Standard PCR test for travel (‘fit to fly’ test)

Cost: £120 Monday-Friday

This is the test you need if you’re travelling abroad and need a Fit to Fly certificate to show that you do not have Covid-19. The standard test gives results within 48 hours. The results are normally sent to you late afternoon/evening the day after your test, but it could be the morning after that. (for results by midday the next day please choose the fast track test). 

Please ensure you select the appropriate appointment to allow enough time to receive your results and for them to be valid within the required window of your departure time (or destination arrival time if applicable).

For more information, please scroll down the page and if you need help selecting an appointment, please click on the Arrange Call Back button.

Standard PCR tests are available Monday to Friday between 11.20am and 5pm. 

How it works

  1. Payment will be collected on arrival at our test site.
  2. Our swab practitioner will carry out the test while you remain safely seated in your car.
  3. At 6pm on the same day, the swab samples are couriered to our partner laboratory (one of the world’s leading testing labs).
  4. A test result certificate will be emailed and sent by text to you either late afternoon on the day after your test or on the morning after that.
Please do not eat anything or chew gum immediately before having your swab taken.

Inconclusive tests

On rare occasions swab tests give inconclusive results, after which the lab automatically retests your swab. A retest normally produces a successful result, but could delay your result by a few hours.

Invalid results

On very rare occasions, a person’s swab test will be tested twice and still have an inconclusive result, meaning a second swab test will be needed. However, the invalid rate is just 0.2%.

The tests we use

The tests we use are manufactured by VIASURE and approved by the Department of Health, CE IVD marked and certified to ISO 13485.

What if you test positive

Immediately isolate yourself to prevent spreading the virus. Contact the NHS on 111 to get advice on what to do next.

What your result document shows

  • The laboratory logo, name and contact details
  • Our clinic name and address
  • Your name and date of birth
  • Date and time the swab was taken
  • Date the laboratory finished processing the results
  • A unique lab reference number
  • A “Negative” or “Positive” result
  • Authorisation signature and stamp from a doctor
  • Passport number