Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

Lynda2475

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Does it need to be a GP? If overseas airports offer professionally administered and supervised RATs with paperwork like Histopath does at SYD, MEL and BNE then why wouldnt that suffice?

I was researching where to get a pre departure PCR in US and noticed many of the airport test centres also did RAT.
 

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You know what, I reckon I'll stick with PCR three days out. Be just my luck getting Covid two days later. Happened to my son, DIL and toddler son and son only released from 10 days 'jail' this week. DIL still imprisoned.
 

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You know what, I reckon I'll stick with PCR three days out. Be just my luck getting Covid two days later. Happened to my son, DIL and toddler son and son only released from 10 days 'jail' this week. DIL still imprisoned.
Yeah, for $20-odd difference and a likely 'earlier' result, that would be my way of thinking generally. If you got a weird Fiji example, you might want to have a second try on a RAT...
 

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So now we have to find a GP to give us the test. PCR likely easier.
Depends on which country you are in. In Singapore the process is not terribly different, you go to a clinic that does them. You can get a professionally administered rapid test for about $20, cheapest PCR is about $100. IMHO this is a definitely an improvement.
 

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Depends on which country you are in. In Singapore the process is not terribly different, you go to a clinic that does them. You can get a professionally administered rapid test for about $20, cheapest PCR is about $100. IMHO this is a definitely an improvement.
It's probably me being risk aversive based on recent experience in family. . Get the PCR test done as early as allowed. Be nasty to get to the last 24 hours and go positive.
 

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Depends on which country you are in. In Singapore the process is not terribly different, you go to a clinic that does them. You can get a professionally administered rapid test for about $20, cheapest PCR is about $100. IMHO this is a definitely an improvement.

It's probably me being risk aversive based on recent experience in family. . Get the PCR test done as early as allowed. Be nasty to get to the last 24 hours and go positive.

It would also depend on what your airfare conditions were like in terms of changes and also our individual capacity to deal with last minute changes. There's some things we just leave to our partners to fix.
 

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It's probably me being risk aversive based on recent experience in family. . Get the PCR test done as early as allowed. Be nasty to get to the last 24 hours and go positive.
If you tested positive to a RAT in the last 24 hours you would have also tested positive to the PCR taken a few days earlier unless the RAT was a false positive.
 

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If you tested positive to a RAT in the last 24 hours you would have also tested positive to the PCR taken a few days earlier unless the RAT was a false positive.
I heard RAT was better at picking up early infection. But in son's case, negative PCR within the 72 hours and within 12 hours of arrival he was symptomatic and positive on both. I'd say he would have possibly tested positive the 24 hours earlier but who knows really.
 

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If you tested positive to a RAT in the last 24 hours you would have also tested positive to the PCR taken a few days earlier unless the RAT was a false positive.
I think that's probably true, some people like to know earlier that they have a problem and pay for the 'privilege'. Assuming PCR have a short turnaround (less than 24 hours) overseas.
 

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You know what, I reckon I'll stick with PCR three days out. Be just my luck getting Covid two days later. Happened to my son, DIL and toddler son and son only released from 10 days 'jail' this week. DIL still imprisoned.

Do both and be creative with the results 😂
 

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For RAT testing, the rules state this:

"For a RAT, the test must be undertaken by or under the supervision of a medical practitioner (e.g., pharmacist, general practitioner, nurse, pathologist, pathology collector or trained personnel at airport-based testing stations)."


I'm wondering if video-call RAT services such as Qured (Fit to Fly Test | Fit to Fly PCR and Antigen Tests | Qured) would be allowed for this? Because clearly the rules state that the test can be self-administered, as long as it is supervised.

The rules have just come in, however, it would be great to know the answer to that.
 
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For RAT testing, the rules state this:

"For a RAT, the test must be undertaken by or under the supervision of a medical practitioner (e.g., pharmacist, general practitioner, nurse, pathologist, pathology collector or trained personnel at airport-based testing stations)."


I'm wondering if video-call RAT services such as Qured (Fit to Fly Test | Fit to Fly PCR and Antigen Tests | Qured) would be allowed for this? Because clearly the rules state that the test can be self-administered, as long as it is supervised.

The rules have just come in, however, it would be great to know the answer to that.
I used a similar LFT to use for entry to Italy. Hopefully they will accept this type of test as it’s far easier to organize.
 

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You know what, I reckon I'll stick with PCR three days out. Be just my luck getting Covid two days later. Happened to my son, DIL and toddler son and son only released from 10 days 'jail' this week. DIL still imprisoned.

Is that still an option to do PCR 72 hours out?

I am flying back from the US via HNL with a 48 hour stop there - original plan was to get PCR at SFO on the way out as testing in Hawaii is patchy at best (Hawaii isn’t even listed as a state in the list @PineappleSkip posted)

I haven’t been able to find anyone doing travel RATs via google so will likely still have to do PCR, and what I thought is now 24 not 72 hours before.

Edit - just saw the Australian government link above. Yes to 72 hour PCR. I might stick with that.
 

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PCR tests are fairly cheap in Istanbul, around $35. I would rather be cleared to fly 3 days ahead or get the bad news with time to make arrangements ahead of time. Is SQ also allowing people to fly 7 days after a positive? I am trying to work out the worst case scenario I would have to deal with.

I will be triple vaxxed so I am sure I would be asymptomatic if anything at all. I am the sort who rarely gets sick.
 

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