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Our guide to Covid testing for travel

We take the hassle out of finding a Covid test supplier for your holiday. We've found the best suppliers and we give you an honest run down on the prices you can expect and the benefits of different options.

Testing FAQs

UPDATE: From 4am on 7th January anyone who is vaccinated (or under 18) returning to UK no longer needs to provide a negative pre-departure test. On return you simply need to do a lateral flow test (this should NOT be a NHS test) and there is no need to self-isolate - if the test is positive you should then get a free PCR test and follow relevant guidance.
UPDATE: Jan 5 While France is still banning UK visitors, other European countries have now reopened for UK visitors. Some restrictions are in place, most notably in the Netherlands, but also in Switzerland and Austria where unvaccinated people have a very limited range of activities. Travel rules are changing at short notice. Please check the rules for the country you plan to visit.

What tests do you need?

The testing requirements for travel now depend on your vaccine status - you can see the rules for both by using the switch below.

Are you fully vaccinated?


Outbound Testing

Most destinations now require EITHER proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test usually within 72 hours prior to arrival. This varies by destination so always check before you are due to fly - we've provided the information for some of our top destinations.

Halo Verify

Price: £89

Type: RT-PCR

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Saliva test so less invasive
  • ✔ Test in the comfort of your own home
  • ✔ Door to door delivery service
  • ✔ No need for medical intervention
  • ✔ Results in 24 hours via email & App
MedicSpot

Price: £89 at home | £119 in clinic

Type: PCR, Lateral flow, Antigen

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Choose to test at home or in one of 100+ test hubs
  • ✔ Door to door delivery service
  • ✔ No need for medical intervention
  • ✔ Results in 24 hours via email & App
Qured

Price: £75

Type: PCR, Lateral flow, Antigen

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Test in the comfort of your own home
  • ✔ No need for medical intervention
  • ✔ Results in 24 hours via email & App
Enter 'HOLIDAYEXTRAS-5' at checkout to receive 5% discount
Collinsons

Price: £82.50

Type: PCR, Lateral flow Antigen, LAMP, Antibody

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Airport testing locations
  • ✔ Tests completed by medical professionals
  • ✔ Results in 48 hours
Boots

Price: £85

Type: PCR

  • ✔ High Street locations
  • ✔ Tests completed by medical professionals
  • ✔ Results advised by email in 48 hours
CityDoc

Price: £100

Type: PCR

  • ✔ Border entry results
  • ✔ ISO & CQC accredited
  • ✔ Results advised by email
  • ✔ Tests completed by medical professionals
  • ✔ In-clinic test

Inbound Testing

If you are returning from a Red List country you are still required to book a hotel quarantine via the government website. For all other countries the rules are below:


⚠️ Lateral flow test

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.

Qured

Price: £22

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Rapid results
  • ✔ Free nationwide delivery.

Enter 'HOLIDAYEXTRAS5' at checkout for 5% discount

MedicSpot

Price: £29

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Test at home
  • ✔ Same day results guaranteed
Collinsons

Price: £28.75

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Test at home
  • ✔ Results in two hours within business hours

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test to release (optional)

Children 10+ are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

MedicSpot

Prices from £45

  • ✔ Pre-departure
  • ✔ Day 2 & 8
  • ✔ Test to release
Collinsons

Prices from £42

  • ✔ Pre-departure
  • ✔ Day 2 & 8
  • ✔ Test to release
CityDoc

Prices from £114.99

  • ✔ Day 2 & 8
  • ✔ Test to release
Halo Verify

Prices from £159

  • ✔ Day 2 & 8
  • ✔ Test to release
  • ✔ Day 2 & 8 + Test to release package
Qured

Prices from £39

  • ✔ Pre-departure
  • ✔ Day 2 & 8
  • ✔ Test to release
Enter 'HOLIDAYEXTRAS-5' at checkout to receive 5% discount

Covid testing for travel FAQs