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Do Halo Verify bookings at Sofitel T5 generate a Passenger Locator Form code?

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  • AFKAE

    Would I be right in assuming that on making a booking with Halo Verify, a UK PLF code is issued in the same way as ordering a test by post? Thanks.

    elguiri

    I made a booking for HaloVerify and the codes for PLFs were sent in confirmation email (also displayed on screen on payment complete).

    AFKAE

    Thanks.

    truthbetold

    How does Halo work when you arrive at the Sofitel? Do you all queue so May have long delays? Presume the booking time relates to the expected flight time and not 30mins later when you might (if lucky) get to the test centre

    Ibblybibbly

    I went to Sofitel at 9.30 pm and quickly collected my pre-ordered test from Reception. Somewhat ignominiously I then went to the Gents to complete the test, basically filling the tube with spit. I believe that from 0700 to 1900 there are Halo staff there to help, and presumably some sort of booth to perform the test. I followed the instructions, packaged it up and handed it back to Reception. I received my -ve result at 9.21 am the following morning. Very impressed and would recommend.

    Rui N.

    Oh, the test centre doesn’t need to be “open” for you to be able to use Halo at Sofite? That’s great to hear, as my flight will likely arrive at 7PM.

    Ibblybibbly

    Correct. I was concerned as my flight arrived at 8.45 pm so I rang HALO and they confirmed you just show booking ref. to reception and they will sort you out. Worked far easier than I imagined.

    Rui N.

    That’s awesome to hear. Many thanks.

    modestpointscollector

    Anyone done a Halo recently during normal hours and any expectation on how long the results took please? The wording keeps changing (the window is getting bigger) on the site. We are coming back from NYC on Xmas day morning and were hoping to go straight to my parents near Heathrow after doing an LFT as soon as we jump in the car, but since the changes we have been looking for a 3hr PCR which no one seems to be doing for this new 2 day arrivals test. Halo seems to be the best available option currently, so have paid our money and will have to see.

    Current plan is to isolate at a hotel room near parents and wait for Halo result to come through which we realised might not be until the next morning, but better than nothing. Of course we’re hoping it comes through during the day at some point, we land at 8am-ish so might make it in time for Xmas dinner? 🙂

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    Andrew J

    My understanding is that if you’re staying with your parents, you put that as the isolation address and you isolate there, with them. That’s within the rules – you’re not required to isolate on your own. And they are free to come and go as they please during your isolation period.

    Andrew J

    All the guidance is here and makes it clear you’re free to isolate with family you are staying with:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

    davefl

    Anyone done a Halo recently during normal hours and any expectation on how long the results took please? The wording keeps changing (the window is getting bigger) on the site. We are coming back from NYC on Xmas day morning and were hoping to go straight to my parents near Heathrow after doing an LFT as soon as we jump in the car, but since the changes we have been looking for a 3hr PCR which no one seems to be doing for this new 2 day arrivals test. Halo seems to be the best available option currently, so have paid our money and will have to see.

    Took 4 hrs 40 mins to come through after testing at 11am on Sunday. I was still in galleries south waiting for my connection, isolating in the corner with several glasses of red.

    No idea if they’ll be as quick in the lab in xmas day.

    modestpointscollector

    Took 4 hrs 40 mins to come through after testing at 11am on Sunday. I was still in galleries south waiting for my connection, isolating in the corner with several glasses of red.

    No idea if they’ll be as quick in the lab in xmas day.

    Thanks for the info. Like you said no clue what Xmas day will be like. Fingers are crossed.

    modestpointscollector

    My understanding is that if you’re staying with your parents, you put that as the isolation address and you isolate there, with them. That’s within the rules – you’re not required to isolate on your own. And they are free to come and go as they please during your isolation period.

    Yeh I probably dumbed it down a bit too much for my post, there’s no real option to stay with my parents as my sister is there with her family and due to fly back home before the New Year – the last thing we want to do is test positive and ruin it for everyone.

    All the guidance is here and makes it clear you’re free to isolate with family you are staying with:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

    Thanks, i’ve read that a number of times and still thing the advice isn’t that clear – While you’re fine to quarantine the home of friends and/or family, I would find it hard to argue that having Xmas huddled around a dining table is “as far as possible, avoid contact with other people in the place where you’re quarantining”

    athruna

    Used Halo at T5 Sofitel on Monday. You have to walk through a lot of corridors from T5, but the testing is well sign-posted and well organised. It was fairly busy, but they had ~25 booths set up for people to conduct their PCR tests (gobbing in a test tube!), so minimal waiting.

    While there, we were told that results are usually available within 6 hours. My results arrived at 7pm after taking the test around 2pm.

    If you want to speed things up a bit, make sure to download their mobile app and fill in your general details beforehand.

    Tracey

    A word of warning. Some countries don’t accept saliva tests for entry. St Lucia is one, it’s specifically excluded from their list of acceptable PCRs. I don’t know if VeriFLY picks up on this or not.

    davefl

    The only thing about the Halo I didn’t like was that they only have an iphone app not an Android one. Pre-registering on the “webapp” on a laptop was impossible, doing on my phone before I got there was ok, but it was impossible to scan the barcodes. Had to type the two of them in manually and confused 8 and b due to my poor eyesight so it took assistance from the young lady to help me sort it as the form wouldnt submit and there was no indication what the error was or that you could go ‘back’ on the webapp.

    So test good, IT bad.

    blue_wolf

    Website originally said results by 6pm if taken same day. This has now changed to 8am next day. Fingers crossed we get results same day (landing at 13:30) but not getting our hopes up…

    NikNak

    OH took Halo T5 test this morning 0845 and results back 1540

    truthbetold

    8.22am family took 4 tests. Still waiting. Was busy with overflow lounge used to sit down for spittle collection 😀. 6 flights had their own baskets with the OTHER basket overflowing. Was advised it was being collected imminently. So don’t expect a long wait but who knows these days when you can be off work with symptomless covid and triple vaccines and hence a low risk. Geneva airport immigration queue on the other hand was probably a superspreader event

    truthbetold

    8.30 am tests for results at 6pm.

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