COVID Fit to Fly Testing

COVID Fit to Fly Testing

Restrictions in the UK have now come to an end (although the threat of COVID hasn’t) and here at Peak Pharmacy, we are delighted to help you see the world again with our fit to fly covid test and travel certificate which can be taken away to swab from the comfort of your own home or self-swabbed in the pharmacy.

PCR Fit to Fly Price: £85

Available at our St Peter Street, Derby and Wheatbridge Road, Chesterfield pharmacies.

Lateral Flow Test Price: £20

Available at all pharmacies listed in the service location column.

Our COVID Test

Peak Pharmacy provide 2 approved testing services, certified self-swab lateral flow testing (LFT) and lab-based PCR testing.

Our nasal swab LFT kits are highly accurate CE marked government approved test kits. These kits are highly effective at detecting asymptomatic COVID infections and are suitable for use to enter some countries of the world.

Our swab antigen RT-PCR test is carried out at a UK accredited laboratory and has a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100% meaning you and your airline can be confident that the result is accurate.

An RT-PCR test is a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction test and it is currently the most accurate form of testing available.

How much does it cost?

Our PCR tests are priced at £85 for a test and our LFTs are £20.

It is your responsibility to choose the correct test and to get the timing of your test right otherwise you may not be able to fly. 

Please speak with your airline and/or check the FCO website for country-specific information on timings and suitable tests as they may vary.

Want a home COVID fit to fly test?

No problem our LFTs are intended for use at home our PCR swabs are usually done in the pharmacy but can be taken away to return at a later date if preferred.  Please get in touch with your local participating branch of the Peak Pharmacy group to find out more, but be assured the test couldn’t be easier, with instructional videos and a scannable QR code. Make sure you buy your COVID test early though so you can plan ahead.

Unfortunately, not all Peak Pharmacy stores are involved in the COVID fit to fly certification initiative, but more will be added in due course, so please check back often to see if your local branch is involved..

When should I get tested for COVID pre-flight?

Unfortunately, this depends on your destination. In the first instance please get in touch with your airline or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for more information.

Lab-based PCR testing – Results

Our laboratory partners usually provide next day results by email, with courier collection from the pharmacy Monday-Friday.

Lateral Flow Tests – results

If your destination country will accept an LFT, the turnaround time is even quicker with results usually back within hours!

Can I use free NHS COVID tests for travel?

Unfortunately, you cannot use NHS testing services for travel. The free NHS service is intended for members of the public who are symptomatic or at risk of infection due to contact with a confirmed positive case.

The NHS service does not generate a certificate either to prove your negative COVID status.

Service Disclaimer

What are you responsible for?

It is your responsibility as the customer to ensure that you:

  • Choose an appropriate test for your destination. Not all countries want an antigen RT-PCR test, some are happy with a rapid antigen test, aka LFT.
  • Select the appropriate time. Whilst most countries expect 72 hours prior to departure, some may want 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • If posting yourself, choose an appropriate courier.

Peak Pharmacy waives all responsibility for test results not arriving back in time for your flight. 

Liability Statement

Peak Pharmacy will not be held liable for any circumstances beyond our control or any expenses that you may incur as a result of a test result not arriving back from the laboratory in time.  For example, circumstances beyond our control could include lost parcels, inconclusive tests, positive tests, lab delays or courier issues leading to a refusal to enter a country/board the plane.  This list is not exhaustive and is for illustrative purposes only.

Which pharmacies are providing COVID PCR Tests?

COVID fit for fly testing Pharmacies are located in many of our Peak Pharmacy branches from Milton Keynes to Manchester. To schedule an appointment or find out more simply give our pharmacist a call.

Arrival back in the UK

Chances are you are leaving the UK, and are planning to return. If this is the case then you need to know what to do on return. The latest government update has removed the Amber and Green List but for more information about quarantine requirements on return to the UK read the latest DHSC advice.

Need more information?

Please phone one of our pharmacy teams at the listed COVID Fit to Fly locations

Find a pharmacy


Cox & Robinson Olney

14 Market Place, Olney MK46 4BA

Peak Pharmacy Bletchley

239 Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 2EH

Peak Pharmacy Melrose Avenue

13 Melrose Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6PB

Peak Pharmacy Bath Street

27-29 Bath Street, Ilkeston DE7 8AH

Peak Pharmacy Buxton

Scarsdale Place, Buxton SK17 6EF

Peak Pharmacy Dronfield

5 Greendale Centre, Green Lane, Dronfield S18 2LJ

Peak Pharmacy Halfway

1 Oxclose Park Road North, Halfway S20 8GN

Peak Pharmacy St Peter’s Street

99-101 St Peter's Street, Derby, DE1 2AB

Peak Pharmacy Wheatbridge Road

Wheatbridge Road, Chesterfield S40 2AB

Peak Pharmacy Leigh Health Centre

Leigh Health Centre, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1HR

Peak Pharmacy Stretford

431 Barton Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 9PA

Peak Pharmacy Loughborough Road

185 Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7JR