World-renowned science organisation Campden BRI which is based at Chipping Campden, is pivoting to repurpose its expertise to provide Government-approved COVID-19 Fit-to-Fly testing and certification.
Since the Government has graded countries as either Green, Amber or Red – with different rules to follow for each –travellers must take a Fit-to-Fly PCR test before departure. Assuming the result is negative, an official certificate confirming the negative result for COVID-19 must also be provided. UK travellers are not permitted to use the free NHS testing service and must instead go through a private firm.
As a local business situated between Banbury and Cheltenham, the experts at Campden BRI are providing a quick turnaround Fit-to-Fly testing service for those in and around the Cotswolds.
Dr Martin D’Agostino, virologist at Campden BRI, said: “With many travellers requiring a Fit-to-Fly Certificate at short notice, we’ve developed a fast-turnaround service to ensure locals can travel without delay. We’re even offering a collection and drop off service at our site to provide the local public with a convenient and quick way to obtain a Fit-to-Fly Certificate.”
Founded in 1919, Campden BRI has over 100-years’ experience of providing scientific expertise using world class laboratory facilities and has subsequently built a reputation as a powerhouse in areas such as microbiology, chemistry and virology.
Dr D’Agostino added: “Campden BRI has a long history of providing scientific services to the food and drink industry. Initially we were offering PCR testing to our own workforce, to ensure they felt safe and confident coming into work. But as international travel started to open up again we realised we were well placed to provide a convenient service to people in the Cotswolds area who need a quick, easy and reliable method of getting an official Fit-to-Fly Certificate.
“The service has already enabled many people to travel unimpeded, and feedback has been incredibly positive thanks to a simple collect and drop service that avoids mail services and their potential for loss or compromised tests which could delay results.”
Campden BRI’s Fit-to-Fly & Travel service can be found at www.campdenfittofly.co.uk and prices start from £70, including a next day service.