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Virgin Atlantic signs deal to offer ‘testing bundles’ to customers

Virgin Atlantic has signed a deal with testing provider Prenetics to offer a range of “testing bundles” for the destinations offered by the carrier.

Customers are able to order “a complete end-to-end travel testing bundle, tailored to their destination” via a dedicated microsite.

The bundles will start at £152 for a country on the government’s green list and £179 for those on the amber list. An individual ‘Fit to Fly’ PCR test will be available for £55 for pre-departure tests.

Initial destinations with packages available are Israel, Nigeria and Grenada, with Virgin saying more were likely to be added as requirements ease.


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The airline said: “The bundles include all the tests customers require and include a convenient remote ‘test to carry’ rapid antigen test, which customers can easily administer before returning to the UK, meeting England’s pre-departure testing requirements.

“The packages will also include UK government approved arrival packages for Day 2 and/or 8 of self-isolation at home with an option to add a PCR test at day 5 for early release from quarantine, where this applies for amber countries.

“To offer customers peace of mind, the pre-purchased bundle can be easily changed if a destination changes from green to amber for example, with customers simply required to pay the difference or issued with a refund.”

Corneel Koster, chief customer and operating officer, said: “As the skies reopen we’re ready to ensure that we protect public health and enable our customers to book and travel smoothly with confidence.

“We cannot have a prohibitively expensive testing system that puts businesses, individuals, and families off travelling, which is why we are pleased to have worked closely with Prenetics to offer competitive prices for our customers and will continue to review these regularly.

“With the UK’s world-leading vaccine rollout, the government must also go further to expand the green list and significantly update the traffic light framework, enabling travel without testing and quarantine for green countries and vaccinated passengers travelling to amber destinations.”

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