Should I book a covid test with Collinson?

Should I book a covid test with Collinson?

Is it a fully accredited provider?Collinson appears on the government’s list of testing providers and therefore meets the minimum requirements, but is currently not fully accredited.

Are both delivery and in-person tests available?Collinson provides at-home or in-accommodation pre-return antigen tests, and in-person arrivals testing.

Does it grant refunds?Sometimes. If you cancel an in-person booking within 72 hours you’ll be entitled to a refund. Collinson does not offer refunds for pre-return tests (supervised or unsupervised).

Discount options from airlines / tour operatorsHays Travel has partnered with Collinson to provide its customers with a discount when booking Covid tests. Easyjet, British Airways and Jet2 offer a discount code to customers. Collinson also provides testing at several major airports (including Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester airport).

Discount codes: Hays Travel offers 20% off with code Hays20; Easyjet offers 20% off with code EASY20OFF, British Airways offers 20% off with code BA20OFF, Jet2 offers a set price with code HOLIDAY21 / TEST21 .

Does this company say it limits sales to help meet demand?We didn’t find a mention of limited sales on Collinson’s website, but its terms and conditions say that services are “subject to laboratory capacity, specially trained staff and stock availability.”

Social media reviewsNo Facebook rating was visible on the Collinson Facebook page. Twitter’s Latest page displayed tweets mentioning Collinson dating back to 15th August, around nine of which were negative in some way, mentioning results failing to arrive, poor customer service and customers claiming to have been charged wrongly for tests.

Collinson returns test pricing as listed on websiteGreen PCR test (on site): £69Amber – Fully Vaccinated including 1x PCR test on site): £69Amber – Partially or Non-Vaccinated including day 2 and day 8 PCR tests (on site): £138Day 8 PCR upgrade (on site): £69Day 5 test to release (on site): £95Supervised antigen video self-test: £42

Should I book a covid test with Eurofins?

Is it a fully accredited provider?Eurofins appear on the government’s list of Covid-19 test providers and is fully UKAS accredited.

Are both delivery and in-person tests available?Yes. You can order an at-home swab test or book an appointment at a Eurofins ‘sampling station’ or drive-through testing station.

Does it grant refunds?We found no information on refunds or cancellations on the Eurofins website, nor through a deeper site search.

Discount options from airlines / tour operatorsEurofins offers discounted departure tests with British Airways.

Discount codes:British Airways 10% discount with code BA2021

Does this company say it limits sales to help meet demand?Eurofins mentions on its website that it is currently experiencing high levels of demand, but that it is currently issuing PCR tests on-time.

Social media reviewsThe Eurofins Global Facebook page currently has a rating of 1.3 out of 5. Eurofins’ divisions all have separate Twitter accounts, making it difficult to gauge their presence on the platform. But when we checked the first page tweets mentioning @EurofinsGroup we found six negative comments since 6th June, including complaints about delayed results and poor customer service.

Eurofins returns test pricing as listed on websiteDay 2 test (home): from £54Day 2 test (drive-through): from £20Day 2 and 8 test package (home): from £98Day 2 and 8 test package (drive-through): from £40Day 5 test to release (home): £44.90

Should I book a covid test with Expert Medicals?

Is it a fully accredited provider?Expert Medicals appears on the government’s list of Covid-19 testing firms for travel, meaning it meets the minimum requirements. But it is not fully accredited, and it wasn’t easy to find information about this company’s status within the UKAS accreditation process on its website.

In June Which? Published a report into the ‘cheapest’ Covid test providers, and the gap between listed and actual test prices. Expert Medicals was one of the providers mentioned along with four other providers, three of which were subsequently removed from the DHSC’s list of providers. We also mentioned at the time that Expert Medicals had a large number of complaints and poor ratings on Trust Pilot.

Are both delivery and in-person tests available?Expert medicals offers mostly at-home test kits, but does also offer an on-site day 5 test to release.

Does it grant refunds?No. Expert Medicals says it operates under a strict no refund policy with no exceptions. It says that once booked, testing kits are “non refundable”.

Discount options from airlines / tour operatorsWe did not find any affiliations with airlines or tour operators.

Does this company say it limits sales to help meet demand?We did not find any mentions of limited sales on Expert Medicals’ website or in its terms and conditions.

Social media reviewsWhich? Could not identify an Expert Medicals Facebook page, so was unable to gather data about reviews of its services from Facebook users. When we checked latest tweets mentioning Expert Medicals we found around 20 negative comments since 13th August, including multiple comments about test kits and results not arriving.

Expert Medicals returns test pricing as listed on websiteDay 2 test (home): £28Day 8 test (home): £40Day 2 and 8 testing package (home): £70Day 5 test to release (on site): £60

Should I book a covid test with Express Test?

Is it a fully accredited provider?

Express Test appear on the government’s list of Covid-19 testing firms for travel meaning they meet the minimum requirements, and say they expect their full official UKAS accreditation to be in place by the end of August.

Are both delivery and in-person tests available?

Does it grant refunds?Yes, in some instances. For clinic appointments, if FCDO travel advice disrupts your travel plans, you’ll be refunded. If you decide to cancel for other reasons up to 72 hours before the test, you’ll receive a voucher valid for 12 months. If the cancellation is within 72 hours, you’ll need to prove your plans were disrupted by cancelled flights or government travel advice changing. For home test kits, cancellations must be made at least 4 full days before your test date, and refunds won’t be granted if your test kit has already been dispatched.

Discount options from airlines / tour operatorsTrailfinders, Kuoni and Ingham’s – all tour operators rated highly by customers – listed Express Test as an option when pointing customers toward testing providers. It is Virgin Atlantic’s recommended provider, and numerous airports use the service including Birmingham and London Heathrow. British Airways also offers a discount for this provider to its customers.

Discount codes: Trailfinders offers a 4% discount with TF21; Inghams offers a 4% discount with HOTELPLAN; Virgin Atlantic offers some discounts with VIRGIN21; British Airways offers some discounts with BA21

 

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