Compare the cheapest COVID tests for travel

Compare the UK's most popular private COVID-19 test providers and get the lowest prices for all the tests you need to travel from the UK, under the 18 March rules.

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Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Price (from) Key benefits
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Project Screen Lateral Flow Home Fit to Fly Test Click & Collect
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£14
Exclusive low price with code FINDER5
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4Medical Fit to fly Lateral Flow In-Clinic Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Clinic
£17.50
VERIFIED
Corona Test Centre Same-Day Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Clinic
£39
VERIFIED
ExpressTest Same Day PCR Fit to Fly
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Airport, Clinic
£79
Skyway Testing Fit-to-Fly Lateral Flow Antigen Test
VERIFIED
Skyway Testing Fit-to-Fly Lateral Flow Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£17.50
Get £2.50 off antigen tests. Use code CTFLFD at checkout.
VERIFIED
Kurix Health Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly & General Testing Home Test Kit
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£18.50
VERIFIED
Official Rapid Tests COVID-19 Test For USA (Video Supervised)
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£24.99
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Boots At-Home Fit to Fly PCR Test by MyHealthChecked
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Home
£62
Get £6 off PCR tests. Use code C6OFF at checkout.
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4Medical Fit To Travel In-Clinic Appointment
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Clinic
£65
VERIFIED
Chronomics COVID-19 pre-departure rapid antigen test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£15
VERIFIED
Project Screen Lateral Flow Home Fit to Fly Test – results in 20 mins
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£17
Exclusive low price with code FINDER5
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Accendo Lab Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Travel Test Go Express
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
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Harley Medic International Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
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Official Rapid Tests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
VERIFIED
MyHealthChecked Fit-to-Fly Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£20
Skyway Testing Video Supervised Lateral Flow Fit-to-Fly Test
VERIFIED
Skyway Testing Video Supervised Lateral Flow Fit-to-Fly Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£24.99
Get £4.99 off supervised lateral flow tests. Use code CTFSUP at checkout.
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I’m going abroad from the UK. What do I need to do?

Planning a trip abroad recently hasn’t been plain sailing. Each country has its own requirements for arrivals – many countries and territories will require proof of a negative COVID test before you travel. Some may also require you to show proof of vaccination.

Similarly, there have requirements for anybody entering the UK, depending on where you’re arriving from. But from 4am on 18 March, no-one entering the UK will need to take tests or even complete a passenger locator form. However, this could esily change quickly as the situation evolves – especially if new variants emerge.

So before you head abroad, check what tests are required by the country you’re travelling to. You can look up the country or territory on the gov.uk site to confirm both the entry and return requirements. Rules and lists change often, so it’s wise to check on the relevant government site before you book anything. Then you can use our test comparison tables to find a great deal on the tests you need.

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

What are the March 2022 changes?

In March the rules for any arrivals into the UK were relaxed.

Prior to this, as of 15 December, the last remaining countries on the “red” list, which had stricter rules, were removed from it. Transport secretary Grant Shapps sought to clarify that countries may be added back onto the red list if their numbers of cases rise.

Entering the UK

As of 18 March, you won’t need to take a COVID test when entering the UK (although you still can if you want to – say if you’re concerned about vulnerable individuals that you might be visiting). There are no countries on the “red” list, although the government has reserved the option of reinstating it.

Red list

The UK advises against all travel to countries on the red list, but no countries are on that list at the moment, so it’s largely theoretical!

If you want to travel to a red-listed country, you’ll need to check what restrictions that specific country has in place. For your return, regardless of whether you’re vaccinated, you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport (excludes children aged 10 and under).
  2. Book a quarantine hotel package (includes day 2 and day 8 PCR tests) and quarantine at that hotel for 10 days when you arrive.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form with 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.

Rest of the world (green)

If you plan to travel to a country on the “rest of world” list, you’ll need to check what restrictions that specific country has in place.

When you enter the UK from a green list country no tests or passenger locator forms are required, regardless of your vaccination status.

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

Frustratingly, no. The gov.uk site clearly states that free NHS tests cannot be used for this purpose. The NHS only provides free PCR 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 have to pay for a COVID test.

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Other frequently asked questions

Outbound tourism statistics

We have carried out research and collected a range of statistics about the holiday habits of UK residents and how many of us plan to travel abroad whilst the COVID pandemic continues to affect the world:

  • 9% of Brits plan to travel abroad in the 3 month period of September 2021 to November 2021
  • The average UK resident spent 9.7 days abroad in 2019
  • £62 billion was spent by tourists from the UK in 2019
  • Spain is the most popular foreign country for UK tourists to visit, followed by France
  • The total spend by Brits abroad rose by 81% between 2009 and 2019 (from £34.5bn to £62.3bn)
  • Double-vaccinated Brits are paying an average of £182.50 on the COVID tests needed to travel abroad
  • Our research found you could get direct, return, flights to 192 cities around the world for less than this cost
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