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

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

Check the rules to find out which tests you need.

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

Read an overview of the testing and quarantine rules when you’re travelling abroad from England.

Find a test provider

You can compare and choose a test provider based on cost and whether they are available in your region.

The government does not endorse or recommend any specific test provider - you should do your own research about them and their terms and conditions.

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What you need to know

If you’re arriving in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland

There are different rules. 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 if you’re leaving England

There is a different way to get tests if you need proof of a negative test result to enter another country.

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