Travel Update: Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen Test launching on 24th Oct

Today, 15th October 2021, the UK Government has announced that from Sunday, 24th October fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England can take a lateral flow antigen test on or before arrival day 2, instead of a PCR test.

These changes will come into effect from 24th October, however, the tests will be available to buy from a UK Government listed private provider on 22nd October. The day 2 lateral flow antigen tests will be available to families planning to go away for the October half-term holiday. 

Project Screen by Prenetics is one of 20 private providers selling Day 2 Antigen test kits.

What do UK arrivals need to do? 

From 22nd October, fully vaccinated travellers can purchase a Day 2 Lateral Flow Antigen test kit for UK arrivals from 24th October. With Project Screen, order before 2pm to receive kits the next day via DPD Next Day Delivery. We recommend purchasing this day 2 arrival test at least 24 hours before arriving in the UK. The UK Government requires all UK arrivals to add the test(s) booking reference number to their Passenger Locator Form. Booking reference numbers are sent in our order confirmation emails. 

On or before arrival day 2, follow the online instructions to self-swab, process your results and upload a results photo. You’ll receive your results within 20 minutes and photo verification within 12 hours. 

Do children need to test?

The rules for children depend on age and country of residence.
Children residing in the UK or in a country with an approved vaccination programme:
– If they are aged 4 and under they do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests
– 5 to 17-year-olds must take a day 2 test on or before day 2 – arrival day is day 0.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in any country that is not on the approved vaccination programme list must:
– take a COVID-19 test (if aged 11 or above) before travelling to England
– take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 in England – arrival day is day 0
– take a COVID-19 test on or after day 8 in England – arrival day is day 0
– quarantine at home or in the place they’re staying for 10 days, or for the duration of their stay if it’s less than 10 days

Children aged 4 or under from these other countries do not have to take travel tests. They must follow quarantine rules.

What if I have already bought a PCR test?

The UK Government has said that those who have already bought a PCR do not need to buy another test. The arrival test must be taken as soon as possible on or before the second day of a passenger’s arrival in the UK.

Please refer to our Refund Policy if you wish to cancel a Day 2 PCR test.

Who qualifies as an eligible fully vaccinated UK arrival?

Travellers arriving from non-red list countries can use Project Screen arrival tests. Which arrival test depends on whether travellers have been fully vaccinated in one of the UK Government’s eligible vaccination countries or not. You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body.

You qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:
– under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
– with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

What do I do if I don’t qualify as fully vaccinated?

If you are fully vaccinated but do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules above, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. Travel from the rest of the world if you are not fully vaccinated:

From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you:
– do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
– are partially vaccinated
– are not vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:
– take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
– book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
– complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:
– quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
– take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

What are the new travel rules and when are the requirements changing?

🚨TRAVEL UPDATE🚨

In a statement last Friday, 17th September 2021, Transport Security, Grant Schapps, announced that there are some upcoming changes to the rules and requirements that travellers must follow when travelling to and from England. 

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories and a rest of world list. Testing requirements will be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test when travelling to England from Monday 4th October. From the end of October, eligible vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace the PCR day 2 test with a Lateral Flow Antigen day 2 test

There is a lot of information but what does it say (or not say!), when will it come into play, and what are we, Project Screen, going to be updating? 

What we knowWhat is unclearKey datesFuture Project Screen updates / explanation
8 destinations will be removed from the red list (see list below)22nd September
2021
Remove country block on these 8 destinations for ordering arrival tests
The traffic light system is changing:

