travel testing guide on the UK's most popular holiday destinations

Travel testing guide for the UKโ€™s most popular holiday destinations

PCR? Lateral Flow? 48 or 72 hours? Quarantine or no quarantine? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฏ  Each country has its own Covid-19 travel rules to follow – both before you leave the UK and on arrival. Weโ€™ve listed the key requirements for some of the most popular holiday destinations from the UK. 

The information in this guide is reviewed and updated regularly. Last updated: 07/09/21. 

Please ensure you review the Foreign Office guidance and government and tourist websites for your destination. The arrival information is for entry into England only. If you are travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please check here as the requirements may be different. 

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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

๐Ÿšฆ: Green Watchlist

Who can enter Croatia โœ…?

Croatia is open for travellers from all countries with various entry requirements.

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

Yes – for all travellers aged 12 years and over, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not. 

No – for all children under the age of 12 years accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window โณ: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No. 

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed Traveller Health Declaration (completed 24 hours before arrival)

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Croatia.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Croatia is on the green watchlist. 

Everyone entering England from a green list country does not need to quarantine, but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information โ„น๏ธ? https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 

๐Ÿšฆ: Amber List

Who can enter France โœ…?

All fully vaccinated travellers from the UK. Non-fully vaccinated travellers from the UK must give an essential reason to be allowed to enter France. 

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for children aged 12 and over travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated but are allowed to enter France for essential reasons. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window โณ: 

48 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults and accompanying over 12s. 

Yes – 7 days isolation for not fully vaccinated adults and accompanying over 12s.

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed Sworn Statement
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in France.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

France is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasnโ€™t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/deplacements


๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

๐Ÿšฆ: Green List

Who can enter Germany โœ…?

Germany is open for Citizens and Residents, Family Members, and Diplomats. UK residents may only enter Germany if they are serving an important role, there is an urgent need to travel, or if they are fully vaccinated. 

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

No – for travellers who have proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

N.B. Minors between the ages of 12-17 are only allowed to enter Germany if they have an urgent need or if they have been fully vaccinated. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window โณ: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

Yes – for travellers arriving in Germany from a high-risk area (e.g. the UK) have to quarantine for 10 days on entering Germany. Travellers arriving in Germany after having been in a high-risk area can end their home quarantine early if they submit proof of vaccination or proof of recovery via the entry portal. Alternatively, from day 5 they also have the option of doing a โ€œtest to releaseโ€ and submitting proof of a negative test.

Yes – for children under the age of 12 years. 10 days quarantine on arrival but can end early by presenting a vaccination / recovery certificate. Alternatively, quarantine can be ended early with a negative Covid-19 test on the fifth day after entry.

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed Digital Registration on Entry.
  2. Vaccination Proof: NHS vaccination certificate.

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Germany.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Germany is on the green list. 

Everyone entering England from a green list country does not need to quarantine but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany

https://uk.diplo.de/uk-en/02/coronavirus


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท 

๐Ÿšฆ: Amber List

Who can enter Greece โœ…?

Greece is allowing entry for EU and Schengen citizens, and for individuals residing permanently in the US, EU, and Schengen states, and certain other countries. 

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

No – for travellers who have proof of recovery from Covid-19 (a positive PCR result dated 30-180 days before travel).

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

Yes – for children aged 12 or over. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

PCR Fit to Fly Tests only. 

Testing window โณ: 

72 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No.

N.B. You may have to take a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival in Greece, with a quarantine in a hotel for at least 10 days if positive. You may also have to self-isolate if other passengers on your flight or ferry test positive for Covid-19.

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed Passenger Locator Form.
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Greece.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Greece is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasnโ€™t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece

https://travel.gov.gr/#/


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

๐Ÿšฆ: Amber List

Who can enter Italy โœ…?

Italy is open for travellers arriving from within the EU and Schengen member countries, as well as those arriving from countries defined as safe by the EU. 

