The UK's first rapid pre-flight Covid-19 testing facilities launched at London's Heathrow airport on Tuesday.
The test "costs £80 ($104) and aims to provide departing passengers with their results in around 60 minutes," airport service providers Collinson and Swissport announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The new facilities, located at terminals 2 and 5, will initially supply Oxford LAMP rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers traveling to destinations that require pre-departure tests as part of local government requirements, including Hong Kong and Italy, the statement says.
The facilities "will seek to add other tests, including Antigen, as global governments continue to accept a wider variety of testing methods as an alternative to travel restrictions and quarantines," the statement adds.
Airlines British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific will offer the testing to passengers. The testing facilities will initially be open for four weeks, monitoring passenger and airline demand, according to the statement.