The UK government and all key countries in the EU are seeking to reduce the chances that coronavirus infections are brought in by incoming travellers.
The addition of pre-departure testing requirements, protect against imported cases of coronavirus and the boarder further strengthened.
So pre-travel tests will be demanded from passengers before they board flights, ferries, trains and vehicle crossing the borders.
Most people hoping to travel back to their country after holidays, are required to provide proof of a negative test for Covid-19.
How will it be enforced?
Airlines, ferry firms and rail operators will be required to ensure that travellers meet the requirement. They face a fine for each passenger they let through without correct certification and individuals who get through to the border without a test face individual fines.
Border Forces carry out checks to every traveller to monitor compliance
Travellers who are planning to return to their country are solely responsible for finding a test provider that has “performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml”.
This can be achieved by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), loop-mediated isothermal amplification (Lamp) or lateral flow test. But all governments say: “It is your responsibility to ensure the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details so you must check with your test provider that it meets those standards.
The original test result certificate must be on paper or included as an attachment to an email or a text message on a mobile device. It must be in English, French or Spanish or in the native tongue of the country you are heading to.
Tests must include your contact details, passport number, name of the test provider, the name of the test device and the date the test sample was collected or received. Most important you must be tested less than 72 hours before your flight.
“If the test result does not include this information you may not be able to board, and may not be able to travel home.
“If you arrive without a test result that includes this information, you will be committing a criminal offence and could receive a fine and mandatory hotel quarantine.”
Your governments make it clear that is your responsibility. Kefalonian corona test centre (KCTC) fully complies to each individual country on our list and constantly monitors for changes. However, it is upto the individual to find and carry out a test that is acceptable to your destination. It is prudent and advised that your test providor can supply you with a Fit2Fly certificate and the data back-up including brand of test used through the RT-qPCR process.
At present, KCTC has purchased 50,000 tests and 3 analysing machines, with another 50,000 tests on-time placement backorder during the summer season. With an adjustment in shifts, KCTC has the capability to double this output, therefore, guaranteeing that no tourist to Kefalonia will be left stranded. (some will live in hope)
Our online booking system will not allow this to happen. Just follow the GET TESTED link and show up for your test. Our results are SAME DAY.
First, we will test you again to be sure. Then, you will be expected to isolate in quarantine in accordance with local laws at your own expense, until you are deemed well enough to travel. Our Quarantine Protection Plan can help you pay for the additional accommodation and meals you will need to spend in Kefalonia until you are better, this is limited to 15 days and to a maximum value of 2450 euros per person. It is also a good idea to check your travel insurance.
If you stick to your test time details, KCTC guarantees your results. Otherwise, we cover your new flights if your airline doesn’t.