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UK to Portugal- Pre flight PCR?

GailGwyn

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Hi everyone, please could someone tell me if I need a PCR test prior to boarding a UK flight to Portugal?

I can't seem to find any definitive information.

Thanks
 
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Yes, sorry, should have said - fully vaccinated.
We are just at the airport and yes you do need a negative covid test certificate - we did ours with randox - a home test you need the green travel pack although portugal is amber but if you are vaccinated you just need to do the 2 day test on teturn these are antigen tests but are acceptable on the government site ..did it sunday results yesterday flying today - was accepted at bag drop and ticked off - £92 for the green travel pack - hope that helps
 

GailGwyn

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We are just at the airport and yes you do need a negative covid test certificate - we did ours with randox - a home test you need the green travel pack although portugal is amber but if you are vaccinated you just need to do the 2 day test on teturn these are antigen tests but are acceptable on the government site ..did it sunday results yesterday flying today - was accepted at bag drop and ticked off - £92 for the green travel pack - hope that helps
Thank you. That's really helpful. I'll look at Randox. The test I have when I return home has to be done through a site approved by the Welsh Government (as I live in Wales)!

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From the UK's FCO site on entry requirements


If you have an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate, you do not need to have a COVID-19 test prior to travel. Be prepared to show a digital or paper copy of your certificate when you check-in for your flight and on arrival.

You can convert your UK NHS certificate to an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate, something that has become available recently. So the pre-flight PCR may not be needed so you might want to make further enquiries.

Confusing, isn't it.
 

GailGwyn

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From the UK's FCO site on entry requirements




You can convert your UK NHS certificate to an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate, something that has become available recently. So the pre-flight PCR may not be needed so you might want to make further enquiries.

Confusing, isn't it.
Yes, it is certainly confusing. I read the same information and that's why I thought I'd better ask on the forum if anyone else could make sense of it all 😂
 

domigee

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if you’re from the UK, as far as I know (I was there two weeks ago), everything’s fine. As long as you have a proof of vaccination, no probs.
I am reluctant to offer any advice as everything seems to change from day to day!
But that was my experience , no need for tests 🙂
The airline will ask you before boarding to show proof of vaccination.
Now when you fly to Spain, you need to fill-in their ‘health form’. I don’t inow about Portugal as I got there by bus..
 
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Corned Beef

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I am reluctant to offer any advice as everything seems to change from day to day!

The UK can change every 3 weeks. The next review/change is August 26th so the current published advice is only valid until then.
 

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The UK can change every 3 weeks. The next review/change is August 26th so the current published advice is only valid until then.
I'll keep everything crossed then as I've just booked our flights!
 
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Does anyone have any experience of getting PCR tests in Santiago which I will need to fly back to the UK. Are they easy to get and any cost info would be helpful
 

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Does anyone have any experience of getting PCR tests in Santiago which I will need to fly back to the UK. Are they easy to get and any cost info would be helpful
Check it personally, but the PCR to return to the UK from Spain is currently a ‘recommendation’ not a legal requirement. Providing a lateral flow test meets the specificity criteria it’s still accepted.

This is the ‘Daily Express’ (sorry!) but it covers the salient points

 
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