Pre-departure Covid-19 antigen test. Rapid results.

We've made taking a test before travelling to the UK quick, simple and affordable.

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Pre-departure rapid antigen test

from£

22

  • *The most affordable travel test with airline discounts. Usual price £25.
  • Take the test yourself or opt for a video consultation with a Health Advisor who will guide you through the process (+£10).
  • Must be taken within 72 hours prior to travelling to the UK. Order before your trip, pack it in your suitcase.
  • Rapid results - official travel document in 12 hours.
  • Free nationwide delivery, or choose our priority courier service within M25.

The quickest pre-departure Covid-19 test

You'll need to take a Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before your travel to the UK. Avoid the stress, cost and hassle of finding a test abroad by purchasing a rapid lateral flow test from Qured before travelling. Our rapid antigen test is approved for use in the EU and by countries globally.

Self-test and submit your results to our portal or choose to take the test over video call with a Health Advisor to ensure you’re testing accurately. After submitting your result, it’s verified by our team to give official results. From £22 with airline discounts.

How our pre-departure test works

Finding and taking a Covid test before returning to the UK can be stressful. Don’t worry; you can take our quick and affordable test abroad with you.

  1. Book your test well in advance of your departure. We will send a kit that you can take with you for your return to the UK.

  2. If you’ve chosen our video call option, we’ll send you a link to schedule a video call with our Health Advisor. Make sure you arrange the consultation in the correct time frame to have your test accepted.

  3. Follow the instructions to take your test and submit your result for verification. If you’ve booked a video call, log on to your consultation a few minutes before it starts - our Health Advisor will walk you through the test from start to finish.

We’ll let you know as soon as your official result is available. Log in to your account to download your results and 'Return to the UK' certificate.

Why do I need a pre-departure test?

Under the UK government's rules for travellers arriving or returning to the UK, everybody must take a Covid-19 test no earlier than 72 hours before the start of their journey. Whether you're travelling to the UK from a green, amber or red list country, proof of a negative test is required.

FAQs

Lateral flow testing is an established rapid diagnostic method to check for the presence of viral ‘antigens’ when a person has Covid-19. Lateral flow is useful for finding out if a person is currently infectious, and able to transmit the virus to others.

A lateral flow test kit is a small cassette which consists of a well for dispensing the sample and a window for reading results. The enclosed test strip will develop visible lines depending on the presence or absence of Covid-19.

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We’ve made taking a self-administered lateral flow test at home quick and easy and reliable. Order online and choose whether to have a Health Advisor supervise your test over video call for peace of mind.

For self-tests with no supervision:

  • Once your kit has arrived, ensure you'll be able to take it in the timeframe required for your travel (usually 72 hours, but requirements differ from country to country, so please check).

  • Follow the enclosed instructions to take the test and get a result.

  • After 15 minutes, upload a picture of your test cassette alongside a valid photo ID to your booking in your Qured account.

  • You'll get a verified result and official travel documents within 12 hours.

For tests with video supervision:

  • Once your kit has arrived, you’ll need to schedule a remote video call with one of our Health Advisors. You'll be given a link to do this in your booking confirmation email.

  • On the day of your test, you’ll be given a link to join a virtual waiting room. The Health Advisor will join the call and walk you through taking the test and processing your result.

  • After 15 minutes, upload a picture of your test cassette alongside a valid photo ID to your booking in your Qured account.

  • You'll get a verified result and official travel documents within 12 hours.

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A sample is taken from the back of the throat, around the tonsils and/or from the nose, using a swab. 

The swab is then immersed into a chemical solution, which is dripped into the well of the lateral flow device. This solution produces a reaction with the test strip inside the device, creating a result. The results are available from the test device from 15-20 minutes after mixing the sample with the lateral flow test.

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Qured only uses tests that have passed evaluation conducted by Public Health England. The manufacturers of the tests used by Qured states that these tests have a sensitivity, or true positive rate, of at least 96.4% and a specificity, or true negative rate, of at least 99.5%, when compared to PCR tests.

According to government guidance, lateral flow testing is useful for finding out if a person is infectious now and able to transmit the virus to others. The level of sensitivity is high enough to detect the vast majority of these cases. Lateral flow testing is less likely to return a positive result outside the infectious window.

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Our tests are CE marked and registered with the MHRA.

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Each country has different requirements for entry.  Some accept only nucleic acid tests like PCR, others accept antigen tests including lateral flow tests meeting certain criteria.  For UK entry the test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml. These standards are also recommended by the World Health Organization, and have been accepted by several other countries including Germany and Italy. The LFD tests we use meet these UK and international standards.  However, if you are planning to use our LFD test for Fit to Fly outbound travel,  please check the test requirements of your destination country as regulations can change quickly.

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Antigen LFD tests detect a protein from the nucleocapsid (a membrane found inside the virus), whereas PCR detects RNA (the genetic material of the virus). PCR is highly sensitive and can detect very small amounts of RNA, even after the virus has been inactivated by the immune system (it can take weeks for viral RNA to degrade). This means that an individual can test positive by PCR even though they do not have a current infection.

LFD tests will only report a positive result if the test detects the target membrane protein of the virus. Therefore, LFD is better suited to identifying those who are currently infectious and most likely to spread the virus further. This can help to reduce the risk to others of exposure to Covid-19.

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It is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for sometime after Covid-19 infection. Anyone who has previously received a positive test result for Covid-19 should only be re-tested within a 90-day period if they develop any new symptoms of Covid-19.

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