Updated 17 March 2022
Nevertheless, the country you’re visiting might ask you to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to allow you entry.
It’s important to make sure any tests you take meet the required standards. As a quick turnaround is needed to ensure you get your test results on time, we recommend using a provider that comes highly trusted.
Our Travel Specialists are always on-hand to offer information and assistance when needed. To help you further, we’ve put as much information as possible into this guide to COVID-19 testing for international travel.
Many holiday destinations require proof of a negative test taken before you travel.
As for returning to the UK, the new travel system now comprises two lists – a red ‘no travel’ list, and a 'go' list which you are free to travel to on your holiday.
While you can’t travel to any countries on the red list, you can travel to any other country, so long as they’re accepting UK travellers and the FCDO advises it is safe to visit.
If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you’ll no longer need to take a COVID-19 test before departing to England. If you aren’t classed as being fully vaccinated, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test a maximum of two days before you depart.
Once you’ve arrived home, your remaining tests depend on your vaccination status:
You’ll need to have all necessary tests booked before you travel. Before you return home, you’ll be asked to fill out a Passenger Locator Form which requires you to provide the booking reference of your at-home test and the name of the provider.
For full details on all travel restrictions, including self-isolation or quarantine measures, please see our Traffic Light System FAQs.
As we’ve already mentioned, you no longer need to take a test to return to the UK from a country that’s not on the red list.
However, if the country you’re visiting on holiday requires you to take a test in order to allow you to enter, you’ll need to be sure that it meets the correct requirements.
The tests must meet performance standards of =97% specificity, =80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml. This could include tests such as:
When entering your holiday destination, your Travel Specialist will be able to let you know which type of test is required.
If you live in England, you can’t use an NHS home testing kit for travelling. Instead, you’ll need to contact a private test provider who can include the following information with your result:
Keep hold of all documentation that shows the result of your tests, including printed and digital copies. You may be asked to show them before entering or leaving your holiday destination.
Please note, testing requirements may differ for residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can find further details on this further on in this guide.
There are now many private facilities in the UK offering testing services for travel
You can find out what tests your destination requires through the link below:
To further help, we’ve researched the available testing companies and have identified a selection of providers that offer a comprehensive range of options. Please click through to their websites for further details and costs.
Please note, it’s important to do your own research, read recent reviews and check each supplier’s terms and conditions when booking a test. It’ll be your own responsibility to choose a test provider for yourself.
Offers in-store COVID-19 testing service at selected sites across the UK, as well as at-home testing kits.
Provides fast, accurate, gold-standard COVID-19 PCR and lateral flow testing across a variety of sites in the UK. Clients include Netflix, BBC, Amazon and PGA European Tour.
Offers a variety of PCR testing at test centres across the UK.
Uses UKAS-accredited labs with fit to fly experts to help answer any queries. They offer COVID Hub pick-up points, for those not wanting to rely on Royal Mail.
Their mission is to make COVID-19 testing accessible and affordable to everyone who needs it. They are proudly not-for-profit and want to contribute to getting our communities back on track.