Although the government has given us the go ahead to spend Christmas with up to two other households, not everyone will be planning to spend it that way.

Many will be taking the opportunity to get away and spend the festive period abroad, in the sunshine perhaps, or on the slopes.

Sadly, that doesn’t mean we can also escape Covid-19 and, as we’ve seen, since the arrival of the virus, many countries have changed their travel rules regarding arrivals.

Those rules vary significantly from country to country, so it’s worth making sure you are absolutely clear on the requirements of the country you’re travelling to before you make any bookings.

One thing is certain, most destinations now require evidence of a negative Covid-19 test or what’s known as a Fit to Fly certificate before you’re allowed entry into the country.

You can get a Fit to Fly certificate when you take a PCR Covid test that returns a negative result. The certificate is sent to you via email, along with your results, ready to show the relevant authorities on arrival at your holiday location. You may decide to also take printed copies in case your device loses battery life or connection.

Timings for your PCR test and Fit to Fly certificate are critically important. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may be a specific time frame within which you must have taken your test and received your results in order for it to be accepted and for you to be allowed into the country.

Travelling for work and require a Fit to Fly test?

Anyone travelling for work purposes over the festive period may also need a Fit to Fly PCR test, depending on their destination.

Our standard processing time will give you results the next working day, but we also offer a same-day service if required, so urgent business travel need not be a problem.

Please make sure you visit our website to view our Christmas opening hours as our laboratory will be closed on certain days over the festive period.

You can also call our Customer Services team for more information about our PCR testing and our Fit to Fly service, on 0333 600 1300 or email us at

AlphaBiolabs provides Covid-19 PCR testing to the members of the public and workplaces, as well as Fit to Fly PCR testing. We also sell Lateral Flow Instant Antigen Tests and Rapid Antibody tests to employers. Visit our website to find out more.

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