Fit-to-Fly tests for departures from the UK

Most countries now require proof of a negative Covid-19 test for entry. Please check your destination country requirements for the type of test required and the time window during which you need to take it before departure:

  • PCR: Negative PCR tests are widely accepted. After checking your destination country's requirements, use our travel calculator to determine when you should order your test.

  • Antigen Test: The USA and a number of other countries also accept a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test for entry. These lateral flow tests (LFDs) are faster and less expensive than PCR tests. If you are travelling to the USA or have confirmed that your destination country accepts LFDs, book your test delivery and video consultation in the required time window before travelling.

All countries: Pre-departure testing for arrivals to the UK

Wherever you’re travelling from, you must take a Covid-19 test before starting your journey to the UK. Order your test kit before you travel, and we will ship it to you in the UK so that you can take it abroad with you. We are not able to ship the test kit to you abroad.

We’ll send you a link to schedule your video consultation with a Qured Health Advisor. You should book your video call as early as possible and before your travel to the UK to ensure that you get the slot you want, but make sure the call is scheduled no earlier than 72 hours before starting your journey.

Green country Day 2 testing for arrivals to the UK

In addition to the pre-departure test, arrivals to the UK from green listed countries must take a PCR test on or before Day 2 after their arrival. There is no need to quarantine unless you test positive.

Order your test before you travel to the UK, as you will need to present proof of this booking on your passenger locator form before you depart to the UK and also on entry. Your arrival date is Day 0.

Amber country Day 2 testing for arrivals to the UK

In addition to the pre-departure test, arrivals to the UK from amber listed countries are required to quarantine for 10 days and take PCR tests on or before Day 2 and on or after Day 8 of arrival. These tests must be purchased as a bundle, even if you opt for Test to Release. If you have had two doses of an NHS administered Covid-19 vaccine, you can instead follow Green country testing rules. You will not need to quarantine on arrival, but you will still need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on Day 2 (see above for more information).

Order your tests before you travel to the UK, as you will need to present proof of this booking on your passenger locator form before you depart to the UK and also on entry. Your arrival date is Day 0.

Test to Release - optional Day 5 test

If you’re arriving from an amber listed country, you can opt into the Test to Release scheme to cut your 10-day quarantine. You will need to take a PCR test 5 full days after your arrival and, on receiving a negative result, you will be able to leave self-isolation early.

You should order it before you start your return journey to the UK as you'll need to enter the test information on your passenger locator form. If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived, you will need to complete another passenger locator form. Your arrival date is Day 0. Even if you opt into Test to Release, you’ll still need to take your Day 8 test.

Red list country testing for arrivals to the UK

At present, Qured does not offer testing for arrivals to the UK from red listed countries.

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