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COVID testing in London
Our Travel Tests
Frequently Ask Questions
The tests (self-swab) we offer are as follows:
- PCR Test – Testing for active infection. Available in our testing centres or self-testing at home.
- Fit to Fly Test – Proof of no infection with an accompanying travel certificate. Available in our testing centres and clinics.
- Rapid Antigen Test – Testing for active infection. Results within 4 hours. Available in our testing centres only
Are travel certificates included in my test?
All our tests include travel certificates if required.
If you are not vaccinated and you return to the UK from a non-red list country, you can take this test on day 5 after returning. If you test negative, you may be allowed to be ‘released’ from quarantine as per government guidelines.
Please Note * You would still be required to take the Day 8 PCR test.
This test will be able to tell if you have COVID-19 at the time of testing.
Please note that there is no evidence to suggest that you will be fully immune from Covid-19 following previous infection(s). Therefore, it is important to continue to social distance and follow government guidelines during the pandemic.
Once your online booking is made, you will be sent a test kit in the post via royal mail- signed for. The test kit will include all the instructions required to perform the test. The swabs should be sealed and posted back for laboratory testing.
For faster results we advise our patients to take the test immediately and send results via special delivery or via a private courier.
All our tests are sourced from UKAS accredited laboratories, which are the regulatory body for the testing for COVID-19 in the UK, to ensure the most accurate results.
Where are tests performed?
Tests are carried out in our branches in London and then sent to our testing laboratories for a fast turnaround.
Tests can be booked online or by telephone.
We do not book anyone from our branches so please do it yourself online or by telephone.
Confirmation of your booking will be sent via email.
Your Testing Day
Do not eat, drink or brush your teeth 20 minutes prior to having your test.
This can contaminate your sample and may result in delays and may potentially require a retest.
For any appointment, please have your confirmation email available.
Please arrive just prior to your appointed time slot. This allows us to manage the flow of patients.
Antigen tests – 30 mins
PCR fit to fly test – same day, 24 hours or within 48 hours from when the test has been taken via email.
Please note that we use external laboratories and have no control over their processing times once we have delivered any samples.
All travel certificates are sent via email.
If you have any questions, please email on: email@example.com
Please note that we use external laboratories, and we are unable to control their processing times once the samples have been delivered.
Laboratories may need to repeat tests or prioritise some tests over others which could impact the timing of the results.
PCRtravel is unable to provide any compensation for any costs you may incur due to delayed results.
You will need to self-isolate and take any other precautions as per government guideline.
Please read al the advice and follow guidance here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are feeling unwell, please visit this website for further advise here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
All positive results are reported to Public Health England as part of the national reporting process.
PCRtravel will also report positive test results identified via rapid antigen tests to Public Health England.
If you would like to cancel your appointment or you fail to attend your booked appointment, an admin fee will be charged. Please read the Refund Policy for more information.
Refunds and cancellation request should be submitted via email. This may take up to 14 days to process.
Always check your spam/junk folder for your results.
We hand deliver our tests everyday to our associated labs for testing to try and get your results within the specified time frame.
However please note that labs may have to repeat tests which could impact timing.
Whilst we will do our very best to ensure your result is returned on time, PCRtravel is unable to accept liability or provide any compensation for costs that you may incur due to delayed results.
PCR travel is a company specialising in diagnostic testing for those who require PCR tests when travelling to and from the UK.
We are committed to supplying high quality testing kits. All of our testing kits are MHRA approved. Our Antigen and antibody tests are supplied by ROCHE who are a market leading laboratory diagnostics company.