Pre-departure Covid-19 PCR tests are being made available for Singapore Airlines passengers flying from the UK.

The RT-PCR swab test costs £99.

The UK becomes the fourth SIA market to gain 36-hour turn-around pre-departure tests, as part of an ongoing pilot scheme for customers based in Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

The tests via a dedicated online booking portal are operated by specialist Collinson.

Customers will receive results within 36 hours through the same secure portal, which will then generate a digital certificate and a QR code that is to be presented to airport staff upon check-in.

Passengers are also able to print out their results to present to airport staff.

The initiative follows SIA becoming the first airline in the world to pilot the Iata Travel Pass on a flight into Heathrow ahead of the app’s planned launch in April.

SIA UK and Ireland general manager Mohamed Rafi Mar said: “Expanding the one-stop pre-departure testing portal to our UK based customers is part of our ongoing efforts to provide passengers with a vital service during this time.

“By housing all necessary pre-departure information on one platform, our passengers can enjoy a much more streamlined and seamless booking and pre-flight experience with Singapore Airlines”.

Collinson Asia Pacific president Todd Handcock said: “Testing remains crucial to reopening global borders, restoring confidence in travellers and getting the world travelling safely again.

“This new pre-departure testing service for Singapore Airlines’ UK passengers is an extension of our partnership, which saw the testing service launch in Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong in recent months.

“Our goal is to provide airlines with the support they need to help passengers test with ease and reach their destination as easily and safely as possible.

“The travel industry is inextricably linked to economic progression and we are dedicated to helping the industry get back on its feet. Continuing to implement robust testing protocols is key to long-term stability.”