We aim to deliver your results by 10pm the next day*, except Home Test Kits, where results are delivered within 24 hours of receipt at our laboratory.
*Results could take up to 48 hours,
ExpressTest offers fast and reliable COVID-19 PCR tests for international travellers arriving at London Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports, plus Brent Cross, Croydon, Paddington, Northampton, Reading and Southampton (Eastleigh) as well.
I am travelling to England/Wales from a 'Green List' country:
All individuals travelling to England or Wales from green-listed countries must take take a PCR test on or before Day 2 after arriving in the UK. The Green Day 2 test can be taken at any point after arrival up to Day 2.
I am travelling to England/Wales from an 'Amber List' country and
I am NOT fully vaccinated:
All individuals travelling to England or Wales from amber list countries who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine for 10 full days on arrival. It is mandatory to book a travel test package, which includes a PCR test on or before Day 2, and another on or after Day 8 after arrival.
The day of arrival is seen as day zero. The test conducted on or before Day 2 is administered to help identify any potentially harmful COVID-19 variants, and on or after Day 8, you will be tested again to check that you do not have COVID-19.
You are allowed to go to a Covid-19 testing centre during quarantine in order to complete your Day 2 and Day 8 tests. Under no other circumstances will you be allowed to leave quarantine until you receive a negative Day 8 test and you’ve quarantined for 10 full days.
All travellers arriving in England or Wales will face a penalty of up to £2,000 if they do not take the Day 2 and Day 8 tests.
I am fully vaccinated:
These new amber list rules for fully vaccinated travel only apply if you are:
- fully vaccinated* in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas (e.g. residents of the British Overseas Territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) or;
- participating or have participated in a formally approved clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK or;
- ordinarily resident in the UK and under the age of 18 at the time of arrival.
If you are arriving in England or Wales from an Amber listed country and have been *fully vaccinated in the USA or Europe you will not have to quarantine or take a Day 8 Test upon arrival.
The European countries that this rule applies to are:
- EU countries
- Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City
You must be *fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the:
- National Health Service (NHS)
- European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe
- SwissMedic for Switzerland
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA
If the above items apply to you, then you will no longer need to self-isolate when you return to England from an Amber listed country, but you need to take a Day 2 Amber Arrivals test.
Children under the age of 18 will no longer have to self-isolate when returning to England from an Amber listed country, but they do need to take a Day 2 Amber Arrivals test.
*Fully vaccinated means a full 14 days have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given through the UK vaccine programme.
I am flying to England from a 'Red List' country
If you are arriving from a Red List country, then you are not eligible for our service, and must use the UK Government's 'managed quarantine' service.
Test to Release: Choose to end your quarantine early
You can opt to do the Test to Release scheme and end your quarantine early if you test negative on Day 5. However, you are still required to take a COVID-19 test on or before Day 2 and on or after Day 8.
Please note: You cannot opt-in to the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or passed through any country listed on the travel ban red list.
COVID-19 testing near me
Book your COVID-19 test with ExpressTest for accurate and reliable results. Take a look at our COVID-19 testing products designed for all your requirements.
Alternatively you can book a home test kit.