A viable and science-led proposal to ease travel quarantine restrictions.
WHAT IS IT?
‘Test-on-Arrival’ is a joint Collinson and Swissport proposition which is ready to move into pilot, subject to government support. The RT-PCR testing initiative is perfect for airports and other major transport hubs that facilitate cross-border travel in regions where quarantine restrictions exist.
HOW IT WORKS
The new testing proposition enables travellers to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival back into a country where quarantine rules apply. Following testing, travellers are required to go to their specified quarantine address to wait for their test results. If negative, travellers would be free to go about their lives as normal. If positive, they would simply need to follow the relevant quarantine procedures.
The tests use the gold standard of virus detection, RT-PCR testing. They are sensitive enough to detect the particles of COVID-19, even if the passenger has displayed no symptoms. Swabs will be securely transported from the Airport to one of Collinson’s biotech labs, which can then process specimens generally within five hours, after which passengers are alerted that their result is ready to be viewed in their account.
UK PILOT TAKE OFF
Critical to the adoption of ‘Test-on-Arrival’ is UK government backing. Collinson and Swissport are seeking support from government to approve an additional exemption category – that being travellers who have tested negative. If this is approved, then the pilot is likely to be adopted by major transport hubs in the UK and beyond.