COVID-19 Testing

Covid-19 travel certificate

As restrictions on international travel are gradually being lifted, many destination countries require a medical certificate showing proof of a negative test result for Covid-19, either to gain entry or to avoid the need to quarantine. Even in cases where the destination country does not require proof of a negative result, knowing you are coronavirus free before travelling to a foreign country can give you extra peace of mind. Please check with your airline or destination country to determine how soon before departure the test has to be taken and processed by the lab.

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4 easy steps to fly safely

  1. Work out when you need to take your test: Many destinations require a negative result from a sample taken no more than 72 hours before your flight.
  2. Book your test and certificate:  Once you’ve confirmed travel dates and when you’ll need to take the test, you can contact us to book your test.
  3. Attend your appointment: Come to our testing facility close to Aberdeen International Airport and one of our trained staff will take your sample and process it ready to go to our local lab.
  4. Getting your results: We usually return your results the same day but it can take up to 24 hours. They will be sent to you via email, along with a travel certificate, if purchased. This will include the sample date and the date of the results.

The roll-out of the UK’s vaccine programme has been nothing short of remarkable but we must be especially careful not to let our guard down at the present moment.  As highlighted in a recent article in Energy Voice (link) the 5 key principles, which have served the off-shore industry so well, remain pertinent and are applicable in a wider context:

Get tested: Premobilisation testing remains central to limiting transmission in remote environments – such as in the North Sea but is equally relevant to overseas travel.

Understand the limits of testing: While testing is a highly effective contributor to virus protection, it is not fool proof. Occasional false negatives will arise with any test and we carefully monitor all tests to identify and highlight abnormal patterns.

Stay in your bubble: Remember that a negative test is not the same as immunity. There is a great risk of post-test infection if individuals enter a non-Covid secure environment after testing. Returning home or going back to the hotel in the event of delayed flights, for example, opens the individual up to catching a highly opportunistic and infectious virus.

Beware in-transit transmission: Squeeze points through which many people pass, can result in virus transmission from handrails, doors and other surfaces. That’s why personal hygiene – handwashing, sanitising, facemasks – and rigorous and regular disinfection/deep cleaning of premises is essential.

Keep vigilant: Sticking rigidly to good habits like social distancing,  washing hands, sanitising, and wearing masks may be frustrating but it is potentially lifesaving.

By staying aware and staying vigilant we can help prevent the spread of the virus accross a variety of settings