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COVID-19 Testing for International Travel

There are a number of Covid-19 testing requirements in force for international travel from and to the UK.

We have summarised them below, but strongly recommend that you check out full details on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/travel-abroad

You can find more details about the Red, Amber and Green list rules for entering England here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

RequirementGreen CountriesAmber CountriesRed CountriesMore Information
Pre-Departure Test before LEAVING the UKMaybeMaybeMaybePlease check the requirements for your destination country: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Passenger Locator FormYesYesYeshttps://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
Pre-Departure Test before COMING BACK to the UKYesYesYesPlease note that we DO NOT provide this test. For more information, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
Managed Quarantine at HotelNot ApplicableNot Applicable10 days
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england
Self-IsolationNot Applicable10 daysNot Applicable
Test to ReleaseNot ApplicableOn Day 5Not ApplicablePlease note that we DO NOT provide this test. Visit the government website for a list of providers: https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/test-to-release
PCR TestingOn or before Day 2On or before Day 2On or before Day 2.
Please note that we DO NOT provide this test if you are returning from a red country
Further PCR TestingNoOn or after Day 8On or after Day 8.
Please note that we DO NOT provide this test if you are returning from a red country
Pre-Departure Test before LEAVING the UK
Green CountriesMaybe
Amber CountriesMaybe
Red CountriesMaybe
More InformationPlease check the requirements for your destination country: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Test to Release
Green CountriesNot Applicable
Amber CountriesOn Day 5. 
Please note that we DO NOT provide this test. Visit the government website for a list of providers: https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/test-to-release
Red CountriesNot Applicable
PCR Testing
Green CountriesOn or before Day 2
Amber CountriesOn or before Day 2
Red CountriesOn or before Day 2.
Please note that we DO NOT provide this test if you are returning from a red country
Further PCR Testing
Green CountriesNot Applicable
Amber CountriesOn or after Day 8
Red CountriesOn or after Day 8.
Please note that we DO NOT provide this test if you are returning from a red country

We guarantee to provide test results within 24 hours of receiving the sample.
However, we cannot take responsibility for any delay in delivery of the sample caused by Royal Mail.

GREEN COUNTRIES

Fit To Fly + Day 2 package: £110

  • Pre-Departure / Fit To Fly
  • UK Arrival – Day 2 Test (legal requirement)
AMBER COUNTRIES

Fit To Fly + Day 2 + Day 8 package: £165

  • Pre-Departure / Fit To Fly
  • UK Arrival – Day 2 & Day 8 tests (legal requirement)
MOST COUNTRIES

Pre-Departure / Fit To Fly only: £55

Please note that this test is only applicable for LEAVING the UK. You will need to take another test in your destination country before returning to the UK (we cannot supply this test).

GREEN COUNTRIES

UK Arrival – Day 2 Test only (legal requirement): £55

AMBER COUNTRIES

UK Arrival – Day 2 & Day 8 tests only (legal requirement): £110

Check our Frequently Asked Questions ▸

What tests do I need to do?

Register and book a test or a test package
Take a Pre-Departure/Fit To Fly test
(if required by your destination country)
Enter booking reference
of your Day 2 / Day 2 & Day 8 tests on the passenger locator form (legal requirement)
Travel to your destination
Take a test
in the 3 days before you start your journey back to the UK.
We DO NOT provide this test
Return to the UK
The day of your arrival in the UK is Day Zero
Take first test
on or before Day 2 (legal requirement)
Take Test To Release test
on Day 5 (optional).
We DO NOT provide this test
Take second test
(legal requirement)
on or after Day 8 even if you have taken a Test To Release test
Get results & leave quarantine after 10 days
if your Day 8 test is negative

Read our Frequently Asked Questions here

How it works

Pre-Departure / Fit To Fly test
(if required by your destination country)

Please note that this test is only valid for LEAVING the UK.

You CANNOT use this test for RETURNING to the UK (we DO NOT supply the test you need to take in your destination country before returning to the UK)

Most countries now require you to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test in order to gain entry. This is commonly known as a ‘Fit To Fly Certificate’.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the entry requirements and restrictions for the country you intend to travel to. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you take your sample within the correct timeframe, according to the specific requirements of your destination country.

Visit the government website for full details of all international requirements and restrictions:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Please ensure that you order your Pre-Departure / Fit To Fly test at least 5 working days before you are due to travel. This it to allow sufficient time for you to receive your kit, take your sample, return it to our laboratory, and for us to then process your sample and issue your result and certificate. If you order your test or return your sample at the last moment and there is a problem with your sample, or your test result is inconclusive, you will not have time to re-take your test and may therefore not be allowed to travel. AlphaBiolabs cannot be held responsible under these circumstances.

UK Arrival – Day 2 test (legal requirement)

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a green country, and haven’t travelled via an amber or a red country, you are legally required to take a PCR Covid-19 test on or before Day 2 following your arrival in the UK.

If you have travelled via an amber or red country, you must follow the rules for arrival from an amber or red country (see below).

Please note that the day of your arrival in the UK is Day Zero.

You must order your Day 2 test before your arrival into England, Scotland or Wales, and complete a passenger locator form with the booking reference details.

Visit the government website for full details of what you must do on your return to the UK:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

UK Arrival – Day 2 & Day 8 tests (legal requirement)

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from an amber country, and you haven’t travelled via a red country, you are legally required to take two Covid-19 tests. These mandatory tests must be taken on Day 2 & Day 8 of the compulsory 10-day quarantine period, which starts as soon as you enter the country.

If you have travelled via a red country, you must follow the rules for arrival from a red country (see below).

Please note that the day of your arrival in the UK is Day Zero.

Please note that a negative result from either of the tests will not affect your quarantine period and you must still remain in self-isolation until the end of the tenth day.

You must order your Day 2 & Day 8 tests before your arrival into England, Scotland or Wales, and complete a passenger locator form with details about where you will be self-isolating.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you must continue self-isolating for a further 10 days, starting from the date of your positive result.

Visit the government website for full details of what you must do on your return to the UK: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

Test To Release Scheme – Day 5 (optional)

Please note that we DO NOT provide this test.

Visit the government website for a list of providers: https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/test-to-release

Arriving into the UK from a country on the RED LIST

Please note that if you are travelling to the UK from any country on the government red list, you will not be able to buy either the Day 2 & Day 8 tests, or the Test To Release test. Instead, you will have to book a quarantine hotel package: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england

Visit the government website for full details of those countries on the red list

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view our list of FAQs related to Covid-19 testing for international travel.

You can also find full details of all Covid-19 requirements relating to international travel on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/travel-abroad

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