UK Arrivals: Pre-departure and Day 2 and 8 Covid-19 tests.

Covid-19 antigen and PCR tests for international travel to the UK.

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Pre-departure rapid antigen test

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39

  • Use this for your pre-departure test, 72 hours before starting travel to the UK from any country.
  • Order your test before your trip and take it in your suitcase.
  • Results in just 20 minutes, overseen on video call by a Health Advisor.
  • Free Tracked 24 delivery, or choose our priority courier service.

Test to Release

from£

99

  • Cuts your quarantine - your arrival date is Day 0, your kit will be dispatched for arrival on Day 5.
  • Results in 24-48 hours from check-in at lab.
  • Free Tracked 24 delivery and return shipping, or choose our priority courier service.
  • Official UK Government provider.

Day 2 and Day 8 tests

from£

198

  • Mandatory testing - your arrival date is Day 0, your first kit will be dispatched for arrival on or before Day 2 and your second on Day 8.
  • Results in 24-48 hours from check-in at lab.
  • Free Tracked 24 delivery and return shipping.
  • Official UK Government provider.

Travel to the UK - Pre-departure tests

Wherever you're travelling from, you'll need to take a Covid-19 test at least 72 hours prior to 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 you travel. The test is overseen via video call by one of our Health Advisors and gives results in just 20 minutesFrom £39.

Day 2 and 8 PCR tests

Arriving to the UK from abroad? You'll need to quarantine for ten days and take a Covid-19 PCR test on Day 2 and Day 8 of your self-isolation. Choose Qured's government-approved test for a smooth, hassle-free testing experience. Free Tracked 24 and return shipping included.

Test to Release

You can cut your time in quarantine with Test to Release by taking a PCR test on day 5 of your self-isolation. As long as the result is negative, you can exit self-isolation early. You’ll still need to take a test on Day 8.

How our pre-departure test works

Finding a Covid-19 test to take abroad prior to returning to the UK can be stressful. With our new rapid test, we've made sourcing a test to take abroad quick, simple and cost-effective.

  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. 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 Health Advisor’s instructions on how to take the test and process your result. They’ll show you how to send your result to Qured.

  4. 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.

How does Day 2 and 8 testing work?

  1. Head to our booking portal and select ‘Day 2 and Day 8 testing’. Sign in, or, if you're new, register in just a few moments.

  2. Complete the 'UK entry form' for yourself and anyone else you're booking for. You'll need your arrival date and passport number(s) for this.

  3. Your first kit will be dispatched for arrival on or before Day 2 and your second on Day 8. Remember, your arrival date is Day 0!

  4. Follow the instructions to take your tests and return to the lab.

  5. Look out for your results; you should receive them within 24-48 hours of the lab checking in your test. Once you’ve completed your Day 8 test, you’ll be able to exit quarantine.

FAQs

Fit-to-Fly tests for departures from the UK

Most countries now require proof of a negative Covid-19 test for entry.  Please check your destination country requirements for the type of test required and the time window during which you need to take it before departure:

  • PCR: Negative PCR tests are widely accepted. After checking your destination country's requirements, use our travel calculator to determine when you should order your test. 

  • Antigen Test: The USA and a number of other countries also accept a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test for entry. These lateral flow tests (LFDs) are faster and less expensive than PCR tests.  If you are travelling to the USA or have confirmed that your destination country accepts LFDs, book your test delivery and video consultation in the required time window before travelling.  

All countries: Pre-departure testing for arrivals to the UK

Wherever you’re travelling from, you must take a Covid-19 test before starting your journey to the UK. Order your test kit before you travel, and we will ship it to you in the UK so that you can take it abroad with you. We are not able to ship the test kit to you abroad.  

We’ll send you a link to schedule your video consultation with a Qured Health Advisor. You should book your video call as early as possible and before your travel to the UK  to ensure that you get the slot you want, but make sure the call is scheduled no earlier than 72 hours before starting your journey.

Green country Day 2 testing for arrivals to the UK

In addition to the pre-departure test, arrivals to the UK from green listed countries must take a PCR test on or before Day 2 after their arrival. There is no need to quarantine unless you test positive. 

Order your test before you travel to the UK, as you will need to present proof of this booking on your passenger locator form before you depart to the UK and also on entry. Your arrival date is Day 0.

Amber country Day 2 testing for arrivals to the UK

In addition to the pre-departure test, arrivals to the UK from amber listed countries are required to quarantine for 10 days and take PCR tests on or before Day 2 and on or after Day 8 of arrival. These tests must be purchased as a bundle, even if you opt for Test to Release. 

Order your tests before you travel to the UK, as you will need to present proof of this booking on your passenger locator form before you depart to the UK and also on entry. Your arrival date is Day 0.

Test to Release - optional Day 5 test

If you’re arriving from an amber listed country, you can opt into the Test to Release scheme to cut your 10-day quarantine. You will need to take a PCR test 5 full days after your arrival and, on receiving a negative result, you will be able to leave self-isolation early. 

You should order it before you start your return journey to the UK as you'll need to enter the test information on your passenger locator form. If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived, you will need to complete another passenger locator form. Your arrival date is Day 0. Even if you opt into Test to Release, you’ll still need to take your Day 8 test.

Red list country testing for arrivals to the UK

At present, Qured does not offer testing for arrivals to the UK from red listed countries.

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For Fit to Fly and Diagnostic PCR tests: You can choose between Royal Mail or our priority courier service if you're within the M25. Postal and courier orders are dispatched on the same day when ordered before 1:30pm and 6pm, respectively.

For Day 2 and Day 8 tests: For Day 2 tests, your kit will be dispatched for arrival on or before Day 2. For Day 2 and Day 8 tests, your first kit will be dispatched for arrival on or before Day 2 and your second on Day 8.

For Day 5/Test to Release tests: For Day 5/Test to Release tests, your kit will be dispatched for arrival on Day 5.

You can find out everything you need to know about the delivery and return of kits here.

For Lateral Flow Pre-departure/Rapid Tests: Lateral flow tests do not need to be returned to a lab, you will send us a photo of your test, and we will process and verify the results for you.

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Our partner laboratory processes and returns PCR test results within 24-48 hours of checking in the sample. We'll notify you when they're ready to view in your account. You can log in here.

For LFD tests, we’ll verify your results within an hour of taking your test via video call.

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Yes, if you are within the M25 we offer an at-home visit from a trained practitioner to administer your Covid-19 PCR test, at an additional cost. Simply choose this service as a delivery option when booking.

If you have booked a lateral flow test with Qured, including for returning to the UK, or Fit to Fly to USA and other countries accepting LFDs, you will take the test under the supervision of a Health Advisor via video call.

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VeriFLY is used by British Airways, American Airlines and others to speed up the test documentation verification process at check-in. We will send you a link along with your results, so you can easily upload them into the VeriFLY app.

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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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