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When we find a travel-related supplier we trust, we share our recommendations with you. We’ve found a Covid test provider we really like.

I’m a digital nomad – I work away from home about six months of the year. In the past five months, I’ve spent 10 hours a day programming in Norway, Spain, Italy, the Bahamas and the United States. So as you can imagine, I know a lot about Covid tests.

After you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you have to take a Day 2 test. Despite the name, you can take the test on Day 1 (the day after you arrive) or on Day 2. In order to have a test kit on hand when you need it, it’s best to have one sent to you in advance.

As of today's date, the test can be either an antibody (lateral flow) or PCR test. Conditions are continually changing, so it's best to check before you leave. This requirement applies to anyone entering the UK – UK citizen or not – and all tests have to paid for privately.

Buyer Beware

If you go online to find a provider of test kits, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of companies, and you’ll have no way of knowing whether a supplier is reliable. Lots aren’t. According to the research done by Which?, even the UK government’s list of providers included a few cowboy firms.

Our Recommendation

When we find a travel-related supplier we really like, we’ll tell you here. Of course, if we ever hear anything dodgy about a supplier we’ve previously recommended, we’ll post that here, too.

Over the past six months, I’ve come to trust Testing for All. We were pleased to discover that it’s one of only four testing companies recommended by Which? It’s also the least expensive.

The process is simple. You register online; the kit arrives within three days; and you send back the test in a pre-paid mailer. They process your test within one or two days, and the results can be viewed on Testing for All’s online portal.

We hope our recommendation, and the Which? article, save you time, money and frustration.

John Scott

John Scott is founder and CEO of Mia Bazo and our sister company Voyage Manager, with 24 years in software design and development. He is a digital nomad and committed environmentalist.

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