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Observed Lateral Flow Testing Explained

What is an observed lateral flow test?

Over the last couple years Lateral Flow Tests (LFD) have provided us with a simple, yet highly effective method of rapid testing from the safety and privacy of our own homes. If you’re looking to travel abroad, some countries require you to have taken an Observed Lateral Flow Test. This at-home COVID-19 test is a home lateral flow antigen test that has to be ‘observed’ via a Telehealth consultation for Fit to Fly certificates.

Quick summary of how it works

Arranging an Observed Lateral Flow test is a simple process. First you order your observed LFD and then book your Telehealth consultation at an appropriate date and time. Next, during your telehealth consultation, simply follow the instructions provided in your kit and perform the test.. Once complete, your results will be available on your device within 20 minutes and you’ll receive photo verification within three hours. If your results are negative, then all you’ll need to do is present your results at the airport prior to your flight. If you want to find out more about how to take an observed lateral flow test, click here. Or watch the how to video below:


Which countries currently require an observed lateral flow test?

Currently the only countries that require an observed lateral flow test are the United States and Australia. The test sample must be collected within 1 calendar day before the flight departs for a direct flight and proof of this must be provided at the airport on paper or electronically.

The benefits of Telehealth services and what does the future hold for the technology?

One of the biggest squeezes on NHS resources is the ever rising bill for patient care. For many people, especially seniors, a trip to their local GP can be stressful and time-consuming. And in addition, over the last couple years the NHS (National Health Service) has been under immense strain due to the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. With that said, Telehealth services are looking to position themselves as one of the solutions during this ever changing landscape.

Since the start of the pandemic, it has been increasingly risky for GPs, nurses and doctors to safely complete routine appointments due to the risk of covid spreading and possibly causing an outbreak in their surgery. Thankfully, the improvements to technology can help with that. Technological advancements and wireless communications have catapulted telehealth services and the possibilities for doctors and nurses to participate in the delivery of remote care. Instead of a face-to-face appointment, patients can call up either via phone or video chat to talk with their doctor or nurse and get medical advice without risking an in-person visit.

Even as increased vaccination rates have allowed medical services to open back up as normal to the public, GP surgeries and other NHS services have still utilised telehealth services due to their continuing benefits. It has allowed medical professionals to be able to talk to a wide range of patients while only having people in need of physical examinations in person at the hospital or surgery.

With the increased use of telehealth services across the NHS, patients have also seen the benefits of the system. The use of telehealth can dramatically reduce travel costs and can increase access to care for many people who would otherwise not receive it. Especially in more rural areas where travelling to healthcare services is more difficult. It has also meant that patients who have previously been too anxious to visit a hospital or surgery in person can now talk to a medical professional over the phone or via video chat. 

The growth of telehealth services over the last few years has led to more patients using them. Patients are able to use these services in different ways, including video calls with nurses or doctors, getting remote diagnosis and consultation via phone lines instead of having to physically be present at a surgery or hospital, or even monitoring medical equipment that reads their vitals 24/7.

Another piece of technology that is helping to innovate telehealth services and reduce the strain on the NHS is at-home blood testing. At-home blood testing has been a growing industry in assisting to monitor how their body is performing via vitamin levels, heart health, diabetes risk, liver function, STI testing and more. Blood testing gives you the ability to better understand your current health and what steps you could then take to improve this. With Circle SnapShot you can keep up to date with your general health with a simple at-home blood test and then work with your doctor via telehealth services to analyse your results and gain a better look into how your overall health is.

Travel Update: Day 2 Lateral Flow tests re-introduced & Pre-Return Lateral Flow tests no longer required

Latest update: 7th January 2022

Scotland has announced that they are following England’s new travel testing regulations.

From 4am Friday 7th January, fully vaccinated arrivals to England and Scotland will no longer need to take a pre-return Lateral Flow test before boarding their plane to England or Scotland. Fully vaccinated arrivals no longer need to quarantine or self-isolate upon arriving in England or Scotland.

From 4am Sunday 9th January, fully vaccinated arrivals to England and Scotland can choose to take a Day 2 Lateral Flow test instead of a Day 2 PCR test after arriving in England and Scotland.

Already purchased a Day 2 PCR test and/or a Pre-Return Lateral Flow test from Project Screen by Prenetics?

