What test do I need to travel abroad?

You will need tests for the outbound (departure) journey and the inbound (return) journey of your trip.

 

Outbound Trip

The tests required for your outbound journey will be determined by the destinations you plan to visit.

Check the latest travel regulations of your destination prior to purchasing your test.

 

There are two types of tests that are accepted for this purpose:

 

  • Rapid Antigen Lateral Flow Test
  • PCR Test

Check at what time frame to departure the test must be performed as this may change with each country (either 72 hours or 48 hours).

You will need a travel certificate or a QR code to upload to a travel app to fly.

 

Inbound Trip

The tests required for your return journey to the UK is determined by the UK Governments Travel Traffic Light System. Each country has been allocated a colour indicator based on the level of risk of Covid-19 currently experienced by the country.

 

Attempting to enter the UK without a valid test result or failing to comply with travel regulation could result in financial penalties.

 

Green List Countries

Every traveller returning to the UK from a Green List country must perform the following tests:

  • Rapid Antigen Test within 72 hours prior to arrival in the UK.
  • PCR Test on or before Day 2 after arriving back in the UK.
  • No quarantine is necessary provided test results are negative.

Amber List Countries

Every traveller returning to the UK from an Amber List country must perform the following tests:

  • Rapid Antigen Test within 72 hours prior to arrival in the UK.
  • PCR Test on or before Day 2 and Day 8 after arriving back in the UK.
  • Quarantine for 10 days.

Travellers from Amber Listed countries can opt-in to the Test-to-Release scheme and conduct an additional PCR Test on Day 5 of quarantine. Should the result be negative you are able to leave quarantine early.

 

Red List Countries

Every traveller returning to the UK from a Red List country must perform the following tests:

  • Rapid Antigen Test within 72 hours prior to arrival in the UK.
  • PCR Test on or before Day 2 and Day 8 after arriving back in the UK.
  • Quarantine for 10 days in a Quarantine Hotel.

Travellers from Red Listed countries cannot opt-in to the Test-to-Release scheme.

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