Scam Covid Test #2 is part of Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report.
Disclaimer: I drafted this post in October 2021. One day, and maybe that day is today, we can look back and see how stupid these travel restrictions were.
To go to Italy from the UK, the Italian government requires a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival. This shortened, random duration meant the test I took in Belfast (see Scam Covid Test #1: Entering the UK) would no longer be valid. For convenience, Manchester airport has a testing center on-site. Unlike entry into the UK, which required a PCR test, Italy accepted the less intrusive antigen test. After a quick swab, I was sent on my way to await the results. Like I did in Colombia (see Room Service: I’m Here with Your Covid Test), I wondered what I would do if it came back positive. How much money or points would I have to burn to quarantine? Moments later, I received confirmation that I was negative. Relieved as I might be, I continue to be annoyed at the scam that testing has become. How much money is being made off of these tests?