Remote Lateral Flow Test customers
You should have received an email from “Team @ Project Screen” with the subject “Important: Pre-Return Lateral Flow Test Updates”. This email contains information about the different options you have for using your test in the future or requesting a refund.

Day 2 PCR Test customers
You should have received an email from “Team @ Project Screen” with the subject “Important: Day 2 Testing Update”. This email contains information about the different options you have for using your test or requesting a refund.

If you haven’t received one of these emails, please contact our Customer Support team at care@projectscreen.co.uk who will be happy to assist you.

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5th January 2022: the UK Government announced that the test requirements for travellers arriving into the England will change.

Firstly, from 4am Friday 7th January, fully vaccinated arrivals to England will no longer need to take a pre-return Lateral Flow test before boarding their plane to England. Fully vaccinated arrivals will also no longer need to quarantine or self-isolate upon arriving in England.

Secondly, from 4am Sunday 9th January, fully vaccinated arrivals to England can choose to take a Day 2 Lateral Flow test instead of a Day 2 PCR test after arriving in England.

Sign up to be the first to know when our Day 2 Lateral Flow test is available on Friday.

Read the UK Government announcement here.

Project Screen by Prenetics has a flexibility promise to handle changes to travel test policy. The flexibility promise means if your destination changes its entry requirements to a lower-costing test, we’ll refund the difference and if the cost increases, we’ll only charge you the difference.

When there are changes in travel policy, travel test providers can experience short-term increases in call volume. Your patience is appreciated whilst we work through priority requests first, like those customers landing immediately into England.

Already purchased a Day 2 PCR test and/or a Pre-Return Lateral Flow test from Project Screen by Prenetics?

If you are arriving in England before 4am Friday, 7th January:

  • You will still need to carry out both a Pre-Return lateral flow test and Day 2 PCR test

If you are arriving in England after 4am Friday 7th January and before 4am Sunday 9th January:

  • You will still need to carry out a Day 2 PCR test
  • You will not need to carry out a Pre-Return lateral flow test. If you’ve already got an unused test from us, expect to receive an email from us on Thursday 6th January with options to re-use, refund or obtain a voucher for your test. If you don’t hear from us this week, please get in touch.

If you are arriving in the UK after 4am Sunday, 9th January:

  • You will not need to carry out a Pre-Return lateral flow test. As above, if you’ve already made a purchase, expect to hear from us tomorrow.
  • You can choose to carry out a Day 2 PCR or a Day 2 Lateral Flow test. If you have purchased a PCR test and would like to use the test, carry out your test as normal. If you have purchased a PCR test and would like to downgrade to a Lateral Flow test, expect to receive an email from us tomorrow, Thursday 6th January, on next steps.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to the UK, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in the UK. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers
  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

From the Project Screen team

Negative Covid-19 Test Required to Enter the UK; Updated France and USA Testing Requirements

Service Updates: Tuesday 7th December

21:40: If your test kit was due to be delivered today but you haven’t received it, please check your email inbox for further information from us explaining how we are responding to our delayed service by expediting a test kit to you. We apologise for any inconvenience this delay has caused.

13:00: We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries due to the latest travel testing updates. We are working extremely hard to respond to everyone’s questions. Thank you for your patience. Please read the information below as it may answer your query.

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Latest Travel Updates:

On 4th December, the UK Government announced the latest travel updates that will come into effect this week. From 4am on Tuesday, 7th December, all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen Covid-19 test before they travel to the UK from abroad. The test must be taken within the 2 days before you travel to the UK. This testing update applies to all travellers – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – travelling to all four nations of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Vaccinated Travellers: before travelling to the UK 

If you’re fully vaccinated, before you travel to the UK you must:

  • Book and pay for a Day 2 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK 
  • From 4am Tuesday, 7th Dec, you must take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to the UK. Order a Remote Lateral Flow Antigen test and take it abroad with you to test yourself before returning to the UK

Vaccinated Travellers: after arriving in the UK

After you arrive in the UK you must:

  • Take a Day 2 PCR test – you can take this test as soon as you arrive on day 0 up until the end of day 2
  • You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test results 
  • If your result is negative, you can end your quarantine
  • If you result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to the UK, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in the UK. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers
  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

Other groups that can follow fully vaccinated rules:

