As the pandemic continues into autumn, a variety of quarantine and testing measures are being tried out in different countries across the globe. In the midst of a bad year for travel, however, there is some good news for passengers travelling from Heathrow: rapid tests seem to be coming on the scene.
The LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) test delivers results within an hour, drastically reducing the hassle of obtaining a negative test result in order to travel.
As of today (Tuesday, October 20th), the test will only be available to passengers flying to either Italy or Hong Kong, where a negative test result is required for entry from the UK. Passengers can book the private test online for £80.
While it is unclear whether the testing will expand to include other countries, this new measure comes on the heels of a new (as yet unused) test-on-arrival facility that was built in Heathrow over the summer.
With any luck, the availability of rapid testing will expand as we head into winter, allowing greater freedom of movement for UK citizens hoping to go abroad.