Wednesday 28 October 2020 8:52 AM UTC
LONDON October 28: An airport hotel has launched a new package that includes a Covid-19 PCR test. The Sofitel at London Heathrow is now selling “test and rest” stays for travellers, comprised of a night at the hotel, breakfast and a PCR test, The Independent newspaper reported.
On arrival at the Terminal 5 hotel, guests take a self-administered test that requires them to spit in a tube.
This is then couriered to a lab at Imperial College in London for processing overnight.
The testing programme is being delivered by biotech firm Halo, and guests must also download the Halo app when they check in.
The app is linked directly to their test, so their result and certificate appears in the app as soon as it’s ready.
It means that, provided they don’t test positive for the virus, travellers can wake up ready to fly to the many destinations that currently require proof of a negative test result.
The package offers good value – considering many private Covid-19 tests cost around £150 – with prices starting from just £179.
According to Arora Group, the company that owns the Sofitel, if the package proves successful it will be rolled out across the brand’s other airport properties.
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