I'm travelling to Belgium next week from the UK on the Eurostar. According to the current guidelines, I need to have a negative RAT (lateral flow test) on the day of travel, but where is this checked, and what proof do I need?

Is the text/email (example below) from the NHS enough, or do I need the physical test, or something else?

The rest of the testing requirements are clear enough as PCR tests are done at Belgian test centres.

NHS Covid testing result text

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    Have you checked this site to see if your question can be answered? Coronavirus and Eurostar Services | Travel News | Eurostar Dec 31, 2021 at 12:42
  • Hi Mark, yes I have. It says exactly the same as the official guidelines I linked.
    – Mourndark
    Dec 31, 2021 at 16:07
  • NHS tests (unlike the vaccination certificates) are not valid for travel and never have been. I can generate an email as the one above by picking up a (free) NHS test at a pharmacy, typing in the code on the test and tick "test was negative", I don't ever have to take the test. Jan 1 at 23:23

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While this answer was likely right when posted it may well be out of date now.

According to the official FAQ, you should provide a test certificate. If the certificate is attached to the e-mail (e.g., a PDF-file), it should be fine. Usually, this is checked at the departure airport (e.g., at the airport counter check-in) and they might also check the certificate upon arrival.

  • He asked about Eurostar. Departure is a bit like an airport but still different. Dec 31, 2021 at 14:19
  • I suppose that one may additionally be checked while in Belgium.In fact, if I interpret the circumstance correctly (entry of non-resident from a "red" non-EU/non-Schengen country): You have to 1) make a PCR or RAT test no more than 72 or 36 hours before arrival; obviously, this test result must be certified and linked to your ID (in whatever way this is done in home country). 2) Make a PCR test on day one in Belgium 3) make another PCR test on day 7 in Belgium. 4) Stay quarantined until you have the (negative, of course) result from the day 1 (vaxed) or day 7 (non-vaxed) test. Dec 31, 2021 at 14:53
  • I've never done a Covid test that came with any kind of certificate, in the UK the ones I've had just send you a text and email with the result. There's no official markings, certification or QR code like the vaccine pass.
    – Mourndark
    Dec 31, 2021 at 16:09
  • Updated the question with the test result I'm used to receiving
    – Mourndark
    Dec 31, 2021 at 16:11
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    @Mourndark NHS tests are not supposed to be used for international travel and lacks the exact time of collection, you may need to find a private provider.
    – xngtng
    Dec 31, 2021 at 16:26

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