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 to and from the UK, under the latest rules.

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VERIFIED
Dante Labs Day 2 COVID-19 Travel Testing Package
Day 2
PCR
Home
£39
Student discount available on Fit-to-fly, Day 2 tests and Day 2 & 8 bundles
VERIFIED
Kurix Health Day 2 COVID-19 Travel Testing Package
Day 2
PCR
Home
£39
VERIFIED
Project Screen Lateral Flow Home Fit to Fly Test – results in 20 mins
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£25
VERIFIED
Dante Lab Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly & General Testing Home Test Kit
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£20
VERIFIED
Official Rapid Tests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK, Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£29
VERIFIED
Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£45
VERIFIED
Harley Medic International Home Day 2
Day 2
PCR
Home
£55
VERIFIED
4Medical Day 2 Home Test Kit
Day 2
PCR
Home
£65
VERIFIED
Boots At-Home Fit to Fly PCR Test by MyHealthChecked
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Home
£65
VERIFIED
MyHealthChecked Day 2 COVID-19 Travel Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£68
VERIFIED
ExpressTest Day 2 PCR Test (home)
Day 2
PCR
Home
£69
VERIFIED
Zava Day 2 Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£69
Covid Smart Antigen Test for International Travel
VERIFIED
Covid Smart Antigen Test for International Travel
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Clinic, Home
£35
VERIFIED
Accendo Lab Covid-19 RT PCR Day 2 Amber Test Go Collect
Day 2
PCR
Clinic
£60
VERIFIED
Accendo Lab Covid-19 RT PCR Day 2 Green Test Go Collect
Day 2
PCR
Clinic
£60
Chronomics COVID-19 Day 2 PCR Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£64.99
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I’m going abroad from the UK. What do I need to do?

Planning a trip abroad this year isn’t plain sailing. There are different requirements depending on where you’re travelling to – each country has its own system. 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.

There are requirements for anybody entering the UK. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are aligned on the 4 October changes which scrap the “amber” list and mean that fully vaccinated people heading to the UK don’t need to take a test before arriving. In England, from 24 October they’ll be able to opt for a (cheaper) lateral flow test for their day 2 test, instead of a PCR. Scotland is expected to follow suit, but Wales and Northern Ireland haven’t announced whether they will or. not.

So before you head abroad, you must:

  1. Check what tests are required by the country you’re travelling to.
  2. Check what tests the UK will require when you return.

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.

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

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We're updating this page regularly, but still strongly advise that you confirm the latest travel requirements at gov.uk.
* Either as part of the UK vaccine roll-out, under an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, or with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Albania, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda,The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Vietnam.

What are the October 2021 changes?

Fully vaccinated people don’t have to take a test before they travel to the UK. From 24 October, vaccinated travellers arriving in England from countries not on the red list will be able to opt for cheaper lateral flow testing for their mandatory post-arrival test on or before the second day after arriving.

There are 2 lists:a red classification and a “non-red” or “rest of the world” list. The amber list has been scrapped.

As of 11 October, a further 47 countries are no longer on the red list.

Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into England from red or non-red countries. Updated for 4 October rule changes.

Entering the UK

The COVID test and quarantining rules you need to follow when you enter the UK will depend on where you’re travelling from, and when you’re travelling, given the rules will change again, at the end of October (in England).

You can check which list the country you’re visiting is on here, for England. The rules on testing and quarantining differ depending on whether a country’s on the red list or not.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all developed travel rules based on the same 2-tier system. Currently, the main differences between them are: that the quarantine Test to Release scheme is only in England, and there are different ages at which children need to be tested. We’ve set out the tests for different age groups in each section.

In all instances, you’ll need to have filled in a passenger locator form.

Red list

The UK advises against all travel to countries on the red list.

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.

You must quarantine at a specialist hotel for 10 days and take tests on day 2 and day 8 (these are included in a quarantine hotel package).

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.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or Europe, or are under age 18

As of 4 October, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, when you return to the UK you must:

  1. Book and pay for a day 2 PCR test (excludes children aged 4 and under in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; 10 and under in Scotland). You must take this test no later than the second day after your arrival day.
  2. Complete a passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before your arrival into the UK.

Because of the rule change on 4 October, you don’t need to take a pre-departure test before you return to the UK, and you don’t need to quarantine. Children are treated as if they’re fully vaccinated (in Wales, this applies to children aged 10 and below – age 11+ must take a pre-departure test).

If you’re not fully vaccinated

For your return to the UK, you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test in the 3 days before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport.
  2. Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. These are typically available from providers as a bundle. You’ll need to take these tests after you arrive.
  3. Optional: In England only, you have the option of taking another COVID test (a Test to Release test) 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 (in England) until your optional day 5 (Test to Release) test comes back negative.

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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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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