Today, Collinson, a global leader in travel experiences and medical assistance, announced that it has partnered with global travel platform, Agoda, to offer a range of pre-departure COVID-19 travel tests, including RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests, to Agoda customers at discounted rates.
The partnership enables seamless and secure booking of COVID-19 tests for Agoda customers travelling from Singapore, South Korea and other APAC markets.
Supporting customers during the return to travel
With increased demand for travel as border restrictions lift, the partnership helps facilitate a safe and seamless return to travel. Travellers will easily be able to book a COVID-19 test at their preferred in-city clinic from a list of approved testing facilities through the Collinson website.
A special promotional code will be made available to customers who complete a booking on the travel platform, which can then be applied when scheduling a pre-departure test. Agoda customers will have access to special discount codes ranging from 5%-20% off, depending on the type of test required, and their country of departure.
Upon completion of their test, customers will receive a test certificate containing their PCR test results within 36 hours; and within an hour from the clinic directly for Rapid Antigen tests. Both of which, if negative, can then be used for travel.
The announcement follows on from recent Collinson research, conducted in partnership with CAPA – Centre for Aviation (CAPA), which revealed that over half of respondents (54%) expect robust COVID-19 testing protocols will remain key to re-opening borders until the end of 2022 in Asia Pacific, with a further 26% expecting this until the end of 2023. The research featured the opinions of a specially selected group of over 400 C-Suite and senior managerial level travel experts globally.
Todd Handcock, President, Asia Pacific at Collinson, said: “Ahead of the summer travel season, we are delighted to be partnering with Agoda to offer COVID-19 travel testing to their customers. Taking a COVID-19 test pre- or post-travel continues to be one of the most effective ways to help ensure travel during the pandemic is as safe as possible; particularly as an increasing number of APAC countries are re-opening their borders. After so much uncertainty over the past two years, many of us can’t wait to experience the joy of travel again, and we are happy to support Agoda customers as they make their return.”
Damien Pfirsch, Chief Commercial Officer of Agoda, added: “Our partnership with Collinson is reflective of our dedication to helping our customers ease back into the world of travel. We are seeing an increase in demand from our customers to take to the skies again after two years of being unable to visit friends and family, or experience new adventures abroad. This partnership with Collinson provides a seamless and secure way to book a COVID-19 travel test – giving our customers one less item to worry about as they go about their booking.”
Collinson, through its travel medical services, has completed over 2.5 million tests across the world over the past 17 months, working with more than 30 airlines, airports, health passport providers and other members of the travel ecosystem, as well as governments around the world to aid the safe restart of travel.