Coronavirus: Concerns over Omicron trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases (Update 3)

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Coronavirus: Concerns over Omicron trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases (Update 3)

Post by Paphos Life » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:12 pm

Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered a sell-off on financial markets....

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Post by PhotoLady » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:16 pm

And for all arrivals in UK from overseas (no matter where in the world) it's back to a 2 Day PCR test, self-isolate until a Negative result is received.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-5944 ... type=share
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:14 am

We're on the point of cancelling our imminent trip to the UK. Main reason is the the new Day 2 PCR test, which we believe can only be conducted by post, and not by popping into a local provider, like we can so effortlessly do in Cyprus, with a result to your mobile early the next day.

The previous PCR testing and quarantine regime in the UK has long been known as hugely over-priced and corrupt, as travel expert, Alex Macheras' observations below reiterate. You don't have to be a genius to realise that with hundreds of thousands of inbound tourists to the UK DAILY now requiring PCR tests to be posted to them, and then having to wait days for a negative result to arrive, it's easily possible that half or more of a 10 day break could be spent in isolation. Let's not forget all the logistics/courier problems going on in the UK.

Added to which it is possible that by the time of the return date, European countries, Cyprus included, might require PCR tests before departure from the UK and may even demand 10 days of isolation on your return. Already, Switzerland has banned vistors from the UK unless they go into 10 day isolation on arrival.

If we're going to cancel we need to do so asap to avoid losing pre-paid deposits. My wife believed, or was hoping, that we could simply drive to a local PCR test centre and get a result within a day, but I believe that's not possible. What are others thoughts/experiences?

PCR tests on UK PLF list of providers show £98 per person.

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Post by wantoosoon » Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:04 am

I have to agree. The UK's private PCR regime is a total swindle. When my wife last did one, she never received her results. People are driven to the cheapest, least reliable companies by the high costs. I'm also reconsidering my Christmas trip to the UK. They should keep the rapid test requirement and then require state-funded PCR tests for those who test positive. There's no need for everyone arriving to take PCR tests.

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Post by Lofos-Jan » Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:33 am

Lloyd - the postal one is so simple. Ours was delivered to our hotel. Circular 1 Health (a company on the UK government approved list) is £49.99 but currently reduced to £37.

https://circular1.com/arriving-in-the-uk-travel-tests/

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Post by PhotoLady » Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:36 am

We just booked a trip to Spain on Friday but not travelling for around 3 months.
Spain updated their rules for us yesterday too - only fully vaccinated allowed to enter, no longer accepting a negative test results.

We returned to UK from Spain on 11 November using the LFT tests pre-booked and paid for before we left UK.
Very simple, 20 minutes for results to show, photo of test with the code visible and upload to the testing company website. Code gets matched to your purchase automatically and confirmation of receipt sent almost immediately.
We uploaded our results on Sunday and confirmation of our negative test emailed within 2hrs. £12 person.

I've just checked the rules of return to UK on our government website and the update from yesterday has not been updated as yet.

Depending where and the time you arrive in UK, you can pre-book your test to be taken at your arrival airport. A friend of ours did it at Manchester in October.

There's a list of testing companies on the UK Government website and the bigger company appears to be Randox. They have Drop Boxes which are collected directly or you put your test kit into one of the Priority postboxes. We have a priority postbox outside our village post office and mail is collected 3 times per day by Royal Mail.

They say they will review again in 3 weeks which leaves no room for shuffling Christmas plans 😞
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Post by Lofos-Jan » Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:49 am

You can also book a test on arrival at the airport test centres. Just Google the airport name and 2 day test to see the options,

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:27 pm

Lofos-Jan wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:33 am
Lloyd - the postal one is so simple. Ours was delivered to our hotel. Circular 1 Health (a company on the UK government approved list) is £49.99 but currently reduced to £37. https://circular1.com/arriving-in-the-uk-travel-tests/
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That part is, or was, easy Jeanne. But it's what happens AFTER you have self-tested and posted the swabs back to the lab? With tens, or hundreds of thousands, of peeps now requiring to test, how long before you get the results back? We have found a really good company in Cambridge (our home town) who are offering same-day results at £149 and much cheaper for next-day, but we can't ascertain whether they are on the government-approved list.

We are also in a fast-moving environment, with rules changing by the hour. What if more and more countries - like Israel - put a block on incoming flights, or require 10-day isolation on return?

