COVID-19 testing guidance

COVID testing is now an essential part of travel and we're here to guide you through it. Finding correct, simple and clear information is often surprisingly hard to come by. Each country has its own set of entry requirements, so the process differs from destination to destination. That's where we come in. We'll make certain that you have all the bases covered before jetting off on your big adventure.   

Personal COVID-19 checklist for every UK customer

Below, we've put together a general testing checklist that will help you get ready for your trip, including details of approved test providers. Our travel specialists will take you through the testing process step-by-step.

On top of that, we'll send you a personal COVID checklist 7 - 10 days before your departure from the UK, giving you details of all the forms and tests you'll need to complete before you set off. In short, we'll be sure that no stone is left unturned. 

Your peace of mind is our utmost priority. That's why we've created our Travel Nation promise, which offers full flexibility and financial protection for your trip. Our mission is to make sure that you have the trip of a lifetime. 

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General testing guidelines for travellers

At first glance, the admin of COVID testing can be more than a little mind-boggling. We're here to help. Wherever you're planning to travel, here are a few general rules to get you on the right track. Believe it or not, it's simpler than it seems. This information is given as guidance for travel to/from England and is subject to change (please check any specific requirements for Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland using links within the guidance).

Choosing a COVID-19 test provider

There’s now a truly baffling number of government-approved test providers with a wide range of pricing and service levels. We act independently from all testing providers, but based on our own experiences, we recommend the three providers listed below. We hope you find them useful.

Where an antigen test is required (e.g. before your return to the UK), you’ll now find that testing facilities are widely available abroad.  However, you may prefer to take an approved test kit away with you, to be completed by video. You’ll find all the details below.

Please ensure your test is taken within the required timeframe before departure and select a service where your result and certification will arrive in good time. We’ll also be on hand to help guide you through the process.

It’s important to note that, currently, NHS tests cannot be used for travel purposes.

1. Collinson

Collinson offers a range of PCR and lateral flow ‘antigen’ services bookable online, including ‘drive through’ airport facilities.

Find out about Collinson testing here.

2. Express Test

Express Test offers a variety of PCR and lateral flow ‘fit to fly’ services, with 25 drive-through or walk-in facilities around the country (including Gatwick and Heathrow).

Find out about Express Test here.

3. Boots

Boots offer a range of COVID-19 testing services (including in-store).

Find out about testing at Boots.



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