Even if you are not fully vaccinated, the fully vaccinated rules apply if you are:

  • taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials), or a phase 2 or 3 vaccine trial that is regulated by the EMA or SRA
  • unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in the UK

Unvaccinated Travellers: before travelling to the UK

If you are not fully vaccinated, before you travel to the UK you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test 3 days before you travel to the UK (From 4am Tuesday, 7th Dec, you must take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to the UK)
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 & 8 PCR tests – to be taken after you arrive in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK 

Unvaccinated Travellers: after arriving in the UK

After you arrive in the UK you must:

  • You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying for 10 full days 
  • Take Day 2 and 8 PCR tests. You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8
  • If your result is negative, you can end your quarantine
  • If you result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0

If the test result is positive:

  • If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0
  • You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test
  • If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0

If the test result is negative:

  • If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine
  • You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:
  • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in the UK
  • when you receive the day 8 test result

Test to Release scheme

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Day 5 PCR COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests
  • From 4am, 7 December children aged 12 to 17 must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within the 2 days before travel to the UK
  • Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in the UK
  • This means that they have to quarantine on arrival and take a Day 2 PCR test on or before day 2

Does the latest travel update affect all countries in the UK?

Yes, pre-departure Covid-19 tests taken within 2 days before travelling to the UK are required by all four nations – England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. 

I’m already abroad, can I order a Remote Lateral Flow Antigen to where I’m staying?

No, unfortunately, we do not ship internationally. You will need to find a local testing provider in the country you are in. 

Can I use the Remote Lateral Flow Antigen test if I’m travelling from a red list country?

Yes, you can order a Remote Lateral Flow Antigen test kit to take abroad with you to anywhere in the world. However, you will not be able to purchase any other arrival tests. You must follow the UK Government guidelines for Red List countries

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What are the Latest Travel Requirements for the USA?

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is shortening the testing window for all international air travellers travelling to the USA. Until tomorrow, vaccinated travellers have been allowed to take a pre-departure test 3 days before travel. However, from Monday, 6th December, all travellers will now have to take a pre-departure Lateral Flow Antigen test with Telehealth observation no more than one day before travelling to the USA.

If you are travelling to the USA after Monday 6th December, and have bought a Lateral Flow Antigen test with Telehealth from Project Screen by Prenetics, you’ll need to ensure your Telehealth appointment is no more than one day before your flight. If you need to update your Telehealth appointment time, please navigate to your Order Confirmation email and click on the green button to select a new date and time for your appointment.

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What are the Latest Travel Requirements for France?

From yesterday, 4th December, fully vaccinated travellers (aged 12 years or over) travelling from outside the European Union must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from either a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen test. Tests must be taken no more than 48 hours before travel for vaccinated travellers and no more than 24 hours before travel for those who are not fully vaccinated. Self-administered tests are not acceptable – you cannot use a Project Screen test to travel to France.

The UK is currently on France’s amber list. Please see the section below on all the requirements for travelling to France from an amber country.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:

  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
  • proof of vaccination status
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure (PCR or antigen)

Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France from countries on the French amber list will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on France’s amber list.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to present the following documents:

  • a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website.
  • arrivals from the UK aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure (first flight departure in case of connecting flight). For unvaccinated arrivals from other non-EU countries, the pre departure testing window may vary. Please check this page for further information. Self-administered tests are not accepted.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

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As we learn more information, we will continue to update this blog to provide you with the latest information. 

Stay safe.

Travel Update: Mandatory Day 2 PCR tests for all UK arrivals

Yesterday, 27th November 2021, the UK Government announced that from 4am on Tuesday, 30th November all travellers arriving in the UK will be required to take a PCR test on or before day 2, instead of a Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen test. 

Use the following information to discover what we know about the new regulations so far, and what to do if you have purchased a Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen test from Project Screen by Prenetics. 

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What are the requirements if you are already abroad or are planning to travel?

All arrivals (vaccinated and unvaccinated) from non-red list countries who were previously able to take a Lateral Flow test will now be required to take a PCR test on or before Day 2 after their arrival, and self-isolate until they receive confirmation of a negative result. 

The updates do not come into effect until this Tuesday, however, the UK Government is encouraging travellers to change their behaviour as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Today, the UK Government will be removing their recommended Lateral Flow Antigen private provider list from the Gov.UK website. Project Screen has removed the Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen test in line with the Government’s requirements.

