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    COVID-19 Test for Travel

    Book a test for your next destination​ and Test to Release

    We have launched a range of private testing options for passengers at Heathrow to keep you flying safely. Testing requirements vary depending on the country you are travelling to and from, which is why independent test providers  at the airport are offering a variety of tests which can be used by both arriving and departing passengers.

    Please note that these tests need to be pre-booked and fees apply.

    Find out more below about travel testing requirements and the types of tests available for purchase at Heathrow below.

    Booking options



    Some countries require passengers to show proof of a negative, COVID-19 test within certain timeframes of departure. At Heathrow, independent test  providers are able to offer the most commonly mandated tests by other countries - LAMP, Rapid Antigen using Lateral Flow Devices, and PCR.  

    The types of test and timing required to take the test before departure vary by country which is why we recommend passengers check the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office website for the latest travel information. Please ensure that you carefully confirm the type of test, certification, and timeframe for completion required before booking a test.

    Please ensure sufficient time to receive your results to complete your flight check-in.

    *COVID-19 testing services at Heathrow Airport are provided by third party test providers. Heathrow Airport Limited assumes no responsibility for such testing services. Should you opt to purchase a COVID-19 test from one of these providers, their terms and conditions will apply. By clicking on the link, you will be leaving the Heathrow website.

    PCR
    In terminal testing centre
    Results within 48 hrs
    From £99
    Book now

     

    PCR
    Drive through testing centres
    Next day results
    From £80
    Book now

     

    LAMP
    In terminal testing centre
    Results within 90 minutes
    From £79
    Book now
    Rapid Antigen
    In terminal testing centre
    Results within 45 minutes
    From £50
    Book now
    Antibody
    In terminal testing centre
    Results within 45 minutes
    From £40
    Book now

    Please be aware that: 

    • Each passenger is solely responsible for checking and conforming with the entry and exit requirements at their arrival and return destinations, and for booking the correct type of test. Requirements may include temperature checks, proof of negative COVID test or completion of forms.
    • Heathrow are not advertising COVID-19 testing services as a Heathrow product, travel service or holiday feature. Heathrow is not responsible for the timing, quality or outcome of any COVID-19 testing service offered by any third party test provider at Heathrow Airport nor on any impact on your ability to travel. Please check the terms and conditions of the test provider and the local requirements of your destination.
    • You can find further guidance and information on travelling to and from the UK on the Foreign Commonwealth & Development website.
    • If you fail to comply with these requirements you may not be able to travel or be allowed to enter your destination.
    • Passengers are not able to use NHS testing facilities for travel related testing 
    • If you test positive at the airport and are flying that day you will need to contact your airline to reschedule
    • Do not use the testing facilities located at Heathrow if you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms


    Frequently asked questions

    Passengers arriving from a country not on the UK Travel Corridors List can shorten their mandatory 10-day quarantine period by completing a negative COVID-19 test from Day 5 onwards.

    We recommend booking your test before you travel, as you will need to opt into the Test to Release scheme and enter your test booking details in the Passenger Locator Form, which must be completed on arrival in England. If you decide to take part in the scheme once you have arrived in England, you will need to submit a new Passenger Locator Form.

    The test must be taken via the Government's approved list of private testing providers. Both of the independent test providers operating at Heathrow - Expresstest and Collinson are included on the Government's list.

    Some countries require passengers to show proof of a completed, negative, COVID-19 test within certain timeframes of departure. The types of test and timing required vary by country which is why we recommend passengers check the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office website for the latest travel information.

    These tests must be purchased from a private provider. The NHS does not allow its testing capability to be used for travel purposes.

    Depending on the type of test required by your destination you may need to book a test in the days before you travel to allow enough time for the results to be processed. Our independent test providers at the airport offer PCR, LAMP and Lateral flow antigen testing for purchase, however, you may wish to consider another private provider off airport.

    If a LAMP or Rapid antigen test is required depending on local requirements of your country of travel, you may be able to complete this at Heathrow on the day that you fly if there is availability. We strongly recommend booking the test in advance.

    There are a number of testing facilities available at Heathrow via independent test providers at the airport. They include:

    Please note that the UK Government requires passengers to purchase tests from private providers and NHS tests are not available for travel purposes. 

    Passengers should check carefully what timeframes they are required to get a test within to meet local government requirements depending on their destination.

    For those departing passengers, please check the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for information on the requirements at your destination. Please ensure when booking your test that you allow enough time for the results to be returned before you travel.

    Passengers arriving from a country not on the UK Travel Corridors List can shorten their mandatory 10-day quarantine period by completing a negative COVID-19 test from Day 5 onwards. Please check government website for full guidance. Please note it is best to book your test prior to arriving in the UK as you will have to reference this test on your Passenger Locator Form when arriving.

    Please enquire with the independent testing providers who can provide advice on the type of test you require and lead time to get your results.

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    Travel guidance

    For official travel guidance visit the Foreign and Commonwealth office website

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    Travel guidance

    For official travel guidance visit the Foreign and Commonwealth office website

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