Accurate and Affordable COVID-19 Testing in the UK

ExpressTest is a COVID-19 testing service providing fast, accurate and reliable PCR screening across the UK. It is a programme that is run by the direct to consumer division of Cignpost Diagnostics Limited.

We offer accurate and affordable, gold standard PCR testing for only £99 per person, with subsidised concessions for airport passengers and staff. We aim to deliver your results by 10pm the day after your test, however, results could take up to 48 hours to receive.

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About ExpressTest

Cignpost Diagnostics Limited has provided COVID-19 testing facilities for some of the world's leading companies and organisations, such as Netflix, the BBC, the Scottish Premiership and the PGA European Tour.

ExpressTest, a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Limited uses its established network of on-site and bricks and mortar laboratories across the UK to deliver fast, accurate, gold standard COVID-19 testing.

Fast and Affordable

By leveraging our established network of regional laboratories, it means we can get your results back to you quicker. We aim to deliver your results by 10pm the day after your test, however, results could take up to 48 hours to receive.

PPE and Safety

At our screening facilities, your swab will be taken by one of our clinically trained sample takers. Our sample takers are all fully trained in both administering and storing swab samples, and wear full PPE when on site.

Trusted Testing

We use PCR testing machines, the gold standard for COVID-19 screening. All our devices are CE-IVD approved, so conform to the highest regulatory standards.

“The Cignpost Diagnostics COVID-19 screening service has allowed the BBC's 'The Pursuit of Love' to return to work quickly and safely and to get us back to doing what we do best - producing great television. The mobile laboratory is extremely professional, staffed by a team of technicians who efficiently turn our tests around quickly with results back with us within a few short hours. I’ve been especially impressed at the flexibility shown by the Cignpost Diagnostics team who have reacted quickly to changes in the testing numbers as our schedule has evolved throughout the shoot.” Ian Hogan, Producer BBC

How does it work?

ExpressTest currently offers three COVID-19 PCR testing products. PCR Test, PCR Test with Fit to Fly Certification and Test to Release.

These are all performed at one of our screening centres across the UK. We hope to be able to offer a home testing solution later this year.

Click here for more information on our products. If you would like to know more about the process, please see preparing for your test and after your test.

Frequently asked questions

Should you have any questions regarding our testing centre tests and our home testing kits, check out a selection of the most popular questions asked below or view our dedicated FAQ’s page for more detailed questions and answers.

You can book and pay for your preferred time and testing centre via our ‘Book a Test’ page. Within 30 minutes of paying and booking, you will then be sent a confirmation email with a QR code.

You must bring a copy of the QR code with you on the day of your test. Please also bring a copy of your valid passport if you require a Fit to Fly Certificate or have booked for Test to Release.

For further information on our booking process please visit our ‘How It Works’ page.

ExpressTest is a COVID-19 screening service providing fast, accurate and reliable RT - PCR screening across the UK.

We look to launch this product in early 2021. Please check our website regularly to stay informed.

We currently have testing centres at Edinburgh, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, as well as local testing centres across the country - please see our 'Book a Test' page to find the test centre nearest you.

We aim to deliver your results by 10pm the day AFTER your test, however in some cases results could take up to 48 hours to receive, especially if your sample needs to be re-tested.

In the majority of cases, if we need to re-test your sample then this would not require a second sample to be taken from you, however in very limited circumstances, you may need to come back to our testing site to be re-tested.

Our testing service costs £99 and is bookable via our website. We offer subsidised concessions for airport passengers and airline/airport staff.

Fit to Fly tests:
Airline passengers must bring their valid passport and flight booking reference to their screening, whilst airline/airport employees must bring their employee identification.

Test to Release tests:
Customers must bring their valid passport and QR code to their screening.