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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 tests for travel
  • Types of tests
  • Finding a test
  • Testing FAQs
  • Required tests for travel

    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

    What is it?

    A nose and/or throat swab test to check for a current COVID-19 infection. There are different types of COVID-19 tests, including PCR, LAMP, and rapid antigen (also known as lateral flow). The exact requirements vary by country. You’ll need to buy the test, take it, wait for the outcome, and have evidence of a negative result ahead of your holiday. You’ll normally need the evidence of your negative test result when you complete an overseas passenger locator form. The UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests for this, as they don’t provide the appropriate evidence which you need to provide as proof of a negative result.


    Who needs it?

    Some countries require a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the country – you can check if your destination requires it here. Occasionally there are exemptions for young children, but please check the requirements of the country you plan to visit.


    Where can I find it?

    Tests are available from numerous private clinics nationwide, in some high-street stores and large pharmacies. Some suppliers also offer home kits that you send to their labs via courier. If you need help finding a testing supplier, we've created a list below – although you’re completely free to choose your own testing supplier. Some destinations offer a free COVID-19 test on arrival, but you may need to self-isolate until you get your result – see our travel requirements page for more info.


    Did you know?

    Most destinations require a pre-travel COVID-19 test for arrivals from the UK, but some are happy to waive arrival testing requirements if you can prove you’ve been fully vaccinated. Each country is different, so you must check the travel requirements for your destination seven days before you’re due to depart.

    Return to UK test

    What is it? Before travelling back to the UK from a Green or Amber List country, everyone needs to take a COVID-19 test and provide a negative result. It can be a PCR test, LAMP test or rapid antigen (lateral flow) test, but the UK Government has advised that it can’t be one of the free NHS tests. You must take the test in the three days before you fly home. For example, if you travel directly to the UK on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (or before your flight on Friday – but we wouldn’t recommend leaving it this late). Once you've got your negative result, you'll need evidence of it to show when you board your return flight. This can be as a printed document, email or text message in English, French or Spanish. If you don’t have this, you’ll be refused travel. In addition, your certificate must also contain:

    • passenger name
    • date of birth or age
    • result of the test (must state: ‘negative’, ‘not detected’, or similar)
    • date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
    • name of the test provider and their contact details
    • name of the test device used, or that the test was a PCR test

    For more information, please see the UK Government website.


    Who needs it? Everyone aged 11 years and over needs to take this test while on holiday, in order to fly home. You must take this test even if you’ve been vaccinated. However, if you’re a UK resident travelling from a Common Travel Area like Jersey, this requirement doesn’t apply.

    Where can I find it? It’s widely available for you to book and pay for in most of our resorts. If you need help, speak to one of our friendly in-resort Customer Helpers who will be happy to point you in the right direction. If you’d like your test to return home sorted before you go away, there are suppliers listed below who can send you one to pack and take with you on holiday - although again, you’re completely free to choose your own testing supplier. Just so you know, the UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests.

    Did you know? It doesn’t matter whether you’ve received the vaccine or not – the test to return home is required for everyone entering the UK (aged 11 years and over). You’re free to make your own choice on this test as long as it meets the minimum requirements set out on the UK Government website. But to make things easier for you, there’s currently no requirement for you to use a government-recognised supplier.

    When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance. For more information please visit:

    Day two test

    What is it? If you’re travelling from a Green or Amber List destination, you’ll have to take a COVID-19 PCR test on or before day two of your arrival into the UK. For this test, you must choose one of the UK Government approved suppliers. You don’t need to self-isolate unless the test result is positive. Please note, you'll need to pre-book your day two test before you return home, to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.   

    Who needs it? Anyone travelling from a Green or Amber List destination back to the UK, even if you’re vaccinated, except children aged four and under. You’ll need to book and pay for a test kit to complete at home or in person at a private supplier’s testing site. However, if you’re a UK resident travelling from a Common Travel Area like Jersey, this requirement doesn’t apply.

    Where can I find it? Information about test suppliers can be found on the government website. If you need help finding a testing supplier, we’ve created a list below.

    Did you know? You don’t need to self-isolate when returning from a Green Listcountry. And if you’ve been fully vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK from an Amber List destination, you don’t have to self-isolate either. But for both scenarios, but you must still book and pay for a day two test. Also, you don’t have to wait until your second day back home – you can take your day two test at any time from the moment you land, and before the end of day two.

    When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance. For more information please visit:

    Day eight test

    What is it? If you’re travelling from an Amber List destination, you’re aged 18 and over and you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test on or after day eight of your arrival into the UK. For this test, you must also choose one of the UK Government approved suppliers. Please note, you'll need to pre-book your day eight test before you return home, to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.   

    Who needs it? Anyone travelling from an Amber List destination back to the UK, who’s aged 18 and over and hasn’t been fully vaccinated. 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. Like the day two test, you’ll need to book and pay for a test kit to complete at home or in person at a private supplier’s testing site.

    Where can I find it? Information about test suppliers can be found on the government website. If you need help finding a testing supplier, we’ve created a list below.

    Did you know? This test is only required if you’re travelling back from an Amber List destination, you’re aged 18 and over and you haven’t been fully vaccinated.

    When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance. For more information please visit:

    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).

     £160.00  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.

    Testing FAQs

    When should I arrange my test?

    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.

    What does the test include?

    Once you’ve followed the link to the supplier's website, you’ll find details about what’s included in your test.

    Which countries require a negative test result before arrival?

    For all the latest requirements both overseas and returning to the UK, please visit our travel requirements page and select the destination you’re travelling to for all the latest information. 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.

    Do I need to arrange a test for each person I’m travelling with?

    If the country you’re visiting requires a negative test result to travel, every passenger on your booking will need to arrange a test. However, there may be exemptions, such as some countries only requiring a negative test result for adults and children age 12 and over, for example. Please check the travel requirements page page for more information.

    What if I get a positive test result and can’t travel?

    If you get a positive test result, you won’t be able to travel as you’ll need to self-isolate in line with the latest government guidance. However, you’ll be able to amend your booking admin fee-free to a later date by getting in touch with our Customer Service team.

    Please note, you don’t have to buy a test from any of our third party testing providers – COVID-19 tests are available from other providers.

    Can I arrange my return to UK test locally while I'm on holiday?

    Yes, you can. The most common type of return to UK test is the rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow. And it’s widely available in most of our holiday resorts for a local charge. Some hotels even offer an on-site service too. It’s a good idea to ask at your hotel reception first, as they’ll have all the local knowledge you need. But if you still need some help, please ask your in-resort Customer Helper who’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

    Do I need to take a return to UK test if I’ve been fully vaccinated?

    Yes, this test is still required even if you’re fully vaccinated. The only exception is for children aged 10 and under who don’t need to take this test.

    What do I do with my proof of a negative return to UK test?

    You don't need to upload evidence of this test, but you do need to keep the proof of your negative result handy for when you fly home. Make sure you have either a printout or a digital copy to hand, as you'll be asked to show it to us at the airport before your flight home.

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