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

Yes – for all travellers over the age of 6 years. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window โณ: 

48 hours before entry to Italy.

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers.
Yes – for unvaccinated travellers and those arriving without proof of vaccination and a negative test will be required to self-isolate for 5 days. 

N.B. Travellers will need to contact the regional health office (ASL) to inform them where you will be completing the quarantine period as you will be under surveillance. A test will be required at the end of the 5 day period.

Children under the age of 6, from the UK, do not need to test but are not exempt from self-isolation. 

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed online digital form.

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Italy.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Italy is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasnโ€™t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy


๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น

๐Ÿšฆ: Green List

Who can enter Malta โœ…?

Anyone aged 12 and over can travel to Malta as long as they hold a certificate of full vaccination for an EMA-approved COVID 19 Vaccine, including EU Digital COVID Certificates, Maltese and NHS (UK) certificates.

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for children aged 5-11 travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

N.B. Children aged 12-18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window โณ: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No. 

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed online Passenger Locator Form
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Malta.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Malta is on the green list. 

Everyone entering England from a green list country does not need to quarantine but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta

https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx


๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal (including the Azores) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

๐Ÿšฆ: Amber List

N.B. Madeira is on the green watchlist. The Azores will move to the green list at 4am on Monday 30th August. 

Who can travel to Portugal โœ…?

All travellers from the UK can enter Portugal, however, there are entry restrictions. If you travel to mainland Portugal from the UK, you must quarantine for 14 days unless you can prove you are fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccination. Children under 18 years travelling with a fully vaccinated adult do not have to quarantine. 

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers. 

Yes – for all travellers who are not fully-vaccinated aged 12 and over.

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window โณ: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers. 

No – for children under 18 years old, as long as they travel accompanied by their parents, or a guardian who is fully vaccinated.

Yes – for 14 days, for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. All travellers: a completed Passenger Locator Card.
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland
3. For unvaccinated travellers: a completed Isolation Form.

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Portugal.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Portugal is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasnโ€™t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

Madeira is on the green watchlist. The Azores are being added to the green list on Monday 30th August. If you arrive before 4am on 30th August from the Azores, please follow the rules above. If arriving after 4am 30th August, follow the rules below. 

Everyone entering England from a green watchlist country does not need to quarantine but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal


๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿšฆ: Amber list

Who can travel to Spain โœ…?

Spain is open for travellers arriving from within the EU and Schengen member countries, as well as those arriving from certain other third countries listed in the Annex or for travellers with valid vaccination certificates.

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for children aged 12 and over travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

PCR Fit to Fly Tests only. 

Testing window โณ: 

72 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No.

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

  1. A completed Health Control Form (completed no more than 48 hours before travelling to Spain by air or sea)
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Spain.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasnโ€™t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿšฆ: Amber list

Who can travel to the USA โœ…?

It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, and a number of other countries, within the previous 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members, and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.

Departure test required ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿค”? 

Yes – for all travellers.

Which departure tests are accepted? 

The USA requires pre-departure tests to meet the requirements stated by the CDC. Tests can be either antigen tests or PCR tests. Self-tests (e.g. at home test kits) are acceptable if they include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. 

Testing window โณ: 

No more than 3 days before departure. 

Quarantine on arrival ๐Ÿ ? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers with an FDA-authorised vaccine. Travellers must complete a viral test (e.g. Antigen or PCR test) 3 to 5 days after travel.  

No – for those who have recovered from a documented case of Covid-19 within the last 3 months. These individuals should follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers, with the exception of testing 3 to 5 days after travel.

Yes, for 7 days – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travellers must complete a viral test (e.g. Antigen or PCR test) 3 to 5 days after travel.  

Required arrival documentation ๐Ÿ“?

Consult the US State Department website to determine which documents you will need. 

Pre-return test required ๐Ÿง?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ•“:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted โœ…?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in the USA.ย 

Arrival tests & quarantine ๐Ÿ›ฌ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿค”?

