Preparing for Your COVID-19 Test
This is to be used if you are NOT travelling but need a test
This is for travelling FROM the UK, where a PCR test is required
This is for travelling FROM the UK, where a LAMP test is required
This is for travelling FROM the UK, where a Antigen Lateral Flow Test is required
This service is for passengers arriving into England and Wales only. We offer a single Day 2 test for when you are arriving from a Green country or when arriving from an Amber list country. For non fully vaccinated travellers we have an Amber package (Day 2 & Day 8 tests) where you can also select a Test to Release test if you would like one.
Please do not book a package (Day 2 & Day 8 tests) if you only need the Day 2 test. The package is a different product, reported in a different way to the government, and the Day 8 test will be non-refundable. If you have made a mistake, you will need to cancel and re-book the correct test. Don't forget to fill out a new Passenger Locator Form as well.
This is to be used if you are arriving in England (not available in Scotland, Wales or NI), and would like to try to release from quarantine with a Day 5 test.
You are able to book this as a package of Tests, together with Arrivals Day 2 & 8 Tests.
This is to take abroad with you to use as your 'Pre-return to UK test. You must self-administer the test within 3 days of your RETURN to the UK.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should you have any queries about ExpressTest, here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our services. Alternatively, for a more extensive list of answers, read our dedicated FAQs page.
Book online via our 'Book a Test' page. You can choose your preferred testing centre, time and also pay online.
You will then be sent a Booking Confirmation email containing your Booking Reference (a number beginning CPT or SCPT) and a QR code attached. This could take up to 30 minutes to receive after you’ve made your booking. We suggest you also check your spam/junk folder for the email, as some email providers may place it there.
You must bring the QR code with you when you arrive for your test. Please also bring your valid Passport, National ID or Travel Document if you have booked 'PCR Fit to Fly' Test or 'PCR Test to Release' Test.
Can I book over the phone?
Bookings can only be made via our website and not by phone. Our website currently shows all our available slots and you will not gain access to additional slots by calling our customer care centre.
If you need more than one product
You should make separate bookings. e.g. if you want a PCR Fit to Fly Test for departure and also an arrivals package for your return, you should make two separate bookings.
Note: not all products are available at every site due to different laboratory processes.
Maximum Group Size
You can book for up to 5 people in one booking. If your group is larger than this you will need to make 2 or more bookings and arrive in 2 or more vehicles.
Don't forget to bring all of your QR codes to the appointments.
We currently have testing centres at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports, as well as regional testing centres across the country - please see our 'Directions' page to find the test centre nearest to you.
Walk throughs and Drive throughs
Please note that some centres are 'Drive through', some are 'Walk through' and some are both of these. Please check the test centre accommodates the method of transport you intend to use.
Park to Test
Our Park to Test facility is at our Heathrow Terminal 4 Drive through site. It is for Antigen Lateral Flow tests only, and allows you to park outside the door while you go in and get your test done. It is very suitable for families and groups from the same bubble who are all getting Antigen Lateral Flow tests at the same time.
There are dedicated parking areas for coaches, minibuses and taxis at our Heathrow Park to Test centre.
Please note that we aim to deliver your PCR test results by 10pm the day AFTER your test, however, in some cases these could take up to 48 hours, especially if your sample needs to be re-tested. (Home tests are different).
LAMP test results will be delivered 2 hours after testing. But please check that LAMP is accepted by your destination country.
Home test results will be delivered 24 hours after the sample arrives at our laboratory.
Antigen Lateral flow tests
We aim to deliver your Lateral Flow results in 40mins from your sample being taken, but please allow sufficient time especially if the test is required to check-in for your flight.
Remote Lateral Flow
The Remote Lateral Flow test results are delivered in 1 hour providing that all the information is uploaded correctly and in a readable format.