The COVID-19 test package and supplier you require depends on the entry requirements of your holiday destination and
where in the UK you live (requirements when travelling to and from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales may be different), so check the requirements for both before booking your test package. The testing suppliers will be able to give you more advice.
If requirements in the UK or your destination country change before travel, you may need to make new testing arrangements.
The different types of test are as follows; which you need depends on the factors outlined above, plus your vaccination status. The age of children under 18 also affects which, if any, tests are required:
• A test for travel from the UK
, if required by the destination country; this could be a PCR test or an Antigen Lateral Flow Test.
• A test for travel to the UK,
taken in-destination before your return to the UK. This can be either a PCR test or Antigen Lateral Flow Test. We suggest an Antigen Lateral Flow Test, as these can be self-administered and then verified online or by video call, whereas a PCR test must be sent to a laboratory for processing.
• A test (or tests) after you arrive back in the UK
. This must be booked prior to your arrival in the UK. Please see Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England
; there are links for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from this page.
• If you are required to quarantine for 10 days on your return to the UK, there is also the option of a Test-to-Release Day 5 Test; this test reduces the quarantine period (if returning a negative result).