Covid-19 tests for travel: All you need to know

Added 12/11/2020

With both mainland Spain and the Canary Islands introducing new entry rules requiring a negative Covid-19 test, and the UK working on introducing tests to avoid quarantine on arrival, testing for travel and holidays looks set to become more commonplace as we head into the winter and new year.

But how and where do you get a Covid-19 test, and which type of test should you have?

(Scroll down to find out how to get 10% off a covid-19 test for travel)

What type of test do I need?

The most reliable type of test, and the type that most countries are insisting on is a PCR test, these tests are conducted by a swab in the nose and/or throat.

Where can I get a covid-19 test for travel?

If you require a Covid-19 test to travel you should not use the NHS test and trace service, this is intended for those who have symptoms, NHS staff and those invited to have a test by a health professional.  

If you need a Covid-19 test for travel you should get one done privately.  There are several home testing services available now, as well as some private clinics where you can go in person to have a test.  

It’s easy to find test providers by doing a search on Google or Bing. On a quick search we found that costs currently ranged between £109 and £200.  However, this is a growing market, with considerably more companies offering tests now than there were a month ago, so we hope costs will go down as competition increases.

With a home test, you simply need to purchase a test pack online which will be sent to your house, we recommend ordering your test in plenty of time before you trip.  

Then you do the test at home at the required time, often within 72 hours of arrival at your destination, seal the swab pack as instructed and return it by post or courier to the lab. 

Results are usually available between 24 and 48 hours after you return the test to the lab.

Most private companies operating this service will provide you with a fit to fly certificate if the test is negative.  

How to find out if a Covid-19 test is required?

To find out if you will be required to have a Covid-19 test and within what time period before travelling, go to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s travel advice pages on the website.

Simply enter the country you are travelling to and you will see all the latest travel advice for your destination, including whether they are advising against travel and any entry requirements such as a negative Covid-19 test.

Get 10% off Covid-19 PCR tests for travel

Rightangled are a private health care provider, registered with the Care Quality Commission, they can send a PCR swab test kit to your home, with the results available online within 24 hours.  

You can get 10% off the cost by quoting GTG10 when you purchase your test.