All fully vaccinated arrivals will now only have the option to purchase a Day 2 PCR test for £64

Unvaccinated arrivals are still required to take PCR tests on Day 2 & 8

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Already purchased a Day 2 Lateral Flow test from Project Screen by Prenetics? 

If you are arriving in the UK before 4am Tuesday, 30th November: 

Your Day 2 Lateral Flow test is still valid and we will continue to fulfil your order as normal. However, the UK Government has made the strong recommendation that PCR tests should be adopted with immediate effect. 

You will have received an email from Team @ Project Screen with the subject line “Important information about your Day 2 Lateral Flow Test”. This email includes an exclusive discount for upgrading your test to a PCR test at a reduced price, taking into account the money you’ve already spent on your Lateral Flow test. 

If you are arriving in the UK after 4am Tuesday, 30th November:

Your Day 2 Lateral Flow test is no longer suitable and you are required to upgrade to a PCR test in order to satisfy the latest government regulations. 

You will have received an email from Team @ Project Screen with the subject line “Important information about your Day 2 Lateral Flow Test”. This email includes an exclusive discount for upgrading your test to a PCR test at a reduced price, taking into account the money you’ve already spent on your Lateral Flow test. 

Alternatively, if you would prefer to cancel your original purchase with no upgrade, you will have received a link to confirm your refund request. Your purchase will be refunded in full within 21 days. 

Project Screen will continue to update this blog as soon as we receive further information and direction from the UK Government on the Day 2 PCR testing requirements.

Stay safe. 

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How to Book and Take the Observed Lateral Flow Test

If you have purchased an Observed Lateral Flow test with Telehealth from Project Screen by Prenetics, this blog will help you to book your Telehealth consultation and take the test in the correct way. This test is suitable for travel to the US. Click here to learn more about the latest US travel requirements.


An Observed Lateral Flow test is a little different to normal Lateral Flow tests you may have taken before, as you will be observed via a Telehealth consultation while you take your test and process your results. You will then need to upload a photo of the result alongside your full name, booking reference number and activation code to your account on the Project Screen website. We will then review the result and release your photo verification within 3 hours. Your results PDF will identify that you were observed via Telehealth while taking your test. Please ensure you have access to the internet and a camera phone when you take your test. 

Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Booking Your Telehealth Consultation

  • After ordering your Observed Lateral Flow test with Telehealth, you will receive an order confirmation email titled “We’ve received your order!”. This email includes important information about booking your Telehealth Consultation. This email includes the unique code you need to access your complimentary consultation.  
  • Click on the ‘Book Your Telehealth Consultation’ button and select your preferred date and time to complete your pre-departure Lateral Flow test during a Telehealth Consultation. You will be required to enter some personal information, please have a form of identification to hand.
    Tip: If you are travelling to the US and are fully vaccinated, you must take your test no more than 3 days before your flight.
    Go to web.projectscreen.co.uk/login and create your Project Screen by Prenetics account and profile. You will need to log in to your account to submit your photo verification in order to receive your results PDF. 
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Step 2: Conducting Your Lateral Flow Test During Your Telehealth Consultation

  • On the day of your Telehealth appointment, prepare to take your test. Please log in to Azova at least 5 minutes prior to your appointment.
    Tip: We recommend using the Azova app rather than the desktop version. Click here to download the Azova App from the Apple App Store or click here to download from the Google Play store.
  • You will be guided through your test by the Telehealth consultant.
  • Your consultation will be completed once you have taken your test and followed the instructions for how to process your result on the test cassette.
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Upload Your Results Photo for Verification

  • Log in to your Project Screen account at web.projectscreen.co.uk/login. 
  • Select ‘Activate Test Kit’ and choose “Telehealth Lateral Flow test”.
  • Confirm that you were observed via Telehealth while collecting your sample. 
  • Enter the activation code found inside your test kit box and select ‘Activate Kit’.
  • Using your camera phone, scan the QR code on your test cassette to identify your device. 
  • If you have waited 15 minutes, skip the on-screen timer. Your results will now be available on your test cassette. 
  • Confirm which image on screen matches your test result.
  • Take a photo of your result and submit it for verification. 
  • We will review your photo and provide your results within 3 hours. You will be notified by email when your results are ready. 
  • Double bag and dispose of all test contents in household waste. 

