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As travel opens up, companies are sending employees overseas once again. But COVID-19 tests should be arranged before they travel.

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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
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Kurix Health Day 2 COVID-19 Travel Testing Package
Day 2
PCR
Home
£39
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Project Screen Lateral Flow Home Fit to Fly Test – results in 20 mins
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£25
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Dante Lab Lateral Flow Fit to Fly & General Testing Kit
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£20
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Official Rapid Tests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK, Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£29
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Corona Test Centre Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£45
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Harley Medic International Home Day 2
Day 2
PCR
Home
£55
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4Medical Day 2 Home Test Kit
Day 2
PCR
Home
£65
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Boots At-Home Fit to Fly PCR Test by MyHealthChecked
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Home
£65
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MyHealthChecked Day 2 COVID-19 Travel Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£68
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ExpressTest Day 2 PCR Test (home)
Day 2
PCR
Home
£69
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Zava Day 2 Test
Day 2
PCR
Home
£69
Covid Smart Antigen Test for International Travel
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Covid Smart Antigen Test for International Travel
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Clinic, Home
£35
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Accendo Lab Covid-19 RT PCR Day 2 Amber Test Go Collect
Day 2
PCR
Clinic
£60
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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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Planning a business trip? Here’s what you need to do

While it’s fantastic that business travel is on the cards once more, it’s more fiddly than it used to be, thanks to COVID-19 testing requirements for anyone entering the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are broadly aligned on these, but we cover the key differences in this guide). And the country you’re travelling to will have its own requirements, too. Most countries and territories need to see proof of a negative COVID test before you travel. Some may also require proof of vaccination. So before you or a member of your team head abroad, you must:

  1. Check what tests are required by the country being visited
  2. Check what tests the UK will require for the return

You can look up the country or territory on the gov.uk site to confirm both the entry and return requirements.

We’ve listed quick links to the advice pages for travelling to some popular business 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.

Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into England from Red, Amber and Green countries. Updated for 8 August rule changes.

Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

Some people are exempt from some or all of the UK’s COVID travel and entry requirements because of the jobs they do. For example, if you work as an aircraft pilot or crew member you don’t need to take a COVID test before you travel to the UK, but you do need to complete a passenger locator form if you travel in any part of the aircraft accessible to passengers. If you work in border security you don’t need to take a COVID test or complete a passenger locator form.

The rules vary depending on what job you do and what industry you work in. To check if your role qualifies you for any COVID travel exemptions, see the UK government website.

How to buy COVID travel tests for your business

If you’re buying COVID travel tests for a group of employees in your company, it’s worth asking the supplier for a bulk discount: some suppliers advertise a “family pack discount” so may be more open to negotiating. In all cases, it’s worth checking for discount codes for COVID travel tests before you buy.

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 where you’ve been in the 10 days before you arrive.

There’s a traffic light system for arrivals back into the UK. For example, if you’re returning to England you can check what colour the country you’re visiting has been assigned here. The rules on testing and quarantining differ depending on whether you’ve been in a country on the green, amber or red list. In all cases, you’ll need to take a pre-departure test in the 72 hours before your departure to the UK and show proof of a negative result (you could be fined £500 without this).

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all developed travel rules based on a traffic light system. Currently, the main differences between them are: that the quarantine Test to Release scheme is only in England; Wales has a specific provider, CTM, for certain tests; and Scotland and Northern Ireland give you the option to order tests from CTM or from one of the companies on the government’s list of private COVID test providers. We’ve set out the tests for different age groups in another section of this guide.

In all instances, you’ll need proof of a negative test from an accredited test provider and you need to have filled in a passenger locator form.

Green list

If you plan to travel to a country on the green list, you’ll need to check what restrictions that specific country has in place. Regardless of your vaccination status, when you’re returning to the UK from a green listed country you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before you travel and bring the negative result to the airport.
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 PCR test.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form with 48 hours before your arrival into the UK.

You don’t need to quarantine.

Amber list

If you plan to travel to a country on the amber list, you’ll need to check what restrictions that specific country has in place. As of 19 July, there are different rules for returning from amber countries depending on whether or not you’ve been fully vaccinated. Under-18s should follow the rules for fully vaccinated people.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or Europe

For your return to the UK, 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) along with proof of vaccination.
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 PCR test (excludes children aged 4 and under, or 10 and under in Scotland).
  3. Complete a passenger locator form during the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.

You don’t need to quarantine. France was initially an exception to this rule – with those arriving from France required to quarantine for 10 days regardless of vaccination status (making it “Amber Plus”). However, this was relaxed for those arriving after 4am on 8 August.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

For your return to the UK, you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test 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.
  3. Optional: In England only, you have the option of taking 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 (in England) until your optional day 5 (Test to Release) test comes back negative.

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, you must:

  1. Take a pre-departure 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 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.

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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