33 ($46) and will be delivered to the passenger's home before they depart.

They would take the kit abroad from where they would carry out the test with guidance from an adviser on a video call.

The result would be given in 20 minutes and the "fit to fly" certificate downloaded to the customer's phone.

The airline said it was removing uncertainty for would-be travellers at a discounted price, as similar tests can cost more than £100.

"As we look forward and prepare for a safe return to travel, we remain focused on finding and offering the most convenient and affordable testing options for our customers," BA chief executive Sean Doyle said.

Travel from the UK is banned for all but essential reasons. For those who do travel, there is a requirement for three Covid-19 tests: one before departure, one on day two after arrival and one on day eight.

Arrivals must also self-isolate for 10 days, with those coming from 33 “red-list” countries, including the UAE, required to enter hotel quarantine.