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How to get a COVID-19 test

Even when travelling to and from Green List, Amber list and Common Travel Area destinations, negative COVID-19 tests can be required, though there are some exemptions in place e.g. for children. If you haven’t already, please check our travel requirements page for all the latest requirements both overseas and returning to the UK. It’s best to keep checking the page regularly before you travel, as requirements can change. That’s why we’d recommend that you don’t start arranging COVID-19 tests until closer to your time of travel, around seven days before departure.

We’re here to help you find out more about COVID-19 tests, what you need and where you can get them from. On this page you’ll find:

Required Green List destination tests

Pre-travel COVID-19 test

Some overseas governments require everyone to show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination on arrival. If you’re required to, you must take the required test in the days before you go away (usually within either 48 or 72 hours before your arrival time).

Return to UK test

The Return to UK test must be taken while you’re on holiday in the three days before your return flight. You can book this in advance and take a test with you or you can arrange one locally in resort. You’ll need to provide proof of your negative test result via a printed document, email or text before you board your flight to the UK.

Day two and day eight tests

Once you arrive in the UK, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test on or before day two of your arrival. If you’re travelling from an Amber List destination, you also need to take a day eight test If you’re aged 18 and over and haven’t been fully vaccinated*. These tests must be pre-booked before you fly to the UK and you’ll need your booking reference to complete your UK passenger locator form.

*To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve been vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.

Types of COVID-19 tests

Once you've checked travel requirements to see which tests you'll need, you can find out more about the tests themselves below.

Pre-travel COVID-19 test

Return to UK test

Day two test

Day eight test

Finding a test

We understand that when it comes to testing, everyone has different preferences. You may be happy to do your tests at home and take them to a drop-off location or you might prefer to take a test in person at a supervised medical location. So the choice is completely in your hands, so you can do what’s best for you.

  • Need help finding a testing supplier? We’ve created a list below and where we can, we’ve included a discount code for you to use.
  • A good rating is something we’d always recommend you look at, rather than just the price – Trustpilot is usually a good benchmark and we’ve included their latest rating.
  • As requirements can change, we’d recommend that you don’t start arranging COVID-19 tests until closer to your time of travel, around seven days before departure.

The following links will take you to third party websites that offer testing services. If you choose to buy any of their services, your agreement will be with the testing supplier directly. Just so you know, we’re not responsible for their availability, content, information, timeliness, products or services. Please check the individual terms and conditions and privacy statements.

You’re completely free to shop around and find your own testing supplier(s) – and it’s your responsibility to make sure you’re happy with the buying decisions you make. You must get the correct testing in line with the requirements of governments both in the UK and abroad.

Airport testing

Testing is available at our ten UK airports. Select your departure or return airport below and follow the link to find out more about test types, availability and pricing.

Pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test

Check what type of test is accepted by the destination you’re travelling to here

Supplier name Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method

£65 (At home test)

£85 (In person test)

n/a n/a

Pre-booked inperson testing

at selected Boots stores

nationwide.

£66.00 HOLIDAY21

consumerhelp

@collinsongroup.com

Pre-booked inperson testing at

East Midlands, London Stansted

and Manchester airports.

£43 (At home test)

£60 (In person test)

Test21 0800 2545 201

At home test to return via courier or at a drop-off point.

Or pre-booked inperson testing at

East Midlands, London Stansted

and Manchester airports.

 £99.00  n/a  n/a

Pre-booked inperson testing

at selected Well Pharmacy stores.

Pre-travel COVID-19 rapid antigen test (also known as RAT or lateral flow)

Check what type of test is accepted by the destination you’re travelling to here

Supplier name Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method

£34.00

n/a n/a

Test is sent to you before you go

and needs to be taken over a

pre-booked video appointment.

£32.00 HOLIDAY21

consumerhelp

@collinsongroup.com

Pre-booked inperson testing at

East Midlands, London Stansted

and Manchester airports.

£39.00

Test21 0800 2545 201

Pre-booked in-person testing at

East Midlands, London Stansted

and Manchester airports.

£25.00

n/a covidswabbing@livingcare/co/uk

Test is sent to you before you go.

Result uploaded to a website via your

smartphone while you're away.

Pre-travel COVID-19 quick turnaround tests

Suppliers offering quicker processing times for pre-travel PCR tests, normally at an increased fee. Check what type of test is accepted by the destination you’re travelling to here.

Supplier name Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method

£60 (In-person test. Results in 24 hours)

£70 (In-person test. Results in 12 hours)

£90 (In-person test. Results in 1-3 hours)

n/a 0800 2545 201

Pre-booked in-person testing at

East Midlands, London Stansted

and Manchester airports.

Return to UK test

Everyone travelling to the UK from a Green or Amber List destination (except children aged 10 and under).

Supplier name Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
 £34.00 n/a customerservicesj2@breatheassured.com 

Test is sent to you before you go

and needs to be taken over a pre-booked

video appointment while you’re away.

£32.00 HOLIDAY21 consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com

Test is sent to you before you go

and needs to be taken over a pre-booked

video appointment while you’re away.

£25.00 n/a covidswabbing@livingcare.co.uk

Test is sent to you before you go.

Result uploaded to a website via

your smartphone while you're away.

Day two test

 

Everyone travelling to the UK from a Green or Amber List destination (except children aged four and under). Check information about test suppliers on the government website.
Supplier name Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£66.00 HOLIDAY21

consumerhelp

@collinsongroup.com

Pre-booked in-person testing before you leave the airport

at East Midlands, London Stansted

and Manchester airports.

£43.00 (At home test)

£60 (In-person test)

Test21 0800 2545 201

At home test to return via courier or at a drop-off point.

Or pre-booked in-person testing before you

leave the airport at East Midlands,

London Stansted and Manchester airports.

 £65.00  n/a  n/a

At home test to return via courier

(Mon-Fri only, excluding bank holidays).

 £99  n/a n/a  At home test to return via post.

Day two and day eight test package

If you’re travelling to the UK from an Amber List destination, aged 18 and over and not fully vaccinated. Check information about test suppliers on the government website.

Supplier name Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£132.00 HOLIDAY21

consumerhelp

@collinsongroup.com

Pre-booked in-person testing before

you leave the airport at East Midlands,

London London Stansted and Manchester airports. 

Second test taken at testing centre.

£86.00 (At home test)

Test21 0800 2545 201

At home test to return via courier or at a drop-off point.

Or pre-booked in-person testing before you

leave the airport at East Midlands,

London Stansted and Manchester airports.

 £160.00  n/a n/a  At home test to return via post.

The Trustpilot ratings featured in the tables above are correct at the time of publish. We’ll check and update these regularly, but please also visit Trustpilot yourself to check ratings.

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