There will be no green/amber lists

There will continue to be a red list
The arrival requirements for previously ‘green countries’ look like they will become stricter following this update. Arrivals will have to test on days 2 & 8 and self-isolate for 10 days4th October 2021Removal of reference to green/amber Covid-19 arrival tests
Following the success of the US & EU vaccination pilot, England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from 17 new countries and territories (see list below). These travellers will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers – known as “eligible vaccinated travellers”What does this mean for children travelling with eligible vaccinated travellers?4th October 2021The information on our website will be updated to match this information. 
Arrivals before 4th October should follow the existing traffic light system & products on our website. For arrivals from 4th October, tests will be updated to reflect the new vaccinated/unvaccinated terminology
Testing for unvaccinated travellers from non-red list countries will be required to take PCR arrival tests on days 2, 8 (& have the option of day 5 – Test to Release), and self-isolate for 10 days. Travellers are known as “unvaccinated” if they do not meet the vaccination eligibility (as mentioned above)The date for the next update on future countries to be accepted as “eligible vaccinated” travellers4th October 2021We will continue to sell the Day 2 and 8 test bundle, with the add-on option of the Day 5 Test to Release test kit
Eligible vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test before travelling to England (e.g. the Antigen Lateral Flow test)What does this mean for children travelling with eligible vaccinated travellers?4th October 2021We will continue to sell the Antigen Lateral Flow test kit for unvaccinated travellers to carry abroad with them to test before returning to England
Day 2 PCR testing will remain until the end of October for all travellers – both eligible vaccinated and unvaccinated travellersOngoingIf you are planning to travel after 4th October, and we haven’t launched the vaccinated/unvaccinated Day 2 test, you can continue to purchase either a Green Day 2 or Amber Day 2 test
If you are planning to travel after 4th October, and we haven’t launched the vaccinated/unvaccinated Day 2 test, you can continue to purchase either a Green Day 2 or Amber Day 2 testThe exact date of the switch over to Lateral Flow Antigen testing for eligible vaccinated travellers is unknownUnknown – end of OctoberIn October, we will launch a Lateral Flow Antigen Day 2 arrival test for eligible vaccinated travellers

Which countries are being removed from the red list on 22nd September?

Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya

From which countries will fully vaccinated travellers be “eligible vaccinated travellers” and will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers?

From 4 am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:

  • under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised
  • under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body

You must:

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

You do not need to:

  • take a pre-departure test
  • take a day 8 COVID-19 test
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:

  • forename and surname(s)
  • date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding.

If you are fully vaccinated in the US, will also need to prove that you are a resident of the US.

If you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

In the UK, ‘fully vaccinated’ means you’ve had either:

  • 2 doses of an approved 2 dose vaccine (such as Pfizer or AstraZeneca)
  • one dose of an approved single dose vaccine (such as Janssen)

You must have had your final dose at least 14 whole days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

2 dose vaccines

If you were vaccinated with a 2 dose vaccine (such as Moderna or Pfizer) you must have had both doses to be considered fully vaccinated. This applies in all cases, even if you have recently recovered from COVID-19 and have natural immunity. Those who have had COVID-19 and have only had one dose of a 2 dose vaccine must follow the rules for unvaccinated arrivals.

Each dose must be with the same (MHRA, EMA, Swissmedic or FDA) approved vaccine. For example, if your first dose was Moderna your second dose must also be Moderna.

For the UK programmes you can have one dose under the UK vaccination programme and the other under the UK vaccine overseas programme.

Single-dose vaccines

If you had an approved one-dose vaccine, such as Janssen, you are fully vaccinated.

Proving you’ve been fully vaccinated

You’ll need to show your travel operator and border control proof you’ve been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

You’ll also need to confirm that you’ve been fully vaccinated and can show suitable proof on your passenger locator form.

If you cannot (or prefer not to) show proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated you must follow the rules for those who are unvaccinated.

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

Travel testing guide for the UK’s most popular holiday destinations

PCR? Lateral Flow? 48 or 72 hours? Quarantine or no quarantine? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤯  Each country has its own Covid-19 travel rules to follow – both before you leave the UK and on arrival. We’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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🇭🇷 Croatia 🇭🇷

🚦: Green Watchlist

Who can enter Croatia ✅?

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

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No. 

Required arrival documentation 📝?

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

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 ℹ️? https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia


🇫🇷 France 🇫🇷 

🚦: Amber List

Who can enter France ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

48 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

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 📝?

  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 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 hasn’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 ℹ️?

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

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


🇩🇪 Germany 🇩🇪

🚦: Green List

Who can enter Germany ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

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 “test to release” 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 📝?

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

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 ℹ️?

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

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


🇬🇷 Greece 🇬🇷 

🚦: Amber List

Who can enter Greece ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

72 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

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 📝?

  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 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 hasn’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 ℹ️?

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

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


🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹

🚦: Amber List

Who can enter Italy ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

48 hours before entry to Italy.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

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 📝?

  1. A completed online digital form.

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 hasn’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 ℹ️?

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


🇲🇹 Malta 🇲🇹

🚦: Green List

Who can enter Malta ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No. 

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  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 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 ℹ️?

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

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


🇵🇹 Portugal (including the Azores) 🇵🇹

🚦: 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 ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

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 📝?

  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 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 hasn’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 ℹ️?

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

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


🇪🇸 Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) 🇪🇸

🚦: Amber list

Who can travel to Spain ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

72 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No.

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  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 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 hasn’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 ℹ️?

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


🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸

🚦: Amber list

Who can travel to the USA ✅?

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 🛫🤔? 

