Covid-19 testing to be offered at airport hotels

A Covid-19 test will be offered at airport hotels operated by the Arora Group.

The ‘Test & Rest’ accommodation packages will initially be introduced at the Sofitel London Heathrow, directly connected to Terminal 5.

Packages start at £179 including VAT including accommodation and testing.

Guests will be able to book a package comprising of an overnight stay together with a self-administered saliva-based PCR Covid-19 test kit provided by UK biotech start-up Halo.

The group’s other Heathrow hotels will also be introducing the package shortly.

Hotel guests download the Halo app, scan their test kit, spit in a tube and put it back in the Halo pack.

The sample is then taken to a facility where it is tested using some of the most accurate PCR protocols in the world.

The results are then returned the guest’s app along with a certificate.

Providing the test is negative, they are ready to travel as soon as they wake up the folloiwng morning.

Arora Group founder and chief exeutive Surinder Arora said: “Our beloved hospitality, airline and the wider tourism industry has been devastated by the pandemic and we felt the need to do something to give both business and leisure travellers the confidence to travel.

“The ability to stay in a hotel the night before a flight and get a recognised PCR saliva based Covid-19 test and subsequent result before the flight the following day just made sense.”

Halo chief medical officer Dr Nigel Kellow added: “We’re really excited to be able to work with Arora Group on this pioneering initiative to help get the world moving again.

“We believe we have created a system that offers hotel guests and many others a safe, secure and simple way to travel and enjoy life again in confidence.

“We hope more organisations in the travel industry will follow Surinder Arora’s example.”

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