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Covid Test for Travel to and from the UK - FAQs

Last updated: 12 May 2022

Medicspot Covid-19 Testing: Overview

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Fit to Fly Covid Test

What is a fit to fly Covid-19 test for travel?

A fit to fly certificate is a medical certificate signed by a doctor, which is produced after having taken a Fit to Fly Covid Test. The certificate will show that you are fit to fly, with no symptoms of Covid-19 and a low risk of spreading coronavirus to other people in the country you intend to fly to.

In order for us to provide you with a fit to fly certificate for travel, you are required to undergo a Fit to Fly Antigen Test (aka Lateral Flow test). Antigen tests look for proteins created by the virus and can be taken at home using a pregnancy-style test, giving results in minutes.

Many countries require Antigen Covid Tests for travel, however, the type of test required will depend on the destination you are travelling to, and may also depend on whether you are fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Is the fit to fly certificate guaranteed to be accepted by all airlines?

Our fit to fly certificate consists of antigen tests or observed antigen tests, depending on the requirements from your destination. Our antigen tests are fully certified, ensuring your test results and fit to fly certificate will be accepted by all major airlines and embassies.

Pre-Departure Testing

Do I have to take a Covid-19 test before I travel to the UK?

From 7 January, the pre-departure test only applies to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers returning to the UK.

How soon should I take the test before I travel?

You must take the test in the 2 days (48 hours) before your service to England departs. If your journey to England is a multi-leg journey, you must take the test in the 2 days before the start of the first leg.

What happens if I don’t take a pre-departure test?

If you are not fully vaccinated and you fail to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result, you may not be able to travel to the UK. If you arrive in the UK without proof of a negative test result, you may be fined. Please see the government website for more information.

Can I use an NHS Covid-19 test to travel abroad?

NHS Covid-19 tests are currently not accepted for international travel. If you're travelling abroad from the UK, you must book a Covid-19 test with a private service provider like Medicspot. We recommend that you check with the destination and airline you’re travelling with prior to booking a test as testing requirements and timeframes vary.

Covid Recovery Certificates

What is a Covid Recovery Certificate?

A Covid-19 Recovery Certificate is a document that certifies that you have had Covid-19 in the past 180 days (proved by a positive PCR Test), but have since been assessed by a GP and are deemed to have recovered and therefore have some natural immunity. Read our full article on Covid Recovery Certificates here.

How do I get a Covid Recovery Certificate?

Medicspot can provide Covid Recovery Certificates the same day. Just book a video appointment with one of our online GP's today. You'll need to have proof of your initial positive test.

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Covid Tests for Travel

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Receive your test results and certificate by email

We will provide you with a PDF copy of your doctor-signed certificate if your test and diagnosis are negative.

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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 applicant laboratories on CE marked PCR assay machines to provide fast and reliable results.
The type of test that you need to take for your travel depends on your vaccination status. You may visit the government website to find out which tests you need for your outbound and inbound journey.
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.
The cost of our Covid tests for travel start from £11.99 for antigen testing and £29.99 for PCR testing. Our Covid test prices are competitive compared to other providers offering same-day results.
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.
For PCR tests, our Priority Courier Covid-19 test includes next-day delivery in the UK. This is accepted by all major airlines and workplaces. For lateral flow tests, Free Standard Delivery is included (untracked, 3-5 working days) and if you need it sooner you can upgrade to Express Delivery (Royal Mail Tracked 24, 1-2 working days) for +£2 at checkout.
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.
Your employees can perform a test sample themselves and can send their swab to our lab using the pre-paid Royal Mail return label.
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.
Your private test kit will include instructions, a cotton swab, sample tube, clear sealable bag and a return box with a security label.
Yes. We provide Covid-19 testing and fit to fly certificates for companies with rapid turnaround so you can avoid travel disruption. Save over 25% in bulk discounts on Covid-19 testing for your workplace with our Wholesale Covid PCR tests. Medicspot is a CQC regulated provider and our labs are UKAS applicant.
You will receive your test results and fit to fly certificate via email.
The PDF copy of your certificate will include your negative test result signed by an NHS trained UK General Medical Council (GMC) doctor confirming that you are fit and safe to travel.
Our private Covid-19 tests are available for anyone to order.
You can get in touch with a member of our friendly customer service team via live chat here.
A rapid antigen test detects protein fragments specific to Coronavirus. It can be done in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. Rapid antigen tests have a quick turnaround time with results being reported within 15-30 minutes. Medicspot’s rapid antigen testing service will be provided soon when required for travel.
Yes. Medicspot is a government-listed provider of private Covid testing. Medicspot is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and our laboratory partners are UKAS applicants and used by the NHS.
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.