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Hold on! I just did a simulated test booking and found this:

Test kits cannot be ordered for multiple addresses and each order must be for each travellers home address. You are not allowed to order tests to be delivered to your address for people who are not normally resident at the delivery address.

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That seems to suggest it's impossible for people from outside the CTA to visit Wales directly. This is unnecessarily confusing.

Ed

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22 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Hold on! I just did a simulated test booking and found this:

Test kits cannot be ordered for multiple addresses and each order must be for each travellers home address. You are not allowed to order tests to be delivered to your address for people who are not normally resident at the delivery address.

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That seems to suggest it's impossible for people from outside the CTA to visit Wales directly. This is unnecessarily confusing.

Ed

Tell them that the Lakes and Dales are just as nice

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20 minutes ago, IanN said:

Last time I checked there was no border crossing on any entry to Wales. Or are they checking all traffic that enters Wales if so the queues must be horrendous

The socialist republics of Wales and Scotland like to keep control.

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Even more confusing, I could arrive in England, note my sons address on the locator form, book a cheap day 2 test, and then find I could not stay with my son (for any reasonable excuse). According the Welsh Assembly's website I could return to Wales without having to amend my locator form. As IanN says there is no border...

Of course I won't do that, as I have obeyed the letter of the law up to now, even though the law is an ass

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34 minutes ago, David Williams said:

Tell them that the Lakes and Dales are just as nice

They did that 4 years ago. And Scotland. And Cornwall. They want to see Wales. 

In fact they liked Scotland so much they actually bought a square foot of land in a forest somewhere up near Fort William as a joke. I wonder if they can use that as their official UK address:

3rd boggy patch on the right,

A couple of yards beyond the fallen tree,

Middle of sodding nowhere,

PH33 WTF

Scotland

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

They did that 4 years ago. And Scotland. And Cornwall. They want to see Wales. 

In fact they liked Scotland so much they actually bought a square foot of land in a forest somewhere up near Fort William as a joke. I wonder if they can use that as their official UK address:

3rd boggy patch on the right,

A couple of yards beyond the fallen tree,

Middle of sodding nowhere,

PH33 WTF

Scotland

 

 

Ed

PH33 WTF, priceless

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Brother-in-law arrived in Scotland from the USA on Sunday and arranged day 2 tests to be delivered to my parents-in-law's house (having said that he moved abroad in 1998 and is still registered to vote at his parents' house - for the record he hasn't voted).

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15 hours ago, David Williams said:

Hello and thanks, will look up that supplier. Did the kit fit through the letterbox and did it come with a Royal Mail return label ?

Thanks

 

Yes to both, came in a C4 envelope and fit through the letterbox easily. 

It says to post it back in a Royal Mail Priority postbox (we have one 90 seconds walk from the front door) but I think all Covid tests are supposed to use these ones. 

 

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1 hour ago, CirrusDesAigles said:

 

Yes to both, came in a C4 envelope and fit through the letterbox easily. 

It says to post it back in a Royal Mail Priority postbox (we have one 90 seconds walk from the front door) but I think all Covid tests are supposed to use these ones. 

 

Thanks, I may well try them, I used Randox in the summer which was fine, however it takes a while for the tests to arrive and DPD did not seem to like using our letter box and left them at a neighbour. Randox also uses a drop box which is a 10 minute drive, however was very quick processing them.

We are going to France in 3 weeks and would prefer to wait until we are sure that the rules won't be changing again before ordering them as we are due a rethink of the rules by the 1st October as well as the standard Country review on the 16th September. 

As you say the reviews look good (https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/nationwidepathology.co.uk) and they promise fast despatch.

 

 

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29 minutes ago, David Williams said:

Thanks, I may well try them, I used Randox in the summer which was fine, however it takes a while for the tests to arrive and DPD did not seem to like using our letter box and left them at a neighbour. Randox also uses a drop box which is a 10 minute drive, however was very quick processing them.

We are going to France in 3 weeks and would prefer to wait until we are sure that the rules won't be changing again before ordering them as we are due a rethink of the rules by the 1st October as well as the standard Country review on the 16th September. 

As you say the reviews look good (https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/nationwidepathology.co.uk) and they promise fast despatch.

 

 

 

Yes, the Google Reviews aren't bad either (average of 3.9 stars) whereas most private Covid testing suppliers seem to be doing well to clock 2 stars. 

They were delivered by Royal Mail. 

I'll report back post 14th September if we get results on time etc. 

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14 hours ago, elaine80 said:

Brother-in-law arrived in Scotland from the USA on Sunday and arranged day 2 tests to be delivered to my parents-in-law's house (having said that he moved abroad in 1998 and is still registered to vote at his parents' house - for the record he hasn't voted).

Well who could he vote for?

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2 hours ago, veryoldbear said:

I think things are improving/

Randox have always seemed ok, our results on recent day 2/8 tests were very quick, the main issues have been:-

  • Time taken to deliver kits, they quote 4-6 working days, however is usually quicker.
  • Delivery needs a photo of an open door !
  • Need to have access to a dropbox - however that makes the return to lab fast
  • 7 day a week return service unlike Royal Mail which does not deliver on Sunday or Bank Holidays.
  • The BF discount code is insulting given that Randox advertise it as £43 after discount & the BF code gets £45 !

I am going to try Nationwide Pathology next time (as recommended by someone on this forum) as I want to wait until I am in France and the UK has announced whether any changes to the system will happen (due by end of September), I therefore need a company which despatches fast and also fits though a letterbox. The reviews seem good and they actually answer questions !

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Enclosed is a decent article regarding why so few positive tests are sequenced.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/58176249

Basically, a large amount of positive tests are too weak to be viably sequenced, this is probably due to people being at the early stage of the disease.

This makes sense as everyone coming in has already been tested as negative before travel.

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One pays for a Day 2 test on return from overseas just to be allowed to get on the ferry. So just choose a cheapie. The cheapest cheapie you can find.  I don’t think it matters whether they are efficient or not, or whether they give you the right result. They just let you come home. A travel tax if you like.

But f you really want a test result at any time just do your own. My kids do that whenever they visit grandparents - just in case.

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