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Travellers warned of delays in test results

Covid-19 testing (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Travellers leaving the island must still attend a Covid-19 test centre, health officials have advised.

But a spokeswoman acknowledged that delays in getting test results continued, a problem said to be caused by the latest outbreak driven by Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

She warned that travellers who got tested at a Government site the day before their departure “may run the risk of not receiving their test results in time for their flight”.

The news came after a backlog delayed some travellers over the latest holiday weekend.

People in need of an outbound test from a Government test centre were advised to get tested before departure.

The spokeswoman added the Government had teamed up with healthcare professionals to make antigen tests available through doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

The health ministry added that tests would not be available at the airport for passengers headed out on tomorrow’s Miami flight.

The spokeswoman said the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory planned to issue results tonight instead.

But antigen testing will be available at the airport for outbound travellers who had not got their results on time for travel.

Advice on testing, along with updates on results before travel, is available through the Covid-19 call centre at 444-2498 or 1-833-570-2594.

This story has been edited to remove a reference to people needing to be tested three days before departure which was an error in the Government press release. Travellers to the US must be tested within 24 hours of departure.

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Published January 05, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated January 05, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Travellers warned of delays in test results

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