Flying out of the United Kingdom to seek medical treatment or even for a holiday is currently complicated with the arrival of the 2019 corona virus or Covid-19 as otherwise known. Pre covid-19 you only needed a standard fit to fly certificate for international travel if you had pre existing conditions . During the current covid-19 pandemic an addition Covid-19 fit to fly certificate might be required but what is the difference?
Flying out of the United Kingdom to seek medical treatment or even for a holiday is currently complicated with the arrival of the 2019 coronavirus or Covid-19 as otherwise known. Pre Covid-19 you only needed a standard for if you had pre-existing conditions. During the current COVID-19 pandemic an addition Covid-19 might be required but what is the difference?
What is a
Fit-to- is a doctor's signed declaration that flying will not negatively affect your current pre-existing conditions and it is safe for you to fly.
This means an NHS or Private GP has assessed you taking into account your pre-existing medical conditions believes your pre-existing medical conditions and deemed you fit to fly.
When do you need a standard ?
Airlines may require a standard Fit-to- if you are having a health condition that may affect your heart or lungs. You may also need a if you have had a recent surgery that affects the chest, abdominal area, eyes or lungs. The cabin pressure in an aeroplane can in less oxygen in the blood and these health conditions may be made worse when you fly.
The main reasons you might need a fir to are:
- recent illness, hospitalisation, injury or surgery
- existing unstable medical condition
- need for additional oxygen or use of medical equipment on board
- travelling for medical reasons or treatment
- Travelling if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant.
Travelling when you're pregnant
For your and your baby's safety you cannot fly after:
- the end of the 36th week of pregnancy if you are pregnant with one baby
- the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy if you are pregnant with more than one baby
Airlines recommend that you carry a letter or statement from your Doctor or Midwife confirming:
- Whether your pregnancy is single or multiple
- Your expected due date
- There are no complications with your pregnancy
- The letter should be dated as close to your travel date as possible .
What is the cost of a Standard Fit-to-?
The cost of Standard Fit-for-Travel Certificates varies depending on location and costs. Private GP services such as One Five Health charge from £95 for a fitness to fly assessment certified by a doctor.
How long is your Standard Fit-to- valid for?
Your certificate must confirm that you are Fit-to-Fly at the time of your trip so it has to be fairly recent.
The certificate will probably need to be updated each time you travel If you suffer from a long-term health issue as your condition may have changed and the airline might refuse to allow you to board.
What are Covid-19 Fit-for -Travel Certificates?
The COVID-19 Fit-for- is proof that you have been tested negative for Covid-19, and It is not related on how flying might affect your pre-existing medical conditions.
The must be signed and stamped letter by a doctor registered with the General Medical Council that confirms that you do not have any of COVID-19.
This certificate requires an RT for COVID-19 which is a taken of your throat and nose that is sent to an accredited for .
Can i get a Fit to Fly Covid certificate from the NHS?
Although you can get a free for at a site near you if you're showing of , COVID-19 for the purpose of are not available on the NHS. In this instance you need a private .
What destinations require a negative ?
The list of destinations changes everyday, so you should check in advance with your airline. The most common destinations so far have been Cyprus, Hungary, Austria, Dubai, India, Ethiopia, Morocco, Egypt, Bermuda, Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, Iraq, Iran, Qatar and many others.
What is the cost of a COVID-19 Fit-for-
The cost of Covid-19 Fit-for-Travel Certificates varies depending on location and costs. Private GP services such as One Five Health charge from £90 to £300 per person for Covid-19 and fitness to fly assessment certified by a doctor.
How long is your COVID-19 Fit-for- valid for?
Your COVID-19 Fit-for- is only valid for a short time and depends on your airline and your destination. You should therefore check the requirements and take your within the required time frame.
Which Do Countries Require for a Fit-to- ?
It can depend. But the most common required is a that identifies three different genes in the disease. The RT-PCR is widely viewed as the most comprehensive, currently available today.
What is the RT-PCR Nasal
This is the most common that countries will ask for. It is a very straight forward where you or the doctor places a in your nose and then it is sent to a to see if you are COVID-19 Positive.
Is the painful?
The majority of patients say that the is a little uncomfortable (as it can make you gag a bit and is irritating inside the nose) but do not report any pain. The takes 10 - 15 seconds and although a little uncomfortable, it isn't a terrible experience!
Where can I get a ?