If you are concerned you might have coronavirus or need to prove you are virus-free for travel, work, or personal reasons, a private PCR test can help.

A PCR test examines samples taken from your nose and throat to see whether there is any genetic material present from the COVID-19 virus. The test can tell you whether or not you have an active COVID-19 infection, even if you have no typical symptoms.

Why should I book a private PCR test?

Booking a private PCR test is a quick, simple and efficient process. You don’t need to worry about finding a testing centre near you or arranging an appointment, you simply book online and the self-contained sample collection kit will be delivered to your address by a courier.

If you order by 2pm, your test will be delivered the next working day and you don’t need to worry about leaving your home and travelling to another location when you might be contagious.

You will also receive your results faster than with NHS testing, ideal for travel purposes or if you’re keen to end your period of self-isolation as quickly as possible in the event of a negative result.

NHS test results can take up to five days, whereas with AlphaBiolabs, you will receive the results of your private PCR test next working day or the same working day, depending on your requirements.

Once you receive your sample collection kit, all you need to do is follow the instructions and use the enclosed swabs to collect a sample from the back of your throat and inside your nose. You then need to use the pre-paid envelope supplied to return your samples back to our laboratory.

Once they have been received by our UK-based laboratory, they will be tested for evidence of COVID-19 and your results will be emailed to you the next working day.

Even if speed of testing is not an issue, not everyone is eligible for free NHS COVID-19 testing. You are only allowed to take a coronavirus test at an NHS testing centre if you actually have coronavirus symptoms or you have been asked to have a test by the track and trace system.

However, there are many reasons you may want to have a COVID-19 test when you don’t have symptoms. You may be about to travel to another country, which requires a PCR test report, or a Fit to Fly certificate, to enter. Alternatively, you may want a result for your own peace of mind after being somewhere you could have been exposed to the virus or before seeing a vulnerable family member or friend. You may also be isolating because someone you have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 but you have not been asked to take an NHS test.

Home or workplace testing

Our workplace tests are designed for employers who want to test their staff onsite for health and safety reasons. Samples can be collected by the employees themselves or under the supervision of a member of the occupational health team or a company nurse.

Both tests can be ordered online now for rapid results, via our Customer Services team, on the phone (0333 600 1300) or via email

Order a coronavirus test

AlphaBiolabs offers a range of COVID-19 testing options for private individuals and businesses