Home COVID tests for travel

Get the lowdown on home PCR and lateral flow tests to help make your holiday planning a little easier.

Use our comparison to keep your costs down when you're buying self-swab, home PCR test kits for travel. Our guide section explains what you can use home PCR tests for and how to choose one.

Use the filters to find the right test for you. Commissions affect the default sort order
Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Price (from) Key benefits
VERIFIED
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
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
VERIFIED
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.
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
VERIFIED
Accendo Lab Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Travel Test Go Express
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
VERIFIED
Harley Medic International Fit to Fly Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
VERIFIED
Official Rapid Tests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
loading

Compare up to 4 providers

What is a home PCR/antigen test for travel?

Self-swab home COVID tests can be used for “fit to fly” certificates when you’re leaving the UK. Depending on the latest rules of the government of your destination country, you may need a PCR test or a lateral flow might be sufficient.

PCR stands for “polymerase chain reaction”, which is a way of amplifying a small DNA sample in a lab so that it’s large enough for scientists to study – in this case, for the presence of the virus. Whichever type of test you go for, you can take the initial sample in the comfort of your own home. A lateral flow test will give you results within minutes (which can then typically verified in an app, allowing you to receive your certificate) while a PCR requires lab analysis of the sample.

With a home COVID test for travel, you’ll do the swab yourself at home rather than having a professional do it at a clinic. A PCR swab is similar to a swab you do for a lateral flow (antigen) test. Follow the instructions that come with the test carefully. Home PCR tests typically include a prepaid return envelope so you get get your sample quickly off to the lab, while lateral flow (antigen) tests normally require you to upload a photo of the negative indicator on the test cassette. Either way, once your test result has been confirmed, you’ll be emailed a certificate.

If you’re using a “fit to fly” when leaving the UK, it’s worth checking with your specific airline whether it will accept an at-home test to allow you on board. Also check the test requirements for entering the country you’re travelling to.

How soon will I get my home PCR kit?

Typically, delivery will be within 2-3 working days, but that can vary due to increased demand and the postal service. Check the expected delivery dates before you buy since many people have encountered delays which have meant shelling out for a last-minute clinic test.

To give yourself the best chance of hitting the right deadlines for your trip, order the PCR home kit well in advance so you’ll have it ready for when you need it.

How soon will I get my results?

Again, it depends on the test provider. Most labs give an expected turnaround of 24-72 hours on PCR tests. Some providers have tracking built in, so you can follow the progress of your test and plan accordingly.

How do I find the best home PCR test kit?

There are lots of private companies making these tests, so here are some tips to consider when you’re choosing:

  1. Start planning early – last-minute panic buyers rarely get the best deal
  2. Make sure the test provider is meeting the requirements of your travel airline and destination country
  3. Check their customer reviews on sites like Trustpilot and on social media, and read our reviews
  4. Chat to customer service staff if you’re unsure about anything – some companies have an option to chat on the site

Popular Reads

COVID: How to get a lateral flow test from 1 April

COVID: How to get a lateral flow test from 1 April

Free COVID tests will come to an end from 1 April in England.

Read more…
UK scraps COVID testing for travel for fully vaccinated passengers

UK scraps COVID testing for travel for fully vaccinated passengers

UK to scrap COVID travel tests for the fully jabbed.

Read more…
England and Scotland scrap COVID travel tests for fully jabbed in time for half-term

England and Scotland scrap COVID travel tests for fully jabbed in time for half-term

England and Wales to scrap COVID travel tests for the fully jabbed.

Read more…
UK to drop pre-departure tests for the fully vaxxed

UK to drop pre-departure tests for the fully vaxxed

UK to scrap pre-departure tests and PCR tests.

Read more…
UK empties red list but COVID tests still in place

UK empties red list but COVID tests still in place

UK removes 11 countries from the travel red list.

Read more…
UK arrivals need negative pre-departure COVID test before entering UK

UK arrivals need negative pre-departure COVID test before entering UK

Spread of the Omicron variant sees government reintroduce “test to return” rules from today, 7 December

Read more…
UK arrivals must take day 2 PCR test as government tightens rules

UK arrivals must take day 2 PCR test as government tightens rules

The government has tightened its rules for travel commencing on 30 November with a mandatory PCR test for anyone returning to the UK

Read more…
Find the cheapest day 2 tests for travel to the UK

Find the cheapest day 2 tests for travel to the UK

Compare day 2 COVID-19 tests from private testing companies and get the cheapest day 2 PCR tests for travel.

Read more…
UK removes final 7 countries from travel red list

UK removes final 7 countries from travel red list

The UK has removed the final 7 countries on its travel red list today, lifting hotel quarantine for travellers from Peru, Columbia & more.

Read more…
COVID-19 travel tests: Government confirms lateral flow can be used from 24 October for arrivals

COVID-19 travel tests: Government confirms lateral flow can be used from 24 October for arrivals

Vaccinated travellers will be able to use cheaper lateral flow tests for day 2 checks from 24 October in England, the government announced.

Read more…

More guides on Finder

    Ask an Expert

    You are about to post a question on finder.com:

    • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
    • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
    • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
    • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

    Finder.com provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

    By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

    Questions and responses on finder.com are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
    Go to site