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Old 28th May 2021, 12:20
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Originally Posted by NRU74 View Post
Thanks,
Makes you wonder about the effectiveness of some of the quarantine.
Yes, particularly since the female making the complaint was able to circumvent the whole issue by simply flying to Belfast and crossing the border by land!

Is the ID of a person sampled checked during the proper tests? I mean if I had a temperature I could avoid getting a positive test by submitting the swab from another, healthier person.

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Old 28th May 2021, 16:31
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I took a PCR test recently and the test provider video called me to watch me taking the test.
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Old 28th May 2021, 17:19
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20 years ago I had a collegue who did not have a landline at home, just a mobile. Today, my son (a homeowner - well he has a mortgage!) only has a mobile (and 4g internet on a separate device). I suspect that model is more prevalent than many of us realise
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Old 29th May 2021, 12:25
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Originally Posted by Glevum View Post
I took a PCR test recently and the test provider video called me to watch me taking the test.
Was this to check your identity, or just some q.a. process? There's no mention of video link requirements in the test process. Not everyone has access to live video.
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Old 29th May 2021, 14:27
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Originally Posted by Kent Based View Post

Is the ID of a person sampled checked during the proper tests? I mean if I had a temperature I could avoid getting a positive test by submitting the swab from another, healthier person.
Yes. I did a private test at Gatwick on Thursday, I had to provide my passport details during the online booking, and then the clinic staff carefully checked my passport in person. They won't perform the test without it, and the test certificate also bears your passport number which border officials have cross checked today arriving into Croatia.

On the original story, I also detect a whiff of BS. I've found it very, very easy to research what testing is needed and where to get it, it's really not rocket science. You need a PCR test from a private provider, it's that simple. I suspect our heroine has tried to wing it, and when she was caught out she's now trying to fib her way out of the hole and blind people with some pseudo science.
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Old 29th May 2021, 18:43
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Asturias56:

fewer than die from Covid
So, personal injury to those who must travel to the UK (including minors) due excessive and aggressive PCR testing, is acceptable in order to protect those who don’t adhere to basic Covid-19 health measures themselves?
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Old 29th May 2021, 21:43
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I just checked my options from DUS to BHX in July with EWG. Their BizClass fare on the flights I selected (Wed to Wed, evening flights) came to €235. PCR test over here €129. PCR test for the return €119. So basically, the total cost of the required PCR tests come to more than the highest (flexible) fare available. Ridiculous!
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Old 30th May 2021, 07:12
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Actually a BizClass fare of euro 235 is what is ridiculous. (tho I agree they're gouging on PCR)

All depends on supply/demand - years ago I had a real problem convincing Corporate Accounts at my employer that the charge for 30 hours parking at LHR was larger than both the return airfare AND the hotel night in Aberdeen............ It was over a Sunday and no-one else was travelling
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Old 30th May 2021, 13:19
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Actually, a second look at testing costs in the UK (at a location not far from Birmingham Airport) it seems that I can't get a fit-to-fly PCR test for less than £250 (approx €290). That's almost three times the cost in my country! Are they kidding or have I got it wrong?
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Old 30th May 2021, 15:03
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Originally Posted by Pistonprop View Post
Actually, a second look at testing costs in the UK (at a location not far from Birmingham Airport) it seems that I can't get a fit-to-fly PCR test for less than £250 (approx €290). That's almost three times the cost in my country! Are they kidding or have I got it wrong?
Express test do them and have sites all over the country. Or can mail it to you and you courier it back. They are £80 for the test. I do t think anybody is charging £250 for a test. I think you may have been looking at a package of tests. Most of the companies out there now offer multiple test packages for green list countries, amber countries… etc.
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Old 30th May 2021, 17:43
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Thank you Highflyer40 and also others who PM'd me. That's an improvement, but still costly for a pensioned couple. It still comes to a total of £360 above the fare for 2 of us. Absolute daylight robbery! We're not even travelling for a holiday but for compassionate reasons.
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