COVID-19 Travel Testing
Whether you’re leaving the UK to go on holiday or entering from abroad, you will need to make sure you’ve got the correct COVID-19 tests once you arrive in the country.
Entering the UK
Since Sunday 9 January, Day 2 lateral flow tests can be used instead of PCR tests by fully vaccinated adults. This also applies to children (aged 5 and above in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 11 and above in Scotland), regardless of their vaccination status. Children under 5 years old do not need to take any tests to enter the UK.
If you are fully vaccinated
Important: you are only considered 'fully vaccinated' if it has been 14 days since your second dose of a vaccine. If your second dose was less than 14 days ago, please continue as if you are not vaccinated.
If you are not fully vaccinated
Travelling with children: all children are considered 'fully vaccinated', regardless of their vaccination status, and should follow the testing rules for fully vaccinated individuals (see above).
Incomplete or unvaccinated arrivals: Day 2 and 8 test pack - £138.00
Order this test pack if you are not recognised as fully vaccinated and you are entering the UK from a non red list country.
Incomplete or unvaccinated arrivals: Test to Release - £69.00
Optional for those entering England only. Order this test if you are not recognised as fully vaccinated, entering England from a non red list country, and if you want to leave quarantine early (you can only take a Test to Release on or after day 5 in the country). You must test negative to leave quarantine early, and you will still require a mandatory Day 2 and 8 test pack.
Frequently asked questions
Activate a COVID-19 test for travel
If you've already received your PCR test kit and it's the right time to take it, you need to activate it online. Please do this before taking and returning your test.
You must activate your test, otherwise we cannot give you your result.
In partnership with SYNLAB
ZAVA has partnered with one of Europe’s leading medical diagnostics providers SYNLAB to offer COVID-19 testing. SYNLAB is a UKAS accredited private provider listed on GOV.UK for COVID-19 testing.