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Gatwick Car Park Drive Through Test Centre Opens

Pre-departures PCR tests costing £99 are being offered at a new drive-through site at Gatwick, providing travellers with a convenient and affordable way to get tested prior to flying abroad and upon return to the UK.

The Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) facility 12 minutes from the airport has been established with testing provider Collinson.

The lowest price is £40 for a pre-departure anti-body test.

Tests for travellers include PCR, LAMP, Antigen and anti-body.

All tests are administered by medical professionals on-site with most results available within 45–120 minutes, depending on the test taken.

Test appointments need to be made for before 4pm to receive same-day results.

For those travellers who require a pre-departure RT-PCR test, customers can book an airport hotel for the night before, while awaiting results prior to flying with a hotel and parking package.

APH managing director Nick Caunter said: “Many people in the UK are eagerly looking forward to a holiday this year and testing looks certain to be a vital enabler for many months to come.

“The Covid testing facility at our APH Gatwick site provides travellers with the option to have their Covid test done at the same location as parking their car, ensuring the start and finish of their holiday is as simple and easy as possible.”

Collinson deputy chief executive David Evans added: “With summer travel looking increasingly likely, the partnership with APH provides travellers with a convenient option to have their Covid tests taken all in one place, whether that’s pre-departure or mandatory testing for UK arrivals.

“While the requirements around testing may change, we believe that offering travellers a greater amount of choice when it comes to the type of test they can take and the convenience of a car park and hotel nearby is important to helping international travel resume safely.”

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