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 ⏳: 

No more than 3 days before departure. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

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 📝?

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

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

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

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

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 hasn’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 ℹ️?

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

Lateral Flow Antigen Test By Project Screen

How to Take the Lateral Flow Antigen Test by Project Screen

If you have bought a Lateral Flow Antigen 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.

About the Project Screen Lateral Flow Antigen Test

Lateral Flow Antigen tests provide a fast and effective way for people to travel safely between countries and socialise with other people without spreading COVID. Not all countries accept a lateral flow test, so do check the government list for more information.

How to Take the Test

A Project Screen Lateral Flow test is a little different from an NHS test as you must upload a photo of the result to your account on the Project Screen website. We will then verify the result and update your profile so that you can travel safely.

To take the test, you’ll need the contents of your box, which include:

  • Lateral flow cassette
  • Swab
  • Re-agent tube

It’s also worth having a bin to the side for your used materials.

Before taking the test, you’ll need to update your profile.

  • Scan the QR code with your mobile phone. Start by completing your personal details, including your passport number, name and address
  • Click on ‘activate your kit’ and choose Lateral Flow Antigen
  • Enter the code from the inside of the box

Now get everything ready for the test:

  • Read the instructions
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Unbox the Lateral Flow cassette
  • Open the tube and place it in the card stand
  • Rotate the swab 5 times brushing against the inside of the nostril
  • Repeat on the other nostril
  • Put the swab in the tube to mix the reagent with your specimen and rotate for 30 seconds
  • Lightly squeeze the tube as you remove the swab extract as much specimen as possible
  • Add the dropper tip firmly onto the tube
  • Mix the solution thoroughly by swirling the bottom of the tube
  • Add 4 drops of the mixture to the specimen well on the test cassette.
  • Start the timer which is set for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes you can read the result
  • Do not interpret the result after 30 mins

Now you have to confirm the result. Choose one of the 4 options:

  1. Just C
  2. Both C and T (even if T is faint)
  3. Neither C nor T
  4. Just T

Then take a photo of the result and confirm the photo matches your submission. Place the rest of the test components in the waste bag and bin them.

Getting Your COVID 19 Test Result

Your COVID-19 test result will be released within a few minutes in the web app. During exceptionally busy times, please allow up to two hours. We’d recommend taking your test during business hours in case you need to contact our customer support team for queries or additional guidance.

Once your result is ready, you’ll be able to see it in the web app. We’ll also email you a notification for your records.

If your result is negative, you can set about your plans as normal. If your result is positive, follow the Government’s guidelines.

Good luck and stay safe with Project Screen by Prenetics.

International Arrivals Change From Green List to Amber List: Portugal

Quick information

Use the following information to discover what options you have for making changes to your order, purchasing an additional PCR test to take on day 8, or how to cancel your order and request a refund.

I’m in Portugal and I require Amber Tests (Day 2 and Day 8) within the next hour, but I have already purchased a Green Day 2 test.

  1. Buy Amber (Day 2 and Day 8) home-kit package here
  2. Email refunds@projectscreen.co.uk with (i) your name and (ii) flight date and (iii) booking confirmation
  3. We will get back to you to arrange a refund for your original Green Day 2 test. Usually our refunds are processed within 48 hours, but occasionally refunds can take 3 to 5 days.

We are sorry if there’s any inconvenience from purchasing duplicate tests over a short period of time. Unfortunately, we cannot always offer refunds within an hour, so making another purchase may be the quickest solution.

I’ll be returning from Portugal next week. I need to add on a new Day 8 test to my existing Day 2 purchase over the next few days.

  1. Keep your existing Green Day 2 test purchase and don’t make changes to that booking
  2. Email travelchanges@projectscreen.co.uk with (i) your flight date. We will get back to you with a link to purchase a standalone Day 8 test. This link can be used to reduce the price to equal an Amber Arrivals package. Your existing Day 2 test and new Day 8 test will complete your Amber Arrivals (Day 2 and 8) test package.

I need to change or refund my test purchase for a return flight taking place after next week, from 14th June.

  1. For refunds, please email refunds@projectscreen.co.uk. Please include details of your request including evidence of your affected flight booking.
  2. To make a change to your purchase, please email travelchanges@projectscreen.co.uk with details of your request.

What Do I Need to Know About Changes to The UK Government Green List?

On 9th April, the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, revealed that foreign countries will be classified into green, amber and red destinations. This is part of the UK’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions and resume international travel in the coming months. 

