What type of tests can I use to travel?

29 July 2021

Outbound travel: If a destination requires you to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, you should use a private test provider – a list of the UK Government approved test providers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing. 

Inbound travel: In line with the latest Government announcements on the traffic lights system for travel, before travelling back to England you must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england 

Your test result can be provided as: 

To help with testing requirements on return to the UK, many popular holiday resorts now have pop-up sites in place, while an increasing number of European hotels are also converting rooms for testing.  

It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure the test meets the minimum standards for return travel to England. A reminder of the list of Government approved providers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing 

What’s more, your Travel Counsellor can point you towards Government approved providers who are currently offering discounted rates on various testing options, including those that can be arranged pre-departure and verified virtually whilst overseas and in a clinical environment. 

For the tests you need to take once you arrive home, there’s further guidance on this on the FDCO website. 

All children under 11 are exempt from pre-departure testing for arrival into the UK. However, all children over the age of five are required to take a PCR test when back home in the UK. For arrivals from green countries this must be done on or before day two, at home. 


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