Step 4: Present Your Results PDF at Check In Before Your Departure Flight

Good luck and stay safe with Project Screen by Prenetics.

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Observed Lateral Flow Antigen Testing for Travel to the USA

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What do US Travellers need to know?
What types of SARS-CoV-2 tests are acceptable for entry to the US?
What information must be included on the test result?
Are you fully vaccinated for air travel to the US?
Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Earlier this week, on Monday 8th November, the United States ended their travel ban which had been in place for a year and a half due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is a huge relief for the travel and tourism industry and for families that have been separated by the rules since early 2020. 

Does Project Screen by Prenetics have a Covid-19 travel test suitable for US travel?
Yes! Last week, Project Screen launched the Observed Lateral Flow Antigen test – an at-home lateral flow test kit which includes a Telehealth consultation. Our Lateral Flow Antigen test kits are UK Government listed and FDA authorised under an EUA.

What do US Travellers need to know?

  • All air passengers (aged 2 or older) planning to travel to the US, will need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 viral test (either PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen) before flying, also known as a Fit to Fly test. Passengers must show their negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. The requirements are different based on vaccination status:
    • Fully vaccinated: A pre-departure Covid-19 test must be taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure date if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
    • Not fully vaccinated: A pre-departure Covid-19 test must be taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure date if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • If you have recently recovered from Covid-19 you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from Covid-19 (i.e. your positive Covid-19 test result no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure date and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

What types of SARS-CoV-2 tests are acceptable for entry to the US?

The CDC requirements state that you must be tested with a viral test that could be either a lateral flow antigen, PCR or RT-LAMP test. The test used must be authorised for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered. 

Are self-tests or home tests accepted for entry to the US?

You can use a self-test if it meets the following criteria:

  • The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test with Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the FDA.
  • The testing procedure must include a telehealth service.
  • The telehealth provider must confirm your identity, observe the sample collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of the CDC’s Order (see below).
  • Airlines and other aircraft operators must be able to review and confirm your identity and the test result details. You must also be able to present the documentation of test results to US officials at the port of entry and local/state health departments.

What information must be included on the test result?

A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or digital). The documentation must include: 

  1. Type of test (indicating PCR or lateral flow antigen test)
  2. Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, telehealth service)
    • Sample collection date:
    • A negative test result must show the sample was taken no more than 3 days before the flight for air passengers who have proof of being fully vaccinated, or no more than 1 day before the flight if the air passenger is not fully vaccinated.
    • A positive test result for documentation of recovery from Covid-19 muse show the sample was taken within the 90 days before the flight.
    • Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier, such as date of birth or passport number)
    • Test result

Are you fully vaccinated for air travel to the US?

You are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted Covid-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial 
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of Navavax (or Covovax) Covid-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a phase 3 clinical trial 
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received any two doses of any ‘mix-and-match’ combination of accepted Covid-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart. 

If you do not meet these requirements, you are not considered fully vaccinated.

Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Documentation TypeExamples
Verifiable records (digital or paper)Vaccination certificate with QR code1, digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code1 (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate)
Non-verifiable paper recordsPrintout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider (e.g., the CDC vaccination card)
Non-verifiable digital recordsDigital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without QR code 1

1. The QR code in a verifiable vaccination record links to information confirming the credential was generated from an immunization record in an official database and is protected from tampering.

All forms of proof of COVID-19 vaccination must have:

  • Personal identifiers (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number) that match the personal identifiers on the passenger’s passport or other travel documents
  • Name of official source issuing the record (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider)
  • Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination
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Travel Update: Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen Test launching on 24th Oct

Today, 15th October 2021, the UK Government has announced that from Sunday, 24th October fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England can take a lateral flow antigen test on or before arrival day 2, instead of a PCR test.

These changes will come into effect from 24th October, however, the tests will be available to buy from a UK Government listed private provider on 22nd October. The day 2 lateral flow antigen tests will be available to families planning to go away for the October half-term holiday. 

Project Screen by Prenetics is one of 20 private providers selling Day 2 Antigen test kits.

What do UK arrivals need to do? 

