Travelling To And From England – Covid Testing Guide


This page provides information on what Covid-19 tests you need to take and what you must do before you travel to and after you arrive in England, what you need to do to travel abroad from England, and how Effect Doctors can help you with your Covid testing in both cases.


Travelling to England


What you must do when travelling to England depends on whether you qualify or not as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.


Fully Vaccinated Passengers

In line with new Government Guideliness – all international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.


Day 2 & 8 PCR Tests

Provided by our partner VIVO Clinic

IN PERSON Day 2 PCR test

Our in person Day 2 PCR tests are taken in person by our skilled medical team who will assist you with all aspects of the service.

From £164

IN PERSON PCR Test with Same Day Results

Private PCR Tests conducted in the comfort of your own home with same-day results

From £199

If you are not fully vaccinated


Passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine returning from a non-red destination must take a pre-departure test any time in the three days before your departure.


This test can be:

  • a nucleic acid test, including a PCR test
  • a LAMP test
  • an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test


If you have recently recovered from Covid-19 but are no longer infectious, we advise you use a lateral flow test. Lateral flow tests have lower sensitivity than PCR or LAMP tests, so they are less likely to return a positive result from a previous infection.

When you arrive in England, it is mandatory to take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before Day 2 and another test on or after Day 8. You must also quarantine for ten days. The day you arrive is day 0. If your Day 2 test is positive, you do not have to take a Day 8 test.

If you are in England for less than ten days, you still need to quarantine when you are here and book Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

If you wish to reduce your isolation period, you can take another test on Day 5 as part of the Test To Release Programme. Under the Test to Release scheme, you can choose to pay for an additional PCR test on Day 5, and if the result is negative (and the result of your Day 2 test result was negative as well), you can end your quarantine.

If your Day 2 or Day 8 test result is positive, you must self-isolate for ten days. The day you took the test is day 0. Members of your household may also be asked to self-isolate.

Covid Lateral Flow Test Kit

Highly accurate Lateral Flow Test with results available in just 15 minutes.

From 9.99

Day 2 & 8 PCR Tests

Provided by our partner VIVO Clinic

In Person Next Day PCR Test

Book a Rapid PCR Test in the comfort of your own home and get the results back within 24 hours.

From £164

Red List Countries


If you have been in or travelled through a country or territory on the red list in the ten days before you arrive in England, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National or have residence rights in the UK.

Before you travel to England, you must take a Covid-19 test in the three days before your departure, complete a passenger locator form, book Day 2 and Day 8 tests and book a quarantine hotel package where you have to quarantine for ten days. The day you arrive in England is day 0.


Travelling abroad from England


Before you travel abroad, you should get advice about travelling to your destination country, including the latest information on safety and security, entry requirements, and travel warnings regarding Covid-19. The Government website offers a comprehensive list with travel requirements for 226 countries and territories here.

Following the requirements of your destination country, arrange any Covid-19 tests you will need to enter the country/countries that you will travel to. You can’t use the free NHS test for that, so you must use a private test provider.

Effect Doctors are on the government list of approved private test providers, and we are UKAS accredited and CQC certified. We offer a variety of tests suitable for pre-travel (Fit to Fly Certificate), including postal PCR and lateral flow tests. For those of you who need their results urgently, we offer an in-person PCR and lateral flow testing service where one of our trained NHS doctors or nurses will take your swab and deliver it straight to our labs. This can be done at home or in the office and allows us to return your results rapidly.

IN PERSON PCR Test with Same Day Results

Private PCR Tests conducted in the comfort of your own home with same-day results

From £199

Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Test

Highly accurate Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Test with results available in just 15 minutes.

From £25

How can Effect Doctors help?


The Effect Doctors team is working hard to keep as many people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic as possible. That is why we offer a range of tests, allowing you and your loved ones to stay safe. 


Lateral Flow Rapid Antigen Test


At Effect Doctors, after conducting thorough research, we have identified the Flowflex and Healgen Lateral Flow Rapid Antigen Tests as the best ones on the market in the UK. They are FDA authorized, considered to be the most advanced lateral flow test in the world, have full Home Test Approval Granted in the UK & EU, are UK Government validated at Porton Down Laboratories, detect New Virus Strains, have a 98.8% accuracy rate, and are CE marked and ISO certified.

Our lateral flow tests are suitable for general testing and pre-travel (Fit to Fly Certificate). However, please check your destinations on the government website beforehand as several countries still require a PCR test. You don’t need to send lateral flow tests to the lab for testing, and your results can be obtained in 15 minutes. The fast turnaround time of the lateral flow test is highly convenient, as you won’t have to make another flight cancellation/delay. 

Our lateral flow test is easy to use and provides fast and highly accurate results. All you need to do is:


  • Order your lateral flow test(s) online.
  • Follow the simple instructions included within the kit package to complete the test.
  • Upload the results of your test to our portal.
  • You will receive your doctor-signed certificate within 12 hours (or less).


PCR Test


We also offer a same day PCR swab test, administered by a trained NHS doctor in the comfort of your own home or office and allows us to return your results rapidly. Our team are equipped fully with PPE and follow all of the government guidelines. These services are limited to London.

If you are arriving in the UK and you are not fully vaccinated, we offer a postal Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test package through one of our partners.

Our postal PCR test kits all come with pre-paid return postage, so there are no hidden fees. If you need your results back quicker, you can drop your test into our lab, or we can arrange a private courier (at an additional fee).

The tests all come with easy to follow instructions, and if you need our help, we have 24 hours a day customer service professionals standing by.

We endeavour to have all results back in within 24 hours of receiving your sample at the lab.


See our full range of lateral flow and PCR tests HERE.