COVID-19 testing: Compare PCR & antigen (lateral flow) tests for travel to and from England

Compare the UK's most popular private COVID-19 test providers and get the lowest prices for all the tests you need to travel to and from England, under the 19 July rules.

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Chronomics COVID-19 Test to Release PCR Test
Chronomics COVID-19 Test to Release PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Home
£99
Boots Fit to Fly In-store PCR Test
Boots Fit to Fly In-store PCR Test
Fit to fly
PCR
Clinic
£85
Boots Day 2 PCR Test
Boots Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Clinic, Home
£99
Medicspot Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Medicspot Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Day 2 and 8
PCR
Home
£219
Randox Health Day 2 PCR Test
Randox Health Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Airport, Home
£48
Randox Health Test to Return PCR Test
Randox Health Test to Return PCR Test
Test to return
PCR
Home
£60
Medicspot Test to Return Antigen Test
Medicspot Test to Return Antigen Test
Test to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£45
Randox Health Day 8 PCR Test
Randox Health Day 8 PCR Test
Day 8
PCR
Airport, Home
£48
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Fit to fly
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£45
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Fit to fly,Test to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Clinic
£75
Medicspot Fit to Fly PCR Test
Medicspot Fit to Fly PCR Test
Fit to fly
PCR
Clinic
£99
Corona Test Centre Test to Release PCR Test
Corona Test Centre Test to Release PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Clinic, Home
£169
Medicspot Day 2 PCR Test
Medicspot Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£129
Corona Test Centre Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Corona Test Centre Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Day 2 and 8
PCR
Clinic, Home
£199
Boots Fit to Fly Home PCR Test
Boots Fit to Fly Home PCR Test
Fit to fly
PCR
Home
£65
Corona Test Centre Test to Return Antigen Test
Corona Test Centre Test to Return Antigen Test
Test to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£30
Randox Health Test to Release PCR Test
Randox Health Test to Release PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Airport, Home
£48
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Day 2 and 8
PCR
Home
£170
Medicspot Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Medicspot Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Fit to fly
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£45
Chronomics COVID-19 Test to Return Antigen Test
Chronomics COVID-19 Test to Return Antigen Test
Test to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£30
Randox Health COVID-19 Test – Pre-Departure
Randox Health COVID-19 Test – Pre-Departure
Fit to fly
PCR
Airport, Clinic, Home
£48
Randox Health Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Randox Health Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Day 2 and 8
PCR
Airport, Home
£96
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 8 PCR Test
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 8 PCR Test
Day 8
PCR
Home
£89
Medicspot Test to Release Home PCR Test
Medicspot Test to Release Home PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Home
£99
Chronomics COVID-19 Oronasal Swab PCR Test
Chronomics COVID-19 Oronasal Swab PCR Test
Fit to fly
PCR
Home
£89
Corona Test Centre Day 2 PCR Test
Corona Test Centre Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Clinic, Home
£129
Boots Test to Release PCR Test
Boots Test to Release PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Clinic
£85
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly PCR Test
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly PCR Test
Fit to fly
PCR
Home, Clinic
£129
Boots Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Boots Day 2 and 8 PCR Test
Day 2 and 8
PCR
Clinic, Home
£160
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 2 PCR Test
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£89
Medicspot Test to Release Clinic PCR Test
Medicspot Test to Release Clinic PCR Test
Day 5
PCR
Clinic
£129
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What COVID-19 tests do I need to go on holiday from the UK?

Planning a trip abroad this year isn’t plain sailing. The ongoing pandemic means there are different requirements depending on where you are travelling to. Most countries and territories will, at the very least, require proof of a negative COVID test before you travel. Some may also require you to show proof of vaccination.

The UK government has introduced a traffic light system for arrivals back into England. The rules on testing and quarantining differ depending on whether you’ve been in a red, amber or green listed country. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also developed travel rules based on a traffic light system. The rules below are for England.

Red

The UK advises against all travel to red listed countries.

If you wish to travel to a red listed country, you’ll need to check what restrictions that country has in place. For a return to England, you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure (fit to fly) COVID-19 test before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport
  2. Book a quarantine hotel package (includes day 2 and day 8 tests) and quarantine at that hotel for 10 days upon arrival
  3. Complete a passenger locator form

Amber

As of 19 July, there are different rules for amber countries, depending on whether or not you have been fully vaccinated. Under-18s should follow the rules for fully vaccinated people; they don’t have to quarantine unless they go to France.

If you have been fully vaccinated, for your return to England, you must:
  1. Take a pre-departure (fit to fly) COVID-19 test before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 test
  3. Complete a passenger locator form

You do not need to quarantine.

France: Amber+
The exception to the rule above is France – you will need to quarantine for 10 days even if you have been fully vaccinated. This is because of concern about France’s levels of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa. For more information on this, see our travel advice section.

If you are not fully vaccinated:
  1. Take a pre-departure (fit to fly) COVID-19 test before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport
  2. Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 tests (available from providers as a package)
  3. Optional: You have the option to have another COVID test (test to release) on day 5 of your quarantine, and if this is negative you can end your quarantine. You still need to take the day 8 test on day 8 though.
  4. Complete a passenger locator form

You must quarantine for 10 days or until your optional day 5 (test to release) test comes back negative.

Green

Regardless of vaccination status, if you’re travelling to and from a green listed country then you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure (fit to fly) COVID-19 test before you travel to England and bring the negative result to the airport
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 test
  3. Complete a passenger locator form

You do not need to quarantine.

What COVID test do I need to enter the UK?

The COVID test and quarantining rules you need to follow when you enter the UK will depend on where you are travelling from and where you have been in the 10 days before your arrival. Testing requirements may vary if you’re landing in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. But, in all instances, you’ll need to have proof of a negative PCR test from an accredited test provider and have filled in a passenger locator form. For the latest guidance, see the Entering the UK page on the UK government website.

Can I get a COVID test for travel from the NHS?

No, the NHS only provides free tests to people with COVID symptoms or those who are advised to get a test by a medical practitioner or public agency. If you intend to travel, you must pay for a private COVID test.

UK government advice: Travelling to and from the UK

It’s crucial to check the entry requirements for any country you’re visiting: the government travel advice page has a directory. And for coming to the UK, the Entering the UK section lists everything.

We’ve listed quick links to the advice pages for travelling to the UK’s top 10 travel destinations here:

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