Lateral Flow Test: Fit To Fly FAQ

Answers to common questions around Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Tests.

Where can I buy a Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Test

Please head to our website to purchase your test.

What is a ‘Fit to Fly - Lateral Flow’ Test

A ‘Fit to Fly Lateral Flow’ Test may also be referred to as an Outbound Antigen Test or a Rapid Antigen Test. This is a type of test to detect COVID-19 that can be taken at home. The service we offer enables you to present a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate to your airline when you need to travel.

Please note that the guidance here is only relevant to Lateral Flow/Antigen tests. The process for PCR tests is different as PCR tests need to be sent to a laboratory. 

When will I receive my kit?

You can find more information about ordering and delivery of Lateral Flow Test Kits here. 

What information will I need to provide when I take the test?

Please access the Test registration link with your smartphone as you will need to scan a QR code and take a photo of your Test result using your phone’s camera.

You will need:

  • your kit code (printed inside your test box)
  • your passport (or other ID)
  • your flight details.

It is extremely important that you enter your details very carefully as they will be printed on your Fit to Fly certificate and must match those on your travel documentation.

 

When will I receive my certificate?

Once you have submitted your test result we will verify it and aim to get back to you within 2 hours. If there are any issues with your results or the details that you have supplied to us we will contact you.

What is an ‘Observed’ test? Do I need one?

Medicspot is offering a live observation service for those who are travelling to the USA. At the point of purchase, you can let us know that you are flying to the USA and we will alert you that your Fit to Fly Lateral Flow test needs to be observed. We will enable you to book an observation through a link provided in your confirmation email.

I can’t find my kit code. How do I register my test?

Your kit code will be on a business card sized insert in your pouch, printed on the inside of the box your Test Kit arrived in or emailed to you as a pdf if general tests purchased. 
If you no longer have the box or are unable to locate the kit code please contact us.

If you are using a kit that was purchased before October 2021 your kit code may have arrived printed on a separate piece of card with ‘Do Not Throw Away’ on the back. 

I don’t have a phone with a working camera. How do I submit my test results?

If you can’t use your phone camera you will have an option to upload image files if you need to take photos/upload them with another device. Please ensure that the images are as clear as possible. 

My Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Test result was positive. What should I do?

Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate in accordance with UK Government guidelines. You do not need to take a PCR test if you have already taken an Lateral Flow Test and the result was positive.

Please do not try to re-submit another Lateral Flow Test even if a subsequent test is negative as we will be unable to provide you with a negative certificate once you have tested positive. 

 We are obliged to report all test results to Public Health England.

My Fit to Fly result was negative. Do I need to do anything further?

Please keep the Fit to Fly Certificate that we emailed to you. You will need to present this to your airline when you fly. 

My Fit to Fly result was inconclusive. Do I need to do anything further?

Occasionally a test may be inconclusive. We cannot issue a fit to fly certificate for international travel if your test result comes back inconclusive. Please contact us as soon as possible and we will inform you of next steps.

I no longer need my Fit to Fly test. Can I use it as a Day 2 test instead?

Please see our guidance on Day 2 Tests.

What is the difference between a lateral flow (Antigen) test and A PCR test?

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been designed to find genetic material called RNA that tells the virus to make these proteins. This test the most accurate Covid-19 test. When swabs are taken for PCR tests, reagents are used to convert the RNA into DNA in order to identify any infection within the patient. Antigen tests have been designed to find proteins on the surface of the virus to identify the pathogen. Antigen tests are often called rapid tests and are carried out by mixing the sample with a solution where it releases the viral proteins. The combination is normally applied on a paper strip that will be able to detect any antibodies that bind the protein.

How accurate are Lateral Flow Tests?

The test meets the requirements for the proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test:
The test meets performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.

 

What brand of Lateral Flow Test do Medicspot use

The test kit we use, and the name which will show on your lateral flow certificate, is Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test(Self-Testing) (CE Marked 15min Covid-19 Nasal Swab)
These UK government validated Lateral Flow Tests are CE approved, MHRA Registered and ISO Certified.
This testing kit is manufactured by Acon Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test (Hangzhou Clongene Biotech, Clungene COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit).
Furthermore our tests are on the EU approved list.
You can review Flowflex's FAQ here: FAQs - Flow Flex Rapid Test

Can I use this Lateral Flow Test for leaving the UK

Yes. However please check government guidelines of the destination country to ensure that an Antigen Lateral Flow Test Certificate will be accepted

Can I reuse the Lateral Flow Test

No.  Each device is single use only.

VeriFLY

Our QR codes are not compatible with the app.  Our QR codes are to verify us as a company.  In order to add your certificate to VeriFLY you must do this manually by following these steps: 

  • Go into your pass an select the correct traveller 
  • Select Covid-19 Test Review 
  • Scroll down and select Manual Review 
  • Fill out test information 
  • Upload covid test by either uploading the file from your phone, or by taking a picture

You need to do this 4 hours before departure time. This same process can also be used for Proof of Vaccination or Proof of Recovery