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Wherever you choose to travel to these days, at least some negative COVID-19 tests are required for most people. So first up, you need to check our travel requirements page for all the latest requirements both overseas and returning to the UK. Once you know exactly what tests you need going out and coming back, we’re here to help below with everything you need to know about the types of tests and how to get them.

Discover COVID-19 testing information

How to work out what tests you need

  1. Read the travel requirements page for your holiday destination to see what type of tests you need for going out and coming back.
  2. See below to find out more detail on types of tests and how to get them.
  3. Pre-book what you need to, then look forward to a smooth trip.

Watch our video for more information about the types of COVID-19 tests and how to get them.

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.

Going out

Pre-travel test

What is it?

A nose and/or throat swab. There are different types, including PCR, LAMP and rapid antigen test (RAT), 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. And the UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests, as they don’t provide the appropriate evidence.


Who needs it?

Some destinations require a negative COVID-19 test result to enter, but there are often exemptions for fully vaccinated people and young children. You can check the exact requirements of your destination here.


To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in your destination.


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 handy list below.


How much does it cost?

Prices start from £18.80.

Coming back

Return to UK test

What is it?

This is a COVID-19 test that needs to be taken while on holiday so that you can provide a negative result before boarding your flight to the UK if you’re aged 18 or over and not fully vaccinated. It can be a PCR, LAMP or rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow. But again, 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. 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?

You only need to take this test if you’re aged 18 or over and not fully vaccinated. If you’re a UK resident travelling from a Common Travel Area like Jersey, this doesn’t apply, so you won’t need to book and take a return to UK test.

To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.

Where can I find it?

It’s a great idea to plan ahead and order this test in advance. You can have the test sent to you at home before you go, pack it in your suitcase and complete the test towards the end of your holiday – via a video call or app. If you need help finding a testing supplier, we’ve created a list below. This type of test is available for you to book and pay for in most of our resorts too, including on-site at some of our hotels – simply ask at your reception.

Did you know?

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:

How much does it cost?

Prices start from £18.80.

Day two test

What is it?

If you’re fully vaccinated* or aged 5 to 17 years and arriving into England, this is a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow, that needs to be taken on or before day two of your arrival. Please note, from 31 October 2021 at 4am, this’ll also apply if you’re travelling into Scotland and Wales.


If you’re not fully vaccinated or arriving elsewhere in the UK, this is a COVID-19 PCR test that needs to be taken on or before day two of your arrival. But it can’t be one of the free NHS tests.


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 (unless you’re already self-isolating due to other requirements – see further information under “Day eight test”). 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. 


*To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.


Who needs it?

Anyone travelling to the UK, even if you’re fully vaccinated, except children aged four and under (ten or under if returning to Scotland). However, if you’re a UK resident travelling from a Common Travel Area like Jersey, this 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 have to wait until your second day back home to take your day two test – you can take it 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:

How much does it cost?

Prices start from £18.80.

Day eight test

What is it?

This is a COVID-19 PCR test that needs to be taken on or after day eight of your arrival into the UK for those who aren’t fully vaccinated (see “Who needs it” for more information). 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?

This applies to anyone who’s aged 18 or over and hasn’t been fully vaccinated that’s travelling to the UK from any destination. In these cases, you’ll also have to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.

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.

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 testing supplier

When it comes to testing, we know everyone has different preferences. You may be happy to do your tests at home or you might prefer a supervised medical location. The choice is yours, so you can do what’s best for you. To get you started, we’ve created a list of testing suppliers below. As requirements can change, we’d recommend that you don’t start arranging any tests until around seven days before your departure.

The following links will take you to third-party websites. 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.

Hotel testing

To make your holiday easier, some of our hotel partners are offering Return to UK tests, so you can simply arrange yours there. And some of them are even free of charge. Find out more.

Pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test from £43.00

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

Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details Method
£43 (At-home)
£50 (In-person)
Test21 applies to
all tests
covidcustomersupport@randox.com At-home test to return via courier or at a drop-off point.
Or pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.
£45.50   n/a 0151 805 0386 At-home test to return via courier.
£55.20 HOLIDAY21 consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com Pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.
£65 (At-home)
£79 (In-person)
n/a n/a Pre-booked in-person testing at selected stores.
£75.00  holiday8  n/a  At-home test to return via courier.
 £99.00  n/a  n/a Pre-booked in-person testing at selected stores.

