What COVID test do I need and when?

What COVID test do I need and when for travel is a very good question and unfortunately the answer is always changing.

However, at Peak Pharmacy we try to ensure that everyone gets what they need when they need it done so a few quick pointers will help you along the way ……………….

Let’s start from the top. Correct as of 14/2/22


Before you leave the UK, check the entry requirements of your destination country. Some will accept proof of COVID vaccination, some will accept Rapid Antigen tests (LFT) and others will want a PCR test. This is the time to book your Day 2 test for use on return (if required – dependent on vaccination status)

Step 2

Reentering the UK. Before embarking on a flight back to the UK you may or may not need to take a COVID test. Have a look at the government publication to help you work out what you need to do. The day you arrive back in the UK is Day 0. This is important for step 3

Step 3

The day you arrive back in the UK is Day 0.

If you are fully vaccinated then you do not need to quarantine

If you have not been vaccinated under an approved vaccine scheme then you will need to take a Day 2 test that you pre-booked prior to travel.

COVID Test Checklist

Several weeks before departure (or as soon as possible if time is short)

  • Head to the FCO website and check the entry requirements for the destination country. Some countries want the test done a certain amount of time before arriving at the destination, others before departure. Some want PCR tests others want Rapid Antigen. Be aware this can change at very short notice!
  • Book your Fit to Fly test. Ensure you have thoroughly understood the entry requirements for the country you are visiting.

Closer to the departure date and the Fit to Fly appointment:

  • Book your Day 2 test (if required, dependent on vaccination status) so it is ready in your home for when you return.
  • Recheck the FCO website to ensure no changes to the entry requirements have occurred since you last checked.
  • If applicable, research where you might get a COVID test done in your destination country so you are not panicking when trying to return to the UK.

At your Fit to Fly appointment:

  • Attend the appointment. It’s your responsibility to ensure you have booked the right appointment and have the correct type of test done. .

Around 24 hours after your Fit to Fly appointment you should get your result and certificate, just in time for your flight.

Bon Voyage!