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What happens if a flight delay causes your pre-flight covid test to be more than 3 days old?

We are flying out of Charlotte to London. The flight is an overnight flight. We leave on the 28th and arrive in London on the 29th. We scheduled our test for the 25th, because we were afraid the results would take awhile since there is a surge in my area of the country right now. But if our flight gets delayed, and we don't leave until after midnight, then my test will be 4 days prior to departure rather than 3 days. What happens then? I am wondering if I should schedule an additional test on the 26th as a safety measure...

Posted by
2464 posts

You know the answer. Of course, unless you want to be sent back.

Posted by
618 posts

It will depend on the company/lab you use. For my USVI trip this summer, I got so nervous that I did two tests. My first was a PCR test booked through CVS. When I got there at my scheduled time, I had to do a DIY swab through the drive-through. I was not confident about my ability to swab my own nose or if my results would indeed come back in time to upload to the USVI travel portal for approval, So, in a state of anxiety, I then went to my local urgent care and a nurse gave me a PCR test. It was sent to their own lab and the results were back within 4 hours. It was a huge relief and my insurance paid.

I live in rural Missouri - we also have a surge in covid. I am sure you can find an Urgent Care facility where you live that will do a test for travel. BTW my CVS results did come back but took 48 hours. Enjoy England, I missed seeing my family in the UK. I just couldn't do the 10-day quarantine. I won't get back until next June and who knows what it will be like by then. So go during this window of opportunity.

Margaret

Posted by
103 posts

As another option for you: Before I flew into LHR in July, I went to my local Walgreens to have a covid test called IDNOW. This was recommended by another forum member. I did the test myself at the drive through and the result is sent via email within 24 hours. I believe I had a result in less than an hour. The result was emailed to me and I printed it out as well as uploaded it to Delta. It was accepted at the airport and at LHR immigration without question. As the result is within 24 hours, I took the test 2 days before departure rather than 3.

Posted by
410 posts

I had a Rapid PCR test done at an Urgent Care Center. It was a pricey $250. At that time the Netherlands was requiring a negative PCR test done not more that 72 hours before ARRIVAL in the Netherlands. I got the results in about 30 minutes the morning of my flight.

Posted by
759 posts

OP- you have gotten some great answers, please listen to them. I’ll give you the “tough love” answer- they don’t care if you are a really nice person and the dog ate your homework. The 3 day rule is a 3 day rule. 4 days, ain’t 3 days. Close only counts when playing horseshoes or with hand grenades.

Posted by
252 posts

Have you checked the Charlotte airport? Some airports are offering tests, but I have no idea which or how much it costs. Waiting until the last minute might also add a level of travel anxiety you don't need right now, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

Posted by
25727 posts

but the three day rule isn't the three day rule. At least not in this circumstance.

For travel to the UK it is 72 hours, not three days. No more than 72 hours.

The three days rule is only for return to the USA.

edit:see below

Posted by
25727 posts

that's different than I have been working with for some long time, but you are right that's what they say. So that must be correct. Thanks for the knowledge.