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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: As of October 24th lateral flow tests will be introduced in place of PCRs for fully-jabbed passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red travel list. These will be bookable via GOV.uk from October 22nd.

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

As of October 4th the rules for returning to the UK will be changing - 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:


⚠️ Day 2 PCR test required (this will be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow test later in October)

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.

MedicSpot

Price: £99

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Test at home
  • ✔ Return via Royal mail priority postboxes
  • ✔ Results in 24 hours via email & App
Collinsons

Price: £82.50

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

Price: £59.99 home test | £100 clinic test

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Test at home or at a clinic
Halo Verify

Price: £89

  • ✔ 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
Qured

Price: £75

  • ✔ Government approved
  • ✔ Test at home
  • ✔ Return via Royal mail priority postboxes
  • ✔ Results in 24 - 48 hours via email & App
Enter 'HOLIDAYEXTRAS-5' at checkout to receive 5% discount

⚠️ Pre-departure test required (lateral flow or antigen)

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required (PCR - changing to lateral flow later in October)

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