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Post by DavidatLWH » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:30 pm

Lofos-Jan wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:49 am
You can also book a test on arrival at the airport test centres. Just Google the airport name and 2 day test to see the options,

Jeanne
From my experience, booking a test at the airport centre is best. I ordered the test kit by post from Randox. When I came to do the test, I found that the buffer solution tube was empty. Rang up for a replacement, hanging on to speak to someone for 45 minutes (call to Ireland!). Replacement kit sent by DHL. Did the test on November 20th and still waiting for the confirmation certificate that the result was negative.

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:40 pm

DavidatLWH wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:30 pm
Did the test on November 20th and still waiting for the confirmation certificate that the result was negative.

Exactly the kind of scenario I envisage, with perhaps 100,000 people a day requiring a PCR test from this point on. Once they have your money they don't care.

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:00 pm

And we all know the widely-reported Randox scandal, chums of chums of government ministers, with bank accounts in the Caymans. I'd rather not, thank you ;)

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Post by jagwheels » Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:24 pm

I suspect you have already come to a decision Lloyd. To me there too many unknowns with Omicron at the moment so I'd rather be at home & in control

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Post by Diocletian » Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:05 pm

Happy in Cyprus wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:40 pm
DavidatLWH wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:30 pm
Did the test on November 20th and still waiting for the confirmation certificate that the result was negative.

Exactly the kind of scenario I envisage, with perhaps 100,000 people a day requiring a PCR test from this point on. Once they have your money they don't care.
I was required to do a postal PCR test in the UK. It arrived by courier on a Sunday morning. I did the test at midday and posted it back using the priority mailbox near my location at 1pm. On Monday morning at 7:30am I had my result by email. I regard that as quite impressive given the circumstances.
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:09 pm

jagwheels wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:24 pm
I suspect you have already come to a decision Lloyd. To me there too many unknowns with Omicron at the moment so I'd rather be at home & in control

We have Norv...and a complete about-turn from our negative inclinations earlier. Cancelled the first night's stay at a hotel near LHR (lost the payment, sadly), brought the taxi ride forward a day (not risking any form of public transport after what we've read) and added an extra day onto our accommodation in Cambridge. Found what appears to be a good walk-in - but pre-booked - test-centre in the middle of Cambridge, where you get the results next day. So no collection, post office or couriers involved; just not gonna risk it. £59 pp, which seems reasonable. So all's good, drama over 8-)

Just read a report from the SA doctor who first discovered Omicrom, symptoms are said to be different to the usual Covid (eg. no loss of taste/smell) but are reportedly extremely mild. Which has to be good after all the scare stories. It was this doctor who then reported the new variant to her country's authorities.

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Post by jagwheels » Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:38 pm

Good on ya Lloyd & still with a sense of adventure that left me some time ago. Cambridge is a great city & would be interesting to hear of your experience in future blogs

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Post by The Aquila » Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:51 pm

Happy in Cyprus wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:09 pm
Just read a report from the SA doctor who first discovered Omicrom, symptoms are said to be different to the usual Covid (eg. no loss of taste/smell) but are reportedly extremely mild. Which has to be good after all the scare stories. It was this doctor who then reported the new variant to her country's authorities.
Oh my….do you think that the good old fashioned winter cold / mild flu could be making a come back????

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:00 am

Who knows Aquila? There's an awful lot of uniformed scare stories going on with panic-stricken governments and the media don't you think? The doctor who first discovered the new variant claims the symptoms she found in all her patients were very mild. We'll find out soon enough.

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Post by jeba » Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:22 am

Happy in Cyprus wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:09 pm

Just read a report from the SA doctor who first discovered Omicrom, symptoms are said to be different to the usual Covid (eg. no loss of taste/smell) but are reportedly extremely mild. Which has to be good after all the scare stories.
So far, that´s only anecdotal evidence. E.g. symptoms observed by now may have been mild because only young and/or vaccinated people were affected. We may hope that it causes less severe illness, but we still have to wait for the answer to this question.
I had planned to travel to South Africa in January but will wait until we know more, especially about the efficacy of the vaccination against that variant.

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Post by PhotoLady » Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:31 pm

Lloyd, they don't have to be on the UK Government approved list.
They do however, have to fulfill all the testing criteria which is stated on the government website.
Just check out what the company states on their own website, or contact them for confirmation of it
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:04 pm

Thanks Photolady. We have booked two tests, but the receipts for the tests don't indicate which of two possible numbers on the receipts are the ones to use on the PLF. Does anyone know how many digits there are in this important code? T.I.A.

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