Fit to Fly Tests 

A negative Covid-19 test is essential before travelling abroad. The Fit to Fly test certificate is the result document that you receive after a negative Covid test, which is required by countries to assure that you do not have Covid-19.

There are two types of Covid tests available:

  • RT- PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test 

The RT-PCR tests are conducted by taking swab samples from your throat and nose and sent to the lab for processing. They work by identifying the RNA in the virus and are the gold standard method of Covid-19 testing.

  • Lateral Flow (Antigen) test

Rapid Antigen tests are conducted by taking a sample from your nose and are based on detecting proteins created by the virus. They are rapid, (results in 20 minutes) and lower in cost. We offer a video call service for your travel requirements for travelling out of and back to the UK. Our Antigen kits meet home test regulations as well as the sensitivity/specificity required for travel. NHS antigen tests and several brands of antigen /lateral flow tests DO NOT meet the requirements for travel purposes, so you must use one of our kits and we must verify your result to provide a travel certificate on the supervised video call.

When do you need to take your test?

There are various timeframes for testing when travelling out of the UK and they will depend on which country you’re visiting. Please check your specific country requirements before booking (Varies between 24-72 hours – most common is 48 hours). Return to the UK must be within 3 days before you depart back to the UK.

Covid Smart offers both these tests to individuals and businesses who wish to travel to a destination where a Fit to Fly test certificate is mandatory for entering the country.

Depending on the country you’re visiting, you will require a PCR or Rapid Antigen (Lateral Flow) test before flying. However, it is essential to know that Antigen tests are mandatory for all inbound international travellers coming to England. This means you may be fined if you arrive in the country without the Fit to Fly test certificate with a negative Covid test. Since Covid Smart is government-listed, our Covid test reports and certificates are accepted by all destinations and major airlines and airports.

You can make life easy and pre-book a video call and take your antigen kit with you, so you don’t waste time trying to find a testing centre abroad.

Testing with Covid Smart

We aim to make your testing easy, fast, and efficient. You can book an appointment at our Greater Manchester testing clinic for all types of tests. We have various options such as Same-Day and 24/48 hour results for the RT-PCR test, available Monday to Saturday. If you chose PCR same-day results, we take your sample in the morning and your results along with your Fit to Fly test certificate are sent via email the same evening. If you choose PCR 24/48 hours, your results will be emailed within this time frame.

In the case of an Antigen test, you can get the results in 20 mins and receive your certificate via email within an hour.

NHS Covid-19 tests are not accepted for international travel. You must book your pre-travel tests with a private testing provider like Covid Smart.

Return to UK Testing 

Day 2 & Day 8 Testing

The Day 2 and Day 8 tests are mandatory for all international arrivals into the UK. The test taken on or before day 2 is for variant surveillance and the one taken on or after day 8 is to confirm that you’re not infected with the virus and that it’s safe to end quarantine. Failure to undergo testing as per the above guidelines can lead to a substantial penalty.

Day 2 Green List Package £85 – Home test kits available nationally 

The Day 2 Green List Covid-19 Travel PCR home testing kit is for international arrivals to the UK from countries on the Green list and now also for Amber List travellers if you have had both of your vaccinations more than 14 days before arriving back to the UK. No isolation time is required.

We send out your Day 2 kit to arrive on the day you arrive back to the UK to the address you request on your order. Your kit includes a pre-paid package to send it directly to the lab and full instructions on how to register your sample online. The lab results are delivered via email the same day the lab receives the sample if received before 1 pm and the next day if received after 1 pm.

Day 2 and 8 Mandatory Amber List Test package £169.00 – Home test kits available nationally

Day 2 and Day 8 mandatory Amber list Covid-19 travel PCR home testing kits are for international arrivals to the UK from countries on the Amber list. The testing kit is delivered to your home on the same day of your return and includes return postage to be sent to the lab. Your results are delivered the same day the lab receives the sample if received before 1 pm and the next day if received after 1 pm.

Travel RT-PCR Family of 4 OFFER (£320)

Covid Smart offers a cost-effective testing package for families of 4 who are travelling together. The swab samples for the RT-PCR test are collected at our Greater Manchester clinic and sent to our Government approved external laboratory partner for processing. You’ll get your results within 24-48 hours.

Test to Release Scheme – Covid -19 RT- PCR Test to Release (Day 5) (£99)

All travellers arriving in the UK from Amber list destinations, that are not double vaccinated are required to isolate for 10 days upon their arrival.

Covid Smart offers Test to Release after 5 days of arrival to reduce isolation time. Day 1 starts to count the day after you land in the UK. NHS tests are not valid under this scheme, you must use a private provider.

If you attend an appointment at our Greater Manchester clinic in the morning before 09:50 am, your results will be sent via email the same evening so your isolation time can stop on receipt of a negative result.