From 22nd October, fully vaccinated travellers can purchase a Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen test kit for UK arrivals from 24th October. With Project Screen, order before 2pm to receive kits the next day via DPD Next Day Delivery. We recommend purchasing this day 2 arrival test at least 24 hours before arriving in the UK. The UK Government requires all UK arrivals to add the test(s) booking reference number to their Passenger Locator Form. Booking reference numbers are sent in our order confirmation emails. 

On or before arrival day 2, follow the online instructions to self-swab, process your results and upload a results photo. You’ll receive your results within 20 minutes and photo verification within 12 hours. 

Do children need to test?

The rules for children depend on age and country of residence.
Children residing in the UK or in a country with an approved vaccination programme:
– If they are aged 4 and under they do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests
– 5 to 17-year-olds must take a Day 2 Antigen test on or before day 2 – arrival day is day 0.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in any country that is not on the approved vaccination programme list must:
– take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen test (if aged 11 or above) before travelling to England
– take a PCR test on or before day 2 in England – arrival day is day 0
– take a PCR test on or after day 8 in England – arrival day is day 0
– quarantine at home or in the place they’re staying for 10 days, or for the duration of their stay if it’s less than 10 days

Children aged 4 or under from these other countries do not have to take travel tests. They must follow quarantine rules.

What if I have already bought a PCR test?

The UK Government has said that those who have already bought a PCR do not need to buy another test. The arrival test must be taken as soon as possible on or before the second day of a passenger’s arrival in the UK.

Please refer to our Refund Policy if you wish to cancel a Day 2 PCR test.

Who qualifies as an eligible fully vaccinated UK arrival?

Travellers arriving from non-red list countries can use Project Screen arrival tests. Which arrival test depends on whether travellers have been fully vaccinated in one of the UK Government’s eligible vaccination countries or not. You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body.

You qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:
– under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
– with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

What do I do if I don’t qualify as fully vaccinated?

If you are fully vaccinated but do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules above, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. Travel from the rest of the world if you are not fully vaccinated:

From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you:
– do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
– are partially vaccinated
– are not vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:
– take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
– book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
– complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:
– quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
– take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

What are the new travel rules and when are the requirements changing?

🚨TRAVEL UPDATE🚨

In a statement last Friday, 17th September 2021, Transport Security, Grant Schapps, announced that there are some upcoming changes to the rules and requirements that travellers must follow when travelling to and from England. 

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories and a rest of world list. Testing requirements will be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test when travelling to England from Monday 4th October. From the end of October, eligible vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace the PCR day 2 test with a Lateral Flow Antigen day 2 test

Day 2 Antigen Lateral Flow Test Banner

There is a lot of information but what does it say (or not say!), when will it come into play, and what are we, Project Screen, going to be updating? 

What we knowWhat is unclearKey datesFuture Project Screen updates / explanation
8 destinations will be removed from the red list (see list below)22nd September
2021
Remove country block on these 8 destinations for ordering arrival tests
The traffic light system is changing:

There will be no green/amber lists

There will continue to be a red list
The arrival requirements for previously ‘green countries’ look like they will become stricter following this update. Arrivals will have to test on days 2 & 8 and self-isolate for 10 days4th October 2021Removal of reference to green/amber Covid-19 arrival tests
Following the success of the US & EU vaccination pilot, England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from 17 new countries and territories (see list below). These travellers will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers – known as “eligible vaccinated travellers”What does this mean for children travelling with eligible vaccinated travellers?4th October 2021The information on our website will be updated to match this information. 
Arrivals before 4th October should follow the existing traffic light system & products on our website. For arrivals from 4th October, tests will be updated to reflect the new vaccinated/unvaccinated terminology
Testing for unvaccinated travellers from non-red list countries will be required to take PCR arrival tests on days 2, 8 (& have the option of day 5 – Test to Release), and self-isolate for 10 days. Travellers are known as “unvaccinated” if they do not meet the vaccination eligibility (as mentioned above)The date for the next update on future countries to be accepted as “eligible vaccinated” travellers4th October 2021We will continue to sell the Day 2 and 8 test bundle, with the add-on option of the Day 5 Test to Release test kit
Eligible vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test before travelling to England (e.g. the Antigen Lateral Flow test)What does this mean for children travelling with eligible vaccinated travellers?4th October 2021We will continue to sell the Antigen Lateral Flow test kit for unvaccinated travellers to carry abroad with them to test before returning to England
Day 2 PCR testing will remain until the end of October for all travellers – both eligible vaccinated and unvaccinated travellersOngoingIf you are planning to travel after 4th October, and we haven’t launched the vaccinated/unvaccinated Day 2 test, you can continue to purchase either a Green Day 2 or Amber Day 2 test
If you are planning to travel after 4th October, and we haven’t launched the vaccinated/unvaccinated Day 2 test, you can continue to purchase either a Green Day 2 or Amber Day 2 testThe exact date of the switch over to Lateral Flow Antigen testing for eligible vaccinated travellers is unknownUnknown – end of OctoberIn October, we will launch a Lateral Flow Antigen Day 2 arrival test for eligible vaccinated travellers

