Covid Tests to Enter the UK

From 18 March 2022, all travellers (regardless of vaccination status) entering the UK are no longer required to take any covid tests or completing the Passenger Locator Form.

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Last updated: 16 March 2022

Starting from 4am 18th March 2022, new government for covid tests take place:

  • All arrivals regardless of their vaccination status are no longer required to to complete the Passenger Locator Forms and covid tests, which include:
  • All unvaccinated travellers are no longer required to take any covid tests before and after arriving in the UK. This replaces the previous regulation to take the Return-to-UK antigen test and day 2 PCR.

You can find all the information you need about choosing the right tests for your travels, booking your tests and when to take your tests using our updated travel planner. Any future changes to travel tests rules will be reflected on our website as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which types of Covid-19 tests are accepted for travel to the UK?

It is your responsibility to find a reputable private test provider like Medicspot to provide your Covid-19 tests for travel. The test must meet the WHO (World Health Organisation) performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml. You might not be able to travel if your test doesn’t meet these requirements.

Approved tests include:

  • A nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests.
  • An antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device.

Which tests do you need to enter the UK?

No tests are required to take to enter the UK

Who can get a test?

Anyone in the UK who does not have coronavirus symptoms can get a private rapid lateral flow test provided that they are accepted for travel by your chosen airline and country of destination.

Are antigen tests accepted to enter the UK?

Antigen tests are accepted to enter the UK and are quick and easy to perform.

Can I take an NHS test to enter the UK?

NHS tests cannot be used for the purpose of pre-departure testing before travelling to the UK.

Does the UK accept covid recovery letter to enter the UK?

The UK is currently not accepting covid recovery certificate or letter to enter the UK. If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to take any covid testing. If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you need to take the pre-departure test and day 2 PCR test.

Do children need to take a test to enter the UK?

The current government advice for the UK states that children aged 17 and below do not need to take a test to enter the country.

Do I need to complete a passenger locator form before entering the UK?

Yes, everyone is required to complete a passenger locator form before travelling to the UK, without exception.

Do I need to take a test when travelling from all countries?

Generally, yes, but there are some exceptions. These include: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey, Ascension, and Falkland Islands. This list is always changing so please check the government website before travelling.

What should my test result include?

For unvaccinated travellers entering the UK, your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted. You must provide the original test result notification which must include the following information:

  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test

If the test result does not include this information you may not be able to travel to the UK and could be fined.

What if I test positive?

You will be refused travel to the country if you test positive for Covid-19. For further guidance on testing positive for Covid-19, please refer to the government website.

What if my test is inconclusive?

You will need to take another test and will only be able to travel to the UK if you have evidence of a negative test result.

Are there medical reasons for not needing a test?

Please see the government website for the latest rules but if you are travelling for, or accompanying someone travelling for, urgent medical treatment then you might not need to take a test. You might not need to take a test if you have a medical condition that prevents you from doing so but please check government guidelines before travelling.

How can I check if my job is exempt from testing when travelling to the UK?

Please visit the government website for further information on which jobs are exempt from taking a test as these are liable to change.

When should I order my test(s)?

For both vaccinated and partially/unvaccinated travellers, we recommend ordering your pre-departure tests, travel test packages or Day 2 PCR Tests as soon as possible to guarantee your test kits are reserved for you.

When will my kits be delivered?

You will receive your day 2 test on the day you arrive in the UK. You will receive your day 8 test on the eighth day of your quarantine. We will dispatch your day 2 kit as soon as you order to ensure you have your kit when you arrive in the UK. Please note, we can only dispatch your kits Monday to Friday so it is important to order the appropriate test kit before you travel.

What happens if I do not take a test?

If you are partially vaccinated/unvaccinated and do not present proof of a negative test, you may not be able to board your transport to the UK. If you arrive to the UK without proof you tested negative, you could be fined.

Do I need to register my kit?

You must register your kit before returning it to our lab. If you have problems registering your kit on a mobile device, please use a desktop computer. If you need further assistance, our dedicated customer service team will be happy to help via live chat. For more information, go to our day 2 PCR test FAQ page.

Where can I get a general covid test should I need one in the UK?

The government will stop providing free NHS lateral flow tests on April 1st 2022. If you would like to get your LFT, Medicspot provides LFT for general testing (price starts from £2.99 per kit), including a doctor-signed certificate that can be used to get into public events.

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