Yesterday, on 3rd June 2021, the UK Government announced that Portugal will move from the Green list to the Amber list. The change will take effect at 4.00 am on Tuesday 8th June. One part of travel plans to be impacted are the Covid-19 test requirements for arrivals into the UK. For Amber countries, arrivals are required to purchase a Day 2 and Day 8 ‘Travel Test Package’ in advance of their flight into the UK. This purchase provides the test booking reference number. The test booking reference number needs to be added to your passenger locator form before you fly into the UK.

After placing your Day 2 and Day 8 order, you will find the reference number for your tests on the Order Confirmation screen of our app. You will also receive an Order Confirmation email that includes your tests reference number. If you are at all unsure or can’t see your reference number, you can speak to our team by emailing care@projectscreen.co.uk. Please remember to check your spam/junk folder in your email inbox for the order confirmation.

Before boarding your flight into the UK, the airline might check your email purchase confirmation for your arrivals tests. We strongly advise you purchase all required tests before you fly. This means if you have a Green Day 2 test booked, but your country of embarkation has turned from Green to Amber, you should have Amber Day 2 and Day 8 tests booked before you fly. To do this, you should book either a new Amber Day 2 and 8 test package. Or you should book a standalone Day 8 package to be used with your existing Day 2 test. As of 4th June 2021, Project Screen doesn’t offer a standalone Day 8 test but it will be ready over the weekend. If you need a Day 2 and Day 8 test immediately, we recommend buying a new Day 2 and 8 package here. Then contact us for a refund on your existing Day 2 test at refunds@projectscreen.co.uk.

Lady taking a lateral flow test

Lateral Flow Testing

You may have heard the Government talking about Lateral Flow or Lateral Flow Antigen testing, which is a fast and affordable method of testing for COVID-19.

These tests are useful, as you can do them yourself at home, overseas, or under the supervision of a trained professional. The key difference between RT-PCR testing and lateral flow is that the test result is shown on a small handheld device.

How the Lateral Flow Antigen Test Works

The lateral flow antigen devices used by Project Screen collect cells from the nose which are then mixed with a reagent and placed into the lateral flow cassette. In about 10 minutes your result is indicated in the lateral flow device in the form of coloured bars.

timing a lateral flow test using an iphone

You can do the lateral flow test in a personal or professional setting and get the results right then and there—this is slightly different from other types of COVID-19 testing:

  • RT-PCR tests send samples to a lab or for processing and typically take 24 hrs to turn around
  • OxLAMP technology can be used in settings like Airports where a mobile lab can provide results in less than two hours

Is the Lateral Flow Test for COVID-19 Accurate?

In a word: Yes.

While RT-PCR and OxLAMP tests are the most accurate, a press release published by the UK Department of Health and Social Care (March 2021) stated that: Lateral flow tests can show a specificity of 99.9%. This means, fewer than one false positive in every 1,000 tests carried out.

Further good news is that this research was carried out using millions of people which is important for scientific rigour. In the same article, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“This new data further confirms what we know – these rapid tests are extremely accurate and are helping dramatically curb COVID cases. On Monday alone, we conducted over 1.5 million tests.”

It’s worth mentioning that these lateral flow tests were carried out in a supervised setting, which means that expert instruction was given to the participants and the test was processed by qualified individuals.

Lateral Flow Testing at Home

A huge advantage of lateral flow testing is that an individual can take the test at home and process their own test result.

using swab for COVID-19 lateral flow test

To keep standards high, some precautions can be taken to maximise the accuracy of the lateral flow test. These include:

  • Having clean and sanitized hands
  • Working in a clean environment
  • Making sure that a good connection is made between the swab and nose
  • Ensuring enough sample is collected from the nose
  • Mixing the sample with the regent effectively
  • Reading the result after 10 mins, but before 20 mins

Lateral Flow Testing and Travel

Privately bought lateral flow tests can be used for travel in two main ways.

Travelling out of England 

For some countries lateral flow tests are applicable as a Fit to Fly test, whereas for other countries you will need a PCR test. Note, you can’t use an NHS test for travel purposes. You can read more about travelling to other countries in this blog post and in this government article.

Travelling into England

Before travelling into England, you’ll need to do a COVID-19 test three days before departure. As part of a round trip, starting in the UK, this is usually a lateral flow antigen test. Also note, you can’t use an NHS test for travel purposes. You can read more about travelling into the UK in this blog post.

Project Screen and Lateral Flow Testing

Lateral flow testing is both fast and economical, which means it’s great for testing people several times a week, for travel, or for events, professional and personal reasons.

Lateral Flow Antigen tests are part of our offer with