Which countries are being removed from the red list on 22nd September?

Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya

From which countries will fully vaccinated travellers be “eligible vaccinated travellers” and will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers?

From 4 am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:

  • under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised
  • under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body

You must:

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

You do not need to:

  • take a pre-departure test
  • take a day 8 COVID-19 test
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:

  • forename and surname(s)
  • date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding.

If you are fully vaccinated in the US, will also need to prove that you are a resident of the US.

If you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

In the UK, ‘fully vaccinated’ means you’ve had either:

  • 2 doses of an approved 2 dose vaccine (such as Pfizer or AstraZeneca)
  • one dose of an approved single dose vaccine (such as Janssen)

You must have had your final dose at least 14 whole days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

2 dose vaccines

If you were vaccinated with a 2 dose vaccine (such as Moderna or Pfizer) you must have had both doses to be considered fully vaccinated. This applies in all cases, even if you have recently recovered from COVID-19 and have natural immunity. Those who have had COVID-19 and have only had one dose of a 2 dose vaccine must follow the rules for unvaccinated arrivals.

Each dose must be with the same (MHRA, EMA, Swissmedic or FDA) approved vaccine. For example, if your first dose was Moderna your second dose must also be Moderna.

For the UK programmes you can have one dose under the UK vaccination programme and the other under the UK vaccine overseas programme.

Single-dose vaccines

If you had an approved one-dose vaccine, such as Janssen, you are fully vaccinated.

Proving you’ve been fully vaccinated

You’ll need to show your travel operator and border control proof you’ve been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

You’ll also need to confirm that you’ve been fully vaccinated and can show suitable proof on your passenger locator form.

If you cannot (or prefer not to) show proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated you must follow the rules for those who are unvaccinated.

how to take the lateral flow test by Project Screen

How to Take the Lateral Flow Antigen Test by Project Screen

If you have bought a Lateral Flow Antigen COVID-19 test from Project Screen by Prenetics, this video will help you take the test in the right way. Please ensure you have access to the internet when you take your test.

About the Project Screen Lateral Flow Antigen Test

Lateral Flow Antigen tests provide a fast and effective way for people to travel safely between countries and socialise with other people without spreading COVID. Not all countries accept a lateral flow test, so do check the government list for more information.

How to Take the Test

A Project Screen Lateral Flow test is a little different from an NHS test as you must upload a photo of the result to your account on the Project Screen website. We will then verify the result and update your profile so that you can travel safely.

To take the test, you’ll need the contents of your box, which include:

  • Lateral flow cassette
  • Swab
  • Re-agent tube

It’s also worth having a bin to the side for your used materials.

Before taking the test, you’ll need to update your profile.

  • Scan the QR code with your mobile phone. Start by completing your personal details, including your passport number, name and address
  • Click on ‘activate your kit’ and choose Lateral Flow Antigen
  • Enter the code from the inside of the box

Now get everything ready for the test:

  • Read the instructions
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Unbox the Lateral Flow cassette
  • Open the tube and place it in the card stand
  • Rotate the swab 5 times brushing against the inside of the nostril
  • Repeat on the other nostril
  • Put the swab in the tube to mix the reagent with your specimen and rotate for 30 seconds
  • Lightly squeeze the tube as you remove the swab extract as much specimen as possible
  • Add the dropper tip firmly onto the tube
  • Mix the solution thoroughly by swirling the bottom of the tube
  • Add 4 drops of the mixture to the specimen well on the test cassette.
  • Start the timer which is set for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes you can read the result
  • Do not interpret the result after 30 mins

Now you have to confirm the result. Choose one of the 4 options:

  1. Just C
  2. Both C and T (even if T is faint)
  3. Neither C nor T
  4. Just T

Then take a photo of the result and confirm the photo matches your submission. Place the rest of the test components in the waste bag and bin them.

