Covid-19 Testing

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Covid-19 Testing – it’s as easy as one two three (well almost)

There are of course many companies offering Covid-19 tests: some are in local town centres, some at the airport and some offer a postal service. It is also worth checking with your flight company as many are offering deals.

There is a little planning involved but it is not at all onerous and the steps are easy to follow. Individual rules around which tests are required for each destination do change so we would suggest that you do not order your tests months in advance.

What type of tests?

Each country has their own requirements, the tests will either be an Antigen Lateral Flow Test or a PCR Test. Both must be a certified test (where a certificate is issued), and therefore you cannot use the free Lateral Flow Test provided by the UK government. Even if you have been fully vaccinated you may need to take a test when you are back in the UK. In both cases what is required may change and as such we will advise you of these when we send your final holiday documentation a few weeks before you go on holiday.

This proof will usually need to be shown before you board the aircraft, which may be at the airport or you may be required to ‘upload it’ to your airline booking. Even if you have been fully vaccinated you will need to do a test when you return to the UK, as this requirement may change we will advise you what is required when we

Here’s what to do

Order/Book your tests well in advance BUT please check again before your departure what testing is required, as this might have changed. Check the FCDO Advice for your destination

  1. Book your required ‘Outbound’ pre-departure (if required) (Chronomics) and ‘Once you are home’ Day 2 & Day 8 (if required) tests test kit online (e.g. Randox ). Or book your outbound test at your departure airport or local test centre.   

  2. If your 'Outbound’ (pre-departure) is a PCR test and needs to be done within 48 hours of departure, we suggest you book your test at one of the many local testing centres that are popping up, or at an airport testing site  

Going to your Destination (Outbound) where a test is required.

  1. Carry out and return the test as instructed.

  2. When you get your certificate, upload it to your airline booking and make sure you take a copy of the certificate with you.

Once you are Home

Carry out your pre-purchased Day 2 & Day 8 Tests (and if required) as instructed.

Other Tips

Check out your airline – they may be offering deals.

Remember that testing requirements may change before your departure date. Check the FCDO Advice for your destination.

Make sure that you have adequate travel insurance.

Do check to see if you have a test centre in your home town.

Government approved providers for Covid-19 Testing

If you live in England download the NHS App (not the NHS Covid App) – do this as soon as possible as you can often use this as proof of vaccine.  

Proof of Vaccine

If you live in England, access your NHS Covid Pass via the NHS App or NHS website, or request a NHS Covid Pass Letter (this may take up to 5 days to arrive). For information regarding proof of vaccination in the devolved nations: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland  

Please satisfy yourself as to the suitability and acceptance of any test or testing company for your own situation and needs. These are not endorsements and we cannot accept any responsibility over and above these suggestions of the supplier.

Destination Age Group Destination Entry Requirements 
Mainland Spain Aged 12 + Fully Vaccinated (14 days**) OR PCR Test (72hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt
Balearic Islands Aged 12 + Fully Vaccinated (14  days**) OR PCR Test (72hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt
Portugal Aged 18 + Fully Vaccinated (14 days**) OR PCR Test (72hrs)* OR Antigen Test (48hrs)*
Aged 12-17 PCR Test (72hrs)* OR Antigen Test (48hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt - No requirements
Italy Aged 18 +   Fully Vaccinated (14 days**) AND Antigen Test (48hrs)*
Greece Aged 12 + Fully Vaccinated (14 days**) OR  PCR Test (72hrs)* or Antigen Test (48hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt - No requirements
France Aged 18 + Fully Vaccinated (7 days**) 
Aged 12-17 Antigen Test (24hrs)* or PCR Test (24hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt - No requirements
Croatia Aged 12 + Fully Vaccinated (14 days**) OR PCR Test (72hrs)* OR Antigen Test (48hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt - No requirements
Cyprus Aged 12 + Fully vaccinated (14 days **)
  If not fully vaccinated: PCR test (72 hours)* AND PCR test taken on arrival in Cyprus
Aged 0-11 Exempt - No requirements
Turkey Aged 12 + Fully Vaccinated (14 days**) OR PCR Test (72hrs)* OR Antigen Test (48hrs)*
Aged 0-11 Exempt - No requirements

* Limit on the number of hours before arrival that a negative test result was produced.

** The minimum number of days since you have been fully vaccinated.

Returning to the UK
Fully Vaccinated (any age) No Quarantine | Day 2 Antigen Test (England & Wales), Day 2 PCR Test (Scotland)
Non-Vaccinated (Aged 5 - 17) No Quarantine | Day 2 Antigen Test (England & Wales), Day 2 PCR Test (Scotland)
Non-Vaccinated (Aged 0 - 4) Exempt
Non-Vaccinated 18+ Min 5* Days Quarantine | Pre-Flight Antigen | Day 2 PCR Test  | Day 8 PCR Test
  *If using the day-5 test to release