Find a coronavirus (COVID-19) travel test provider if you're arriving in the UK

You need to get tested for COVID-19 if you’re arriving in the UK from abroad.

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What you need to know

 If you’re travelling to England

Everyone entering England from abroad must take a test for coronavirus on arrival.

You may have to take more than one test. The tests you need to take depend on whether or not you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England.

You must book your tests before you travel and leave enough time for them to be delivered to your address in England.

If you’ve been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow different testing and quarantine rules.

If you’re travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

There are different rules to follow if you’re travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Find out what you need to do:

Test to Release

You can take an extra test to leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme if:

  • you’re arriving in England from a country that is not on the red list
  • you are not fully vaccinated

Find out about Test to Release.

Tests to travel abroad to another country

Check foreign travel advice to see what tests you need to take and any other requirements.

If you’ve ordered tests and there’s a problem

Contact your test provider to get help with the tests you’ve ordered. For example, if they have not arrived or you do not have your results.

You can make a complaint about a test provider.

This will help us to improve the service. We will not be able to contact a provider on your behalf.

  1. Step 1 Plan your trip

  2. Step 2 Get your passport, visas and permits ready

    How much time you need on your passport depends on the country you're visiting. Check the entry requirements for the country you want to travel to.

    1. Check your passport has enough time left on it for the country you're visiting
    2. Renew or replace your passport
    3. Get a passport for your child

    You may also need a visa to enter some countries.

    1. Check if you need a visa or permit
  3. Step 3 Get travel insurance and check if you need vaccinations or inoculations

  4. Step 4 Travel safely during COVID-19

  5. Step 5 Going through border control

    You may need to show paperwork such as your passport or visa. You may also need a negative COVID-19 test result or to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status at the point of entry.

    1. Check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to or transiting through
  6. Step 6 When you're abroad

  7. Step 7 Before you return to the UK

  8. Step 8 After you arrive in the UK