Amazon launches Day 2 test for £34.99

COID travel tests
By Linsey McNeill
14/12/2021
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Online retail giant Amazon has started selling COVID PCR kits for travellers with a promise of results within 24 hours of samples reaching its laboratory.

The kits cost £34.99 for a single Day 2 test, £63.98 for Day 2 and Day 8 bundles and £95.97 for Day 2, 5 and 8 bundles.

Discounts are available for multiple kits.

Tests can be ordered for next-day delivery and postage is free for Amazon Prime members.

While the Government list of recommended Day 2 test providers includes some advertising tests from as little as £15, many aren’t available for their lead in price and they’re often more expensive than £34.99 when postage costs are added to the bill.

Also, some have been criticised for failing to return results within the promised timeframe, which means that under new rules travellers have to self-isolate for longer than anticipated.

In a release, Amazon said it has invested ‘billions’ keeping staff and customers safe during the pandemic, including building an inhouse testing programme.

“Our lab in Manchester complemented the UK Government’s testing efforts and has now processed over 1.4 million tests from tens of thousands of front-line employees in the UK, making Amazon a leader in employer-driven COVID-19 testing,” it said.

“We have learned a lot through that process, and earlier this year we launched at-home COVID-19 PCR test collection kits for our customers in the US. The feedback has been positive – customers have told us they appreciate access to a reliable, convenient, and affordable test – and we’re excited to extend this COVID-19 testing service to our customers through Amazon.co.uk.

“Our International Arrivals Service fulfils government entry testing requirements and can be used for travel into the UK.”

The kits are processed by Amazon’s in-house lab and the company is listed by the Department of Health as a general COVID-19 testing provider.

“The Amazon test collection kit offers customers the convenience they’ve come to expect from Amazon.co.uk by providing access to highly accurate COVID-19 testing, at an affordable price,” said Amazon Director Antoine Dreyfus.

The collection kit comes with a pre-paid return label for shipping tests back to Amazon’s Manchester lab by Royal Mail.

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