As The Local reported earlier this month, the British government has set new rules on what languages Covid-19 test results need to be in for arrivals. Italian was not one of them.
This change caused concern among readers, as it was unclear whether or how travellers could obtain test results in English before departing from Italy.
“Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted, and you must provide the original test result certificate,” read the government rules.
The test must be taken within the 72 hours before travelling to the UK.
The measure was imposed amid an alarming spike in infections in the UK and concerns that virus variants from abroad, such as those detected in Brazil and South Africa, will add to the health crisis if they are allowed to spread
The UK government says the result must include the following:
- your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
- your date of birth or age
- the result of the test
- the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
- the name of the test provider and their contact details
- the name of the test device
“If the test result does not include this information you may not be able to board, and may not be able to travel to England. If you arrive without a test result that includes this information, you will be committing a criminal offence and could receive a £500 fine.”
“Your test result can be provided as a physical, printed document, or via email or text message, which you can show on your phone. Make sure that your device is charged.”
The Local also understands that there are numerous clinics in Rome and elsewhere offering to provide translations of test results. These would not be valid for travel, as the British Embassy has stressed that “translations are not accepted.”