British Airways has partnered with Qured to offer portable Covid-19 testing kits, which travellers can take abroad with them and then use to satisfy the UK government’s pre-departure test requirement.
The test can be completed over a scheduled video call with a professional health advisor, who will guide travellers through the nose and throat swab process and how to process the sample using the kit.
Verified results are available after 20 minutes, and travellers can download a "fit to fly" certificate if their test comes back negative.
Test results can also be uploaded to the mobile health passport VeriFLY so test certificates can be certified in advance allowing for a quicker journey through the airport, although this is currently only available on a limited number of routes.
These include BA customers travelling between London and the US and Canada, and all inbound routes to the UK with BA.
BA is offering the tests at a discounted price of £33 per test.
BA chief executive Sean Doyle said: “As we prepare for a safe return to travel, we remain focused on finding and offering the most convenient and affordable testing options for our customers."
He added Qured’s solution removed uncertainty and unnecessary expense for customers who have concerns about sourcing a pre-departure test while they are away.
All arrivals into the UK are required to test negative for Covid-19 up to 72 hours prior to departure.
BA is currently trialling VeriFLY to help travellers meet destination-specific entry requirements by providing digital verification of any health documentation necessary to travel.
Results from Qured tests and other test providers can be securely uploaded to the app; BA is in talks with other test providers to explore how test results can be automatically sent to the VeriFLY app to simplify the process further.
BA is also working on deployment of Iata’s Travel Pass app, and says it is "exploring all digital travel verification solutions to support its customers when travel restarts".