My holiday was ruined because of a false positive PCR test

Gill Charlton has been battling for Telegraph readers and solving their vacation complications for extra than 30 decades, profitable refunds, righting wrongs and suggesting alternatives. 

This week’s question… 

Dear Gill,

On January 11, I analyzed good for Covid-19 after getting a lateral move examination in Jersey. I submitted the final result to our Federal government and isolated for seven times just before publishing two destructive lateral stream assessments. We were being thanks to fly to St Lucia on January 27 so I received a Covid-19 letter of recovery from my doctor in case the demanded PCR exam came back as a untrue optimistic, which in fact it did.

The Ministry of Well being in St Lucia stated I could continue to appear but I need to post the result of the initial constructive take a look at and a discharge letter from my medical doctor, or an NHS restoration move. I believed I experienced complied but the authorities ended up not happy and refused me authorization to journey on the day of the flight. Be sure to can you support me get to the base of their reasoning, if only to assistance other visitors?

– JT

Gill’s response:

It turned out there had been two factors why St Lucia’s Ministry of Well being in the end refused entry to Pleasure. She had isolated for only seven times (as expected in Jersey) and not the 10 days advisable by the Entire world Wellness Organisation at that time. Nor did she take a PCR take a look at to ensure the an infection. 

Government-issued lateral flow tests accomplished at property are undated and are not able to be applied as evidence, the St Lucia authorities point out, even even though Pleasure could present when the outcome was logged with Jersey’s Department of Overall health. Thankfully, many thanks to British Airways Holiday seasons agreeing to refund Joy’s airfares and her resort expenses in St Lucia in vouchers, she was able to invest in new flights through Barbados to the Grenadines and salvage her Caribbean holiday getaway. In the occasion of a journey PCR examination becoming a untrue favourable, Barbados demanded only a doctor’s letter of recovery though St Vincent and the Grenadines was content with a detrimental lateral movement take a look at. 

Ironically, when Joy took a 2nd vacation PCR test on January 29, it arrived back again negative. There are no dependable figures for the percentage of individuals who continue on to check good for up to 90 days next a Covid-19 infection. If you have recently recovered from the virus, it is value reserving two PCR tests: one particular utilizing a postal provider and a 2nd at a clinic with a fast turnaround time on the day before vacation, as a quantity of visitors have described a negative final result.

 Fortunately, the requirement for PCR checks to journey abroad is being quietly dropped by international locations eager to reopen to tourism. See isles/tt-covidproof and, for the hottest guidance, go to

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