COVID-19 Pre-travel RT-PCR Swab for flight or ferry with Express Courier Pick-up

Order by 1pm for Same Day Despatch (m-f).
Delivery is tracked but currently taking 1-2 working days - please ensure you order well in advance of your need for this test.
UPS Courier Pick-up included Mo-Th, pay £25 extra for Friday pickup for weekend delivery. To be requested at least 1 working day in advance
Register the kit barcode online
Results by end of next day after lab receipt of sample or you get a full refund.
Results sent via email

Pre-Travel COVID RT-PCR Swabs for flights and ferries with Express Courier pick-up - Overview


Blue Horizon are pleased to deliver this all inclusive postal COVID-19 Pre-travel swab service for flights and ferries with Express Courier Return to the Laboratory. This bespoke service vastly minimises the risks and consequent disruption of not receiving a timely result. Please note that this has replaced our previous service where we included Royal Mail Tracked24 Labels (hence the slightly higher price), but you are still welcome to make your own return to laboratory arrangements if you wish. If you don't get your results by the end of the day following the day that the lab receives your sample, you get your money back!

Checks before you place an order..

  • We are dispatching orders by Royal Mail on the same day if ordered before 1pm. We use the "next day by 1" service, but are currently seeing deliveries take 1-2 working days. You will receive a tracking number once we have dispatched. We have investigated other delivery services, they are all similarly affected. Please make sure you order in plenty of time to guarantee you have your kit for when you need it. As Christmas approaches, we expect this delay to get worse.
  • Please check that the timing calculation charts below for the (sample to departure) window fit with your flight or ferry logistic needs. Some travel days we cannot cover unfortunately due to a combination of covid restrictions and courier restrictions.

Logistical Considerations

  1. When do you need your results by? There are a few logistical considerations before you go ahead - see charts below.
  2. Are you wanting a friday collection for delivery to lab on Saturday? Select Weekend Delivery from the dropdown above. This is an extra £25
  3. Look out for an email once you've placed your order with links to the forms you'll need to complete to request your courier and register your kit online. You'll also get these with your kit.
  4. Courier pickup cannot be requested same day - we must have at least one working day's notice.
  5. Are you short on time? The services below may be useful.

https://collectsameday.co.uk/ - Collect Same Day - 0333 344 3028 They will collect the same day, and drive it straight to the laboratory. Not the cheapest option, but very effective.

https://www.royalmail.com/sending/uk/sameday - Royal Mail Same Day - 03300 885 522 - Similar service to Collect Same Day.

(Please avoid using the Royal Mail signed next day service or a parcelforce service for your sample return as these are no longer accepted means of returning covid samples to laboratories).

What do we Guarantee?

If you do not get your results emailed to you by the end of the date following the date the laboratory receives your sample we will issue a full refund.

What do we not Guarantee?

Although a UPS return to lab courier is included in the price, we cannot guarantee that UPS will deliver the next day, although their current success rate at this is 96%. If timing is crucial, we suggest using one of the same day services outlined above at your own cost.

 

Travel Window Calculation Charts      


The following charts are designed to help you work out the day that you will need to take your swab and have your courier collect your sample, depending on which day you need to travel. There is a separate chart for a 3 and a 4 day flight or ferry window.


Chart for calculating a 72 hour (3 day) travel window.

Having just a 72 hour window in which to take your swab before your departure can be challenging - indeed, if your flight or ferry departure is on a Tuesday or a Wednesday we advise that you either rebook your travel for a day that gives you less challenges or use a same day courier to get your sample to the lab in time.

What day is your flight You need to take your sample and send off on day below using our UPS next day service, unless advised differently below. You should get results on

Thursday

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Tuesday

Thursday

Saturday

Wednesday

Friday

Sunday

Thursday

Saturday

Monday

Friday (select weekend delivery option above at an extra £25)

Sunday

Tuesday

Saturday, but you'll need to book your own same day courier at extra cost to yourself.

Monday

Wednesday

Sunday, but you'll need to book your own same day courier at extra cost to yourself

Tuesday


Chart for calculating a 96 hour (4 day) travel window.

If you have been given a 96 hour window in which to take your swab before your flight or ferry departure then depending on the day of your flight or ferry, you may have a choice of days on which to take your swab. However, we strongly advise you make full use of the window and take the swab as early as the 96 hours permits.

What day is your flight You need to take your sample and send off on day below using our UPS next day service, unless advised differently below. You should get results on

Thursday

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Monday or Tuesday

Wednesday or Thursday

Saturday

Tuesday or Wednesday

Thursday or Friday

Sunday

Wednesday or Thursday

Friday or Saturday

Monday

Thursday

Saturday

Tuesday

Friday (select weekend delivery option above)

Sunday

Wednesday

Saturday, but you'll need to book your own same day courier at extra cost to yourself.

Monday




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