Day 2 Lateral Flow Test

Getting Your COVID 19 Test Result

Your COVID-19 test result will be released within a few minutes in the web app. During exceptionally busy times, please allow up to two hours. We’d recommend taking your test during business hours in case you need to contact our customer support team for queries or additional guidance.

Once your result is ready, you’ll be able to see it in the web app. We’ll also email you a notification for your records.

If your result is negative, you can set about your plans as normal. If your result is positive, follow the Government’s guidelines.

Good luck and stay safe with Project Screen by Prenetics.

International Arrivals Change From Green List to Amber List: Portugal

Quick information

Use the following information to discover what options you have for making changes to your order, purchasing an additional PCR test to take on day 8, or how to cancel your order and request a refund.

I’m in Portugal and I require Amber Tests (Day 2 and Day 8) within the next hour, but I have already purchased a Green Day 2 test.

  1. Buy Amber (Day 2 and Day 8) home-kit package here
  2. Email refunds@projectscreen.co.uk with (i) your name and (ii) flight date and (iii) booking confirmation
  3. We will get back to you to arrange a refund for your original Green Day 2 test. Usually our refunds are processed within 48 hours, but occasionally refunds can take 3 to 5 days.

We are sorry if there’s any inconvenience from purchasing duplicate tests over a short period of time. Unfortunately, we cannot always offer refunds within an hour, so making another purchase may be the quickest solution.

I’ll be returning from Portugal next week. I need to add on a new Day 8 test to my existing Day 2 purchase over the next few days.

  1. Keep your existing Green Day 2 test purchase and don’t make changes to that booking
  2. Email travelchanges@projectscreen.co.uk with (i) your flight date. We will get back to you with a link to purchase a standalone Day 8 test. This link can be used to reduce the price to equal an Amber Arrivals package. Your existing Day 2 test and new Day 8 test will complete your Amber Arrivals (Day 2 and 8) test package.

I need to change or refund my test purchase for a return flight taking place after next week, from 14th June.

  1. For refunds, please email refunds@projectscreen.co.uk. Please include details of your request including evidence of your affected flight booking.
  2. To make a change to your purchase, please email travelchanges@projectscreen.co.uk with details of your request.

What Do I Need to Know About Changes to The UK Government Green List?

On 9th April, the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, revealed that foreign countries will be classified into green, amber and red destinations. This is part of the UK’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions and resume international travel in the coming months. 

Yesterday, on 3rd June 2021, the UK Government announced that Portugal will move from the Green list to the Amber list. The change will take effect at 4.00 am on Tuesday 8th June. One part of travel plans to be impacted are the Covid-19 test requirements for arrivals into the UK. For Amber countries, arrivals are required to purchase a Day 2 and Day 8 ‘Travel Test Package’ in advance of their flight into the UK. This purchase provides the test booking reference number. The test booking reference number needs to be added to your passenger locator form before you fly into the UK.

After placing your Day 2 and Day 8 order, you will find the reference number for your tests on the Order Confirmation screen of our app. You will also receive an Order Confirmation email that includes your tests reference number. If you are at all unsure or can’t see your reference number, you can speak to our team by emailing care@projectscreen.co.uk. Please remember to check your spam/junk folder in your email inbox for the order confirmation.

Before boarding your flight into the UK, the airline might check your email purchase confirmation for your arrivals tests. We strongly advise you purchase all required tests before you fly. This means if you have a Green Day 2 test booked, but your country of embarkation has turned from Green to Amber, you should have Amber Day 2 and Day 8 tests booked before you fly. To do this, you should book either a new Amber Day 2 and 8 test package. Or you should book a standalone Day 8 package to be used with your existing Day 2 test. As of 4th June 2021, Project Screen doesn’t offer a standalone Day 8 test but it will be ready over the weekend. If you need a Day 2 and Day 8 test immediately, we recommend buying a new Day 2 and 8 package here. Then contact us for a refund on your existing Day 2 test at refunds@projectscreen.co.uk.