The USA  is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasnโ€™t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information โ„น๏ธ?

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/u-s-visa-and-travel-faqs/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa

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Covid-19 Test Kit Activation

Why do I need to activate my Covid-19 test?

It is important to activate your Covid-19 test kit(s) – both PCR and Lateral Flow Antigen – in order to receive your results. Kit activation links your test swab to your Project Screen account, meaning we can send your results to you via email. 

Failing to activate your test kit may result in lost samples and/or delayed results.

Can I activate my test kit early to understand the process?

Do not activate your test kit early in order to see what youโ€™ll need to do for your test. To see an overview of the full testing process for PCR tests and Lateral Flow Antigen tests, click on the test names here to watch our step-by-step instruction videos. 

When should I activate my Covid-19 test?

Whether you have bought an individual test kit or a bundle of tests, use the information below to learn when you should activate your test kit(s).

Important Information: The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. 

Click on the type of test below to jump to the activation information for that specific test kit.

Fit to Fly PCR Test

Day 2 PCR Test

Day 8 PCR Test

Day 5 Test to Release Test

Health Check PCR Test

Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Antigen Test 

Remote Return Lateral Flow Antigen Test

PCR Home Test Kits

When should I activate my Fit to Fly PCR test?

The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. Your travel provider will use this date and time to check your test result was carried out at the correct time to fulfil your travel requirements. 

Therefore, you should activate your test kit within the timeframe specified by your travel provider and/or destinationโ€™s government. Most commonly, this is less than 48 or 72 hours before your time of departure. Search for “entry requirements to [destination]” or visit Gov.UK foreign travel advice.

For example, if you are due to travel abroad on Saturday at 12pm, and your destination has a 48 hour window for taking your test, you will need to take your test from 12pm on Thursday onwards.  

Or, if you are due to travel abroad on Saturday at 12pm, and your destination has a 72 hour window for taking your test, you will need to take your test from 12pm on Wednesday onwards.  


When should I activate my Day 2 PCR test?

The day you arrive in England is day 0. The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. 

– Day 2 test: activate on Day 0, Day 1 or Day 2.

For example, if you arrive in England on Monday, you can take your Day 2 Test on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. 


When should I activate my Day 8 PCR test?

The day you arrive in England is day 0. The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. 

– Day 8 test: activate on Day 8 or after Day 8, but not before. 

For example, if you arrive in England on Monday, you can take your Day 8 Test from the following Tuesday onwards. 

Important: All test kits must be activated individually. Even if you have activated your Day 2 test, you MUST activate your Day 8 test. 


When should I activate my Day 5 Test to Release PCR test?

The day you arrive in England is day 0. The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. 

– Day 5 test: activate on Day 5 or after Day 5, but not before.ย 

For example, if you arrive in England on Monday, you can take your Day 5 Test from Saturday onwards. 

Important: All test kits must be activated individually. Even if you have activated your Day 2 test, you MUST activate your Day 5 and 8 tests. 


When should I activate my Health Check PCR test?

The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. If you are taking the test in order to attend an event, visit family, or travel, please ensure that you take the test within the required timeframe, if necessary. 


Lateral Flow Antigen Tests

When should I activate my Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Antigen test?

The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. Your travel provider will this use date and time to check your test result was carried out at the correct time to fulfil your travel requirements.

Therefore, you should activate your test kit within the timeframe specified by your travel provider and/or government. Most commonly, this is less than 48 or 72 hours before your time of departure. Search for “entry requirements to [destination]” or visit Gov.UK foreign travel advice.

For example, if you are due to travel abroad on Saturday at 12pm, and your destination has a 48 hour window for taking your test, you will need to take your test from Thursday at 12pm onwards.  

Or, if you are due to travel abroad on Saturday at 12pm, and your destination has a 72 hour window for taking your test, you will need to take your test from Wednesday at 12pm onwards.  

