In the coming months, travel is going to require a little additional planning. Countries around the world are starting to provide details of their new entry regimes, and we’ve noticed certain trends emerging. The most common requirement is for visitors to have taken a PCR antigen test to prove they don’t have an active Covid-19 infection.
Many countries are requiring visitors to take this test within 72 hours of arrival, though there’s some variation in this timescale and you should check the precise requirements of the country you’re visiting.
When you take into account the travel time to the destination, a quick turnaround time is essential. To accommodate this, many private facilities in the UK now offer testing services specifically for travellers, providing both rapid results and a certificate that’s acceptable to overseas authorities and airlines.
To make travel easier for you, we’ve researched the available testing companies and have identified a selection of providers that offer a comprehensive range of testing options. Please click through to their websites for details of services and costs.
Nomad Travel Clinics is well established and has efficient systems set up to meet the needs of travellers, and it offers other routine travel services, like travel vaccines and malaria tablets. Nomad’s new range of Covid-19 tests should meet most destination requirements, and it provides options for self-testing at home or in-clinic visits. To receive a 10% reduction on Nomad’s Covid-19 tests, please enter the discount code AITO10 at check-out.
Randox Health offers self-testing and in-clinic visits. Its in-house laboratory facilities enable fast processing and a speedy turnaround time for test results.
Wren Healthcare provides a home-visit testing service in some areas of South East England as well as testing at its clinics.
The Hale Clinic offers a range of testing options to meet most travel requirements.
DocTap has 14 sites across London offering an in-clinic swab test service. Tests are then couriered to the laboratory and results should be back within 70 hours, including a doctor’s certificate.
Goodbody Clinic, based in Bath and Bristol, offers a 48-72 hour turnaround time and travel certification under its Gold PCR Lab Test service.