We provide COVID-19 RT-PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing using either the swab or the saliva test method. This testing will determine whether you were actively positive or negative for SARS-CoV-2 at the time of testing.

PHE do not approve laboratories or tests for COVID testing. Please click here for confirmation and clarity from the UK government. The test methods and sample kits are approved for use based on real-time reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction otherwise known as a (RT-qPCR) test. The test utilises CE-IVD approved test kits allowing use in the UK and Europe.

You will receive your fit to travel certificate via email within 24 to 48 hours of us receiving the test at our lab.  Please print it off and take a hard copy with you to take to the airport or ferry as they will usually ask to take a look at this.  You may also be required to upload the certificate to the country government website.

You can choose to return the sample by a means appropriate to your plans either by visiting one of our drop box locations or posting your test to us.

Each kit includes a prepaid Royal Mail TRACKED 24 bag which, through posting in a priority post box, Royal Mail aims to deliver back to us the next working day, you may want to make your own arrangements by special delivery.

Our drop box locations are in London and Barnard Castle should you wish to drop them straight to us.

All of our tests are ISO and CQC accredited.

If your destination requires a specific ISO accreditation, you will need to let us know so that we can point you in the right direction.

Please order your kit as soon as you can to minimise the risk of any postage delays. Our PCR Home test kit can be stored for up to a year. Please confirm your specific requirements with your airline or embassy for your travel destination to confirm our border entry requirements.

If your sample window requires your test to be taken over the weekend, our home testing service may not suitable due to weekend postage delays..

PCR Test results are generally returned within 48 hours from the time the sample is received by the lab although it is usually quicker which is around 24 hours. We are able to guarantee this and you must understand the risk of occasional delays.

If you place your order prior to 12pm Monday – Friday, your order will be dispatched the same day and should generally be delivered to you the following day.

Orders placed after 12pm on Friday or over the weekend will be dispatched on Monday and should generally be delivered to you on Tuesday.

Please note – we are seeing some postage delays. We advise ordering your kit as soon as possible. PCR Travel Tests will not be liable for any outcomes as a result of postage delays.