Pre-travel COVID-19 rapid antigen test (also known as RAT or lateral flow) from £17.09

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


Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£17.09 holiday8 n/a Test sent before you go.
Result to be uploaded to a website before you travel.
 £19.50 n/a  0151 805 0386 Test is sent to you before you go.
Result uploaded to app via your smartphone before you travel.  
£19.99 n/a covidswabbing@livingcare.co.uk Test sent before you go.
Result uploaded to a website before you travel.
£21.25 (Unsupervised)
£31 (Fully supervised)
n/a customerservicesj2@breatheassured.com Tests sent before you go. Result uploaded to a website or taken over pre-booked supervised online appointment while you are away.
£32.00 HOLIDAY21 consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com Pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.
£34.00 n/a covidcustomersupport@randox.com Pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.

Pre-travel COVID-19 quick turnaround tests from £50.00

These are 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 Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£50 (In-person. Results in 24 hours)
£60 (In-person. Results in 12 hours)
£85 (In-person. Results in 1-3 hours)
Test21 applies to all tests covidcustomersupport@randox.com Pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.

Return to UK test from £17.09

It’s a good idea to order this test in advance. But if you’d rather organise your test in resort, simply ask at your hotel reception – they’ll have all the local knowledge you’ll need and will be able to point you in the right direction.


Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£17.09 holiday8 n/a Test sent before you go.
Result uploaded to a website while you're away.
£19.50 n/a 0151 805 0386 Test sent before you go.
Result uploaded to app via your smartphone while you're away.
£19.99 n/a covidswabbing@livingcare.co.uk Test sent before you go.
Result uploaded to a website while you're away.
 £21.25 (Unsupervised) £31.00 (Fully supervised) n/a customerservicesj2@breatheassured.com Tests sent before you go. Result uploaded to a website or taken over pre-booked supervised online appointment while you are away.
£32.00
£23.00 (Unsupervised)
TEST 21
HOLIDAY21
consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com Test sent before you go and to be taken over a pre-booked video appointment while you’re away.

Day two rapid antigen test (also known as RAT or lateral flow) from £17.09

Check information about test suppliers on the government website.

Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£17.09 holiday8 n/a At home test. Result
uploaded to a website.
£18.70 n/a customerservicesj2@breatheassured.com At home test. Result uploaded to a website.
£19.50 n/a 0151 805 0386 At home test. Result uploaded to app via your smartphone.
£19.99 n/a covidswabbing@livingcare.co.uk At home test. Result uploaded to a website.
£21.00 n/a n/a At home test. Result uploaded to a website, available 24 hours after photo validation of test.
£21.50 Test21 covidcustomersupport@randox.com At home test. Result uploaded to a website.
£23.00 HOLIDAY21 consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com At home test. Result uploaded to a website.

Day two PCR test from £43.00

Check information about test suppliers on the government website.

Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£43.00 (At-home)
£50 (In-person)
Test21 applies to all tests covidcustomersupport@randox.com At-home test to return via courier or at a drop-off point.
Or pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.
£45.50   n/a 0151 805 0386 At-home test to return via courier.
£51.99 holiday8 n/a At-home test to return via courier.
£55.20 HOLIDAY21 consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com Pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.
 £65.00  n/a  n/a At-home test to return via courier (Mon-Fri only, excluding bank holidays).
 £68.00  n/a n/a  At-home test to return via post.

Day two and day eight PCR test package from £86.00

Check information about test suppliers on the government website.

Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£86.00 (At-home)
£100.00 (In-person)
Test21 covidcustomersupport@randox.com At-home test to return via courier or at a drop-off point.
Or pre-booked in-person testing at selected airports.
 £86.00  n/a 0151 805 0386 At-home test to return via courier.
£132.00 HOLIDAY21 consumerhelp@collinsongroup.com Pre-booked in-person testing before you leave selected airports.
Second test taken at testing centre.
 £136.00  n/a n/a  At-home test to return via post.

Return to UK and day two test from £70.00

Check information about test suppliers on the government website.

Supplier Price Discount code Trustpilot rating Contact details  Method
£70.00 n/a 0151 805 0386 Test sent before you go.
Result uploaded to app via your smartphone while you're away.
At-home test to return via courier.
£79.00 customerservicesj2@breatheassured.com Test sent before you go and to be taken over a pre-booked video appointment while you’re away.
At-home test to return via courier.
£79.00 (Green bundle) holiday8 n/a Test sent before you go and to be taken over a pre-booked video appointment while you’re away.
At-home test to return via courier.

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?

Children aged 10 and under are exempt, so don’t need to take this test. If you’re travelling to the UK and fully vaccinated, you’ll no longer be required to take a return to UK test. However, if you’re aged 18 and over and not fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 test at some point in the three days before flying to the UK and provide a negative result before boarding.

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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