While lateral flow antigen results typically are delivered within 20 minutes, we recommend taking your test at least 12 hours before you are due to travel to avoid any unexpected delays.


When should I activate my Remote Return Lateral Flow Antigen test?

The date and time that you choose to activate your kit is the exact date and time that will show on your results document as “Sample Collection Date and Time”. Your travel provider will this use date and time to check your test result was carried out at the correct time to fulfil your travel requirements.

The UK Government requires travellers to England to take a pre-departure test in the 3 days before the flight on which they will arrive in England. 

For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you can take the test on or after Tuesday. You will need to have the negative result available before boarding on Friday. 

While lateral flow antigen results typically are delivered within 20 minutes, we recommend taking your test at least 12 hours before you are due to travel to avoid any unexpected delays.

Activate by typing in barcode found on your PCR test kit

How to Take Your at-Home PCR Test

If you have bought an at-home PCR COVID-19 test from Project Screen by Prenetics, this video will help you take the test in the right way. Please ensure you have access to the internet when you take your test.

How to take the test

Some home PCR tests may differ from others, so be sure to follow these instructions to activate your kit correctly and swab effectively.

What youโ€™ll need:

  • The contents of your kit
  • A phone, tablet or computer with internet

Also:

  • Please do not eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes prior to the test
  • The whole process should only take a few minutes

Activating your kit

  • You should only activate your kit at the time of taking your PCR test 
  • Do not activate your kit ahead of time, as your sample collection time may not fit within the specific timeframe required for a valid test result, e.g. 72 hours before travelling
  • If you are travelling, refer to your travel details or government guidelines for when you should do your test 

Preparing to take your sample

Set yourself down on a clean table and unpack the kit. Youโ€™ll find:

  • A small box
  • A request form
  • A medical bag
  • An absorbant pad
  • A swab collection tube
  • A swab.

Zap the QR code on the form with your phone camera or head to web.projectscreen.co.uk to activate your kit. Log on with the same details you used when you purchased the kit or create your profile if you donโ€™t have one already. 

Zap the QR Code for your at home PCR test

In the website navigation, please choose activate. Choose PCR and activate by typing in the barcode from the request form:

Activate by typing in barcode found on your PCR test kit

Now complete the rest of the details:

  • State the purpose of the test, fit to fly, or a returning travel option
  • Complete the request form with your full name and the date you are collecting the sample
  • Tick the appropriate box to identify the test type on the request form
  • Confirm that request form and the details on the app match and select submit to activate your kit

Now itโ€™s time to swab!

Taking your sample

Wash your hands like a pro. Thatโ€™s 20 seconds, all around and all over.

Head to your nearest mirror with your swab and collection tube.

Loosen the top of the tube.

Swab your mouth, making contact with the five areas shown in the back of your throat. This includes your left posterior wall, left tonsil, uvula, right tonsil and right posterior wall. 

Now, head to one nostril with the same swab and insert vertically until you meet a light pressure.

Swab all around for 5 seconds and hold for 5 further seconds.

Repeat on the other nostril.

Put the swab in the tube, snap it off at the break point, and seal tightly. Ensure the tube contains fluid and that the solution stays in the tube once you seal it. 

Head back to your table.

Put the tube in the swab bag with the absorbent pad and seal.

Put the sealed bag into the test kit box with the request form.

Close the box and pack into the return mailer bag.

Returning your sample

Head to the Royal Mail website and find your nearest priority postbox. Return your test on the day you take it, before the last collection.

Alternatively, you could drop your completed sample at one of our local test pods or arrange a private courier. You can find more information about our sample return options here: projectscreen.co.uk/delivery_returns/

You will receive an email notification when your sample has arrived at our laboratory for analysis. Once the sample has been processed, you will receive an email with your results.

From the email you will be linked to the Project Screen website when you can view your result.

If your result is negative, you can continue life as normal.

If your result is positive, follow the Governmentโ€™s guidelines.

Thatโ€™s a wrap. Good luck and stay safe with Project Screen by Prenetics.