UK travel test rules will be changing from 4th October.

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FAQs

What should I do before I travel?

You must:

1. Take an Antigen flow lateral test/pre-departure test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.

2. Book and pay for a travel test package before arrival to the UK, which will include PCR Covid-19 test kit to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine.

3. Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive complete with a travel test package booking reference number.

How accurate is your Covid-19 PCR test?

Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure swabs are correctly taken from the throat and nose. Our private Covid-19 PCR test has a sensitivity of 98% and specificity of 100% when performed correctly.

What time does the Covid test centre open?

The Laboratory test centres have different opening and closing times. Each test centre will display its opening and closing times clearly on the website. Please ensure your test sample is dropped off by 2 pm so you get your results next-day by 11:59pm.

When should I perform my swab sample?

It’s recommended that you check with your airline provider as destinations have varying time window requirements, usually within 96, 72 or 48 hours before departure. Please check to make sure we can meet the time window required by your airline provider and destination.

Is UKCovidTest legit?

Yes. UKCovidTest is a government-listed provider of private Covid testing. UKCovidTest is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and our laboratory partners are accredited by UKAS and used by the NHS.

How does it work?

Your employees can perform a test sample themselves and can choose to send their swabs to our lab using the pre-paid Royal Mail return label or by using one of our drop-off locations.

When should I order my fit to fly Covid-19 test?

Your fit-to-fly Covid test should be ordered well in advance of your flight to ensure your sample is received and confirmation of your test result and fit-to-fly certificate are emailed through to you before your departure.

What is a rapid Antigen Covid-19 Test

A rapid antigen test detects protein fragments specific to Coronavirus. It can be done in a clinic, at home, doctor’s office, or hospital. Rapid antigen tests have a quick turnaround time with results being reported within 15-30 minutes. 

Who can order a Covid-19 test?

Our private Covid-19 tests are available for anyone to order.

What is a Covid-19 PCR test?

A Covid-19 PCR test looks for the Covid-19 virus on a swab sample collected from the back of the throat and nose. Our private Covid-19 testing is provided by world-class UKAS accredited laboratories on CE-marked PCR assay machines to provide fast and reliable results.

Can I get my Covid-19 PCR test delivered?

Our Priority Courier Covid-19 test includes next-day delivery in the UK. This is accepted by all major airlines and workplaces.

If I get a positive result, will I be immune to Covid-19?

If you get a positive result for Covid-19, you need to follow government guidelines. There is not enough research to confirm if you are immune to Covid-19 or how long you may be immune for.

When will I get my coronavirus test result?

After the lab receives your sample, you will get your Covid-19 test results the next day by 11:59 pm.

Do you offer corporate Covid-19 testing?

Yes. We provide Covid-19 testing and fit-to-fly certificates for companies with rapid turnaround so you can avoid travel disruption. UKCovidTest is a CQC regulated provider and our labs are UKAS accredited.

How will I receive my test results and fit to fly certificate?

You will receive your test results and fit-to-fly certificate via email.

I tested positive for coronavirus. When can I take another test?

You can take another test anytime. After the virus has cleared it can take over 2 weeks before the genetic material of the virus is no longer detectable in your airways. Some people continue to have a positive test result for 3 months.

What does my private Covid-19 test include?

Your private test kit will include instructions, a cotton swab, sample tube, a clear sealable bag, and a return box with a security label.