frequently asked questions
A rapid antigen test looks for the presence of specific proteins called antigens based on the surface of the virus from a nose or throat swab sample.
Before you arrive in the UK, you must book a Day 2 lateral flow test that takes place on or before day 2 after your arrival. (The day you arrive is day 0.)
You do not have to quarantine when you arrive in the UK.
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.
The vaccine must be administered under either:
- the UK vaccination programme
- an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK
If you booked a lateral flow test and the result is positive, you must take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate until you get the result of the PCR test.
If the PCR test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the lateral flow test is day 0. Members of your household may also be asked to self-isolate.
A simple nasal swab is taken and applied to the lateral flow device. Results are then provided within 15 minutes. Please watch our video below on how to take a rapid antigen test.
– Please ensure you complete the registration to the online portal before your virtual meeting
– Download Microsoft Teams if logging in through a mobile/tablet
– Ensure you have a stable internet connection (1/2MB’s)
Your results will be ready within 15-20 minutes after your sample has been applied to the device.
Your fit to fly certificate will be made available in your Recova portal for you to download after your negative result allowing you to travel internationally. You will receive your certificate during your appointment.
Dial into your virtual appointment (video call) with your lateral flow test kit and one of our trained testers will oversee you taking the test.
After 15 minutes you will receive a fit-t0-fly certificate to allow you travel if your result is negative.
Yes you will receive this certificate shortly after your negative result. You will be notified by email when your result is ready in your portal.
The tests we use meet the performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.
For virtual appointments, we use Flowflex™ SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Sensitivity: 97.1%, Specificity: 99.6%.