Edinburgh Airport has opened a public Covid-19 screening facility, enabling people to receive quick and accurate PCR swab tests.

The ExpressTest site will be available for travellers, airport staff and the general public, and will be located before the terminal in the FastPark area of the car park.

This is claimed to be the first public screening centre for Covid-19 at a Scottish airport.

Both passengers and staff will be charged at a subsidised rate of £80 and £60 respectively while the public will be charged £99 for the test.

Test results will be texted or emailed to people the next day.

As a precaution, airline passengers have been advised to schedule their test between two and five days before their departure time.

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A Fit to Fly certificate, authorised by a doctor, along with the test result, will be emailed to those testing negative.

Travellers should check with their travel provider whether this certificate is accepted before booking the screening service.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Protecting and mitigating risk to public health and providing reassurance and confidence to people who need and want to travel is incredibly important if aviation and all of the industries that rely on it are to recover.

“We have acted with ExpressTest to ensure we are in as strong a position as possible to allow aviation as a facilitator industry to drive Scotland’s recovery. Until then, people must continue to adhere to local regulations and ensure they understand and follow government guidance to protect themselves and others.”

ExpressTest founder Nick Markham said: “It’s hugely exciting to have teamed up with Edinburgh Airport to deliver the first public airport screening service in Scotland.  Our mission at ExpressTest is to provide reassurance to people that they are Covid-free, whether that’s when they are travelling or visiting friends and family.

“The ambition is for us to have 30 locations up and running across the UK in the next few months, and this landmark facility in Edinburgh is just the start.”