COVID-19 RT-PCR Swab for Universal use for business, flight or ferry with Express Courier pick-up options.

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

Universally accepted COVID RT-PCR Swabs, suitable for pre-travel or general screening - Overview


Blue Horizon are pleased to deliver this universally accepted postal COVID-19 swab service that is widely accepted for flights and ferries, as well as for more general screening use. 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!

The Certificate from the laboratory will contain, at least, the following information:

1. Traveller’s name.
2. Passport or ID Number
3. Date and Time that the sample was taken.
4. Identification and contact details of the centre that performs the analysis.
5. Technique used (RT-PCR)
6. The test result, which we all hope is negative.

Results are sent via email as a laboratory certificate via PDF, please see our  example COVID-19 RT-PCR Swab results

Our Laboratory is ISO15189 accredited and registered with the CQC. Furthermore, they are registered with UKAS with the recommendation for extended scope for COVID PCR tests please see, https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-141869516/registration-info for CQC registrations.

The UKAS certificate which can be found on the link here: http://docs.bluehorizonmedicals.co.uk/source-bioscience-ukas-acceditation-iso15189.pdf

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. When you receive your kit you will be given links to the forms you'll need to complete to request your courier and register your kit online.
  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. Calculate Same Day Courier Costs

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 and a separate chart for calculating logistics over the Christmas period due to days that the couriers cannot collect or deliver on.


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 advised below, service dependent. You should get results by end of day on

Thursday

Monday. However, if you are dropping to lab same day yourself or using a same day courier, then Tuesday is sufficient.

Wednesday

Friday

Tuesday. However, if you are dropping to lab same day yourself or using a same day courier, then Wednesday is sufficient.

Thursday

Saturday

Wednesday. However, if you are dropping to lab same day yourself or using a same day courier, then Thursday is sufficient.

Friday

Sunday

Thursday. However, if you are dropping to lab same day yourself or using a same day courier, then Friday is sufficient.

Saturday

Monday

Friday (select weekend delivery option above). However, if you are dropping to lab same day yourself or using a same day courier, then Saturday is sufficient.

Sunday

Tuesday

Saturday or Sunday, but you will need to drop to lab same day yourself or use a same day courier

Monday

Wednesday

Sunday or Monday, but you will need to drop to lab same day yourself or use a same day courier

Tuesday


Flights around Christmas and New Year

The good news is that our Laboratory is open throughout Christmas, with no interruption to service. The bad news is that our regular courier services are affected around the bank holidays so to ensure that your sample falls within the 72 hour time window restrictions you will have to either take the sample to the laboratory yourself or use one of the same day courier services that we recommend.

What day is your flight You need to take your sample and send off on day below using the return service advised below. You should get results by end of day below

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Monday 21st by our standard UPS Courier Service

Monday 21st or Tuesday 22nd by a same day service or if you take it to Nottingham Lab yourself.

Wednesday 23rd December

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)

Tuesday 22nd by our standard UPS Courier Service.

Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd by a same day service or if you take it to Nottingham lab yourself.

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Saturday 26th December

Wednesday 23rd by our standard UPS Courier Service

Wednesday 23rd or Thursday 24th by a same day service or if you take to Nottingham Lab yourself.

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)

Sunday 27th December

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Thursday 24th or Friday 25th and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory

 

Saturday 26th December

Monday 28th December (Boxing Day)

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Friday 25th or Saturday 26th and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Sunday 27th December

Tuesday 29th December

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Monday 28th December

Wednesday 30th December

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Sunday 27th or Monday 28th and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Tuesday 29th December

Thursday 31st December (New Year's Eve)

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Monday 28th or Tuesday 29th and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Wednesday 30th December

Friday 1st January (New Year's Day)

Tuesday 29nd by our standard UPS Courier Service.

Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th by a same day service or if you take it to our Nottingham lab yourself.

Thursday 31st December

Saturday 2nd January

Wednesday 30th by our standard UPS Courier Service.

Wednesday 30th or Thursday 31st by a same day service or if you take it to our Nottingham lab yourself.

Friday 1st January

Sunday 3rd January

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Thursday 31st or Friday 1st and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Saturday 2nd January

Monday 4th January

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Friday 1st or Saturday 2nd and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Sunday 3rd January

Tuesday 5th January

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Monday 4th January

Wednesday 6th January

Our Standard UPS Services cannot help you.

Take sample on Sunday 3rd or Monday 4th and deliver same day either yourself or by a same day courier to our Nottingham Laboratory.

Tuesday 5th January

Thursday 7th January Onwards

Refer to standard 72 hour window table above this table


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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