COVID-19 testing for travel to “red” countries from the UK

Heading off to a country included in the UK's "red list"? Here's what you'll need to do before you leave.

The UK government has been operating a colour-coded traffic light system for travel abroad. If you want to travel and return to the UK, you’ll need to abide by testing rules depending on which colour your destination country has been assigned.

The UK government advises against all travel to red listed countries.

What COVID-19 tests do I need to travel from a red country?

Regardless of your vaccination status, travel from a red listed country requires:

  1. A pre-departure test for your return to the UK
  2. Day 2 and day 8 tests (included in quarantine hotel booking)

The country you’re visiting is also likely to have a test requirement for entry.

Travellers coming from red countries must also complete a hotel quarantine and are not eligible for England’s day 5 Test to Release programme.

Compare COVID-19 tests for travel to red list countries

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Please check the government website for the country you are visiting to see its entry requirements.
Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Price (from) Key benefits
EXCLUSIVE
LetsGetChecked COVID-19 pre-flight test
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR/TMA
Home
£69.30
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VERIFIED
Flysurance Fit to Fly Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK, Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£16
VERIFIED
Project Screen Lateral Flow Home Fit to Fly Test – results in 20 mins
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£18
Exclusive low price with code FINDER5
VERIFIED
Official Rapid Tests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure from the UK, Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
VERIFIED
Boots At-Home Fit to Fly PCR Test by MyHealthChecked
Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Home
£56
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VERIFIED
Halo Single Pack Saliva-Based RT-PCR Test Kit
Day 2, Day 5, Day 8, Pre-departure from the UK
PCR
Home
£89
VERIFIED
Chronomics COVID-19 pre-departure rapid antigen test
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£15.99
VERIFIED
Project Screen Lateral Flow Home Fit to Fly Test Click & Collect
Pre-departure from the UK
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£16.15
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, Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£19.99
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Please note you will also need to book a hotel quarantine which includes Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests.
Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Price (from) Key benefits
VERIFIED
Project Screen Remote Lateral Flow Test to Return to England
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£18
Exclusive low price with code FINDER5
VERIFIED
Chronomics COVID-19 Test to Return Antigen Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£18.99
VERIFIED
MyHealthChecked Inbound Pre-Departure Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£20
VERIFIED
ExpressTest Pre-return to the UK Antigen Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£25
VERIFIED
Corona Test Centre Test to Return Antigen Home Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£29
C19 Testing Rapid Antigen Test to Return
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£22
Qured Pre-departure to UK Rapid Antigen Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£22
Medicspot Test to Return Antigen Test
Pre-departure to return
Lateral flow (antigen)
Home
£29
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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 (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 within 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.

Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into the UK from red countries. Updated for 9 January rule changes.

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