Corona Test Centre

Corona Test Centre review: COVID testing for travel

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Organising a holiday these days can be a bit of a headache. Amid rule changes (keep an eye on the next ones coming into effect on 4 October) and new country-specific guidelines being announced on a regular basis, the fear of being turned away at the departure gates is always in the back of your mind. Once you know for certain what you need, the next challenge is finding a trusted COVID test provider to get your proof of health for travel. Luckily, there's a government list of providers to choose from.
Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Price (from) Key benefits
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Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£36
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Corona Test Centre Test to Return Antigen Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£36
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Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly PCR Test
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Home
£103.20
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Corona Test Centre Green List Pack (PCR fit to fly, antigen test to return, PCR day 2)
Green country bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£199.20
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Corona Test Centre Unvaccinated Pack (PCR fit to fly, antigen test to return, PCR day 2 & 8)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£279.20
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Corona Test Centre Unvaccinated Arrival Pack (antigen fit to fly, PCR day 2 & 8)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£339
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Corona Test Centre Unvaccinated Pack Plus (PCR fit to fly, antigen test to return, PCR day 2, 5 & 8)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£399.20
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Corona Test Centre Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Clinic, Home
£79.20
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Corona Test Centre Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Day 2 and 8
PCR
Clinic, Home
£119.20
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Corona Test Centre Test to Release PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Clinic, Home
£135.20
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What is Corona Test Centre?

Corona Test Centre was set up to help improve COVID testing in the UK. Using the opportunities presented by vacant local business premises to set up testing centres, its workforce was originally comprised of doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants from private clinics that were forced to close during the pandemic. Corona Test Centre is on the government’s list of private COVID test providers.

What types of COVID tests can I get from Corona Test Centre?

It offers at-home Fit to Fly antigen and PCR tests, along with Day 2, Day 5 (Test to Release) and Day 8 tests.

Corona Test Centre also has in-clinic testing available in Woking, Bristol, Newcastle, Euston, Fulham, Victoria, Shoreditch, Watford and Manchester. In-clinic tests include PCR or antigen Fit to Fly tests, and Day 2 and Day 8 tests.

What is Corona Test Centre’s return policy?

If you cancel your appointment with more than 24 hours’ notice, you will be charged a £50 cancellation fee. Rearranging your appointment also comes with a £50 administration fee. All test packages are non-refundable. As an alternative, you may be able to get a credit or voucher with Corona Test Centre.

Corona Test Centre customer reviews

While its on-site reviews are all 5 stars, Corona Test Centre has an impressive score of 4.5 out of 5 (as of October 2021) on Trustpilot, based on almost 400 reviews. Positive comments reference its pleasant swabbing experience, quick turnaround times and speedy delivery. Negative reviews cited delayed test results, issues with dispatch times and dissatisfaction with its pricing.

Are Corona Test Centre tests accurate?

Its antibody test has a sensitivity of 100% and specificity of 97.8%. There is no information on the efficacy of its other tests. While no COVID test is 100% accurate, we can assume that since it is included on the government’s list of test providers, its tests are fit for purpose.

How long does it take to get results from Corona Test Centre?

Its Fit to Fly antigen tests produce results in 20 minutes. PCR tests have results within 24 hours of the lab receiving your sample. Same-day Fit to Fly and PCR in-clinic tests will have results by midnight and Day 2 test results will be with you 2 days after your test by 6pm. In-clinic antibody tests will have results by 10pm on the same day. Corona Test Centre claims that 99% of its test results are delivered on time.

How much do Corona Test Centre tests cost?

An at-home antigen test costs £36, while the PCR equivalent is £103.20. A Day 2 test at home or in a clinic costs £103.20. Corona Test Centre also offers bundle deals – see table above.

Pros and cons of Corona Test Centre

Pros
  • Government-listed COVID test provider
  • Bundle package deals available
  • Over 1,000 appointment slots available daily
  • Discount codes available
Cons
  • Cancellation fees apply

Our verdict: Is Corona Test Centre any good?

Corona Test Centre fares better on Trustpilot and other review sites compared to many other test providers. While some of its tests work out more expensive than competitors’, it’s doing a good job of providing all the services you might need, both at home and in clinics. The site is clean and easy to use, and the customer service is also better than many others we’ve tested.

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