The UK’s first “rapid result” pre-departure Covid testing has been made available for passengers flying out of Heathrow from Tuesday (20 October).
Travellers flying from the London airport to Hong Kong and Italy will have the option of paying for a test before checking in.
It costs £80 and the result is guaranteed within an hour, with the aim to help passengers travelling to countries where proof of a negative Covid test result is required on arrival.
The rapid saliva swab, available at Heathrow Terminals 2 and 5 through a purpose-built facility run by Collinson and Swissport, is known as a Lamp (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) test.
It is quicker than a PCR test because the sample does not need to be sent to a laboratory. However Collinson said the Lamp test is "slightly less sensitive" than the PCR version.
Although Lamp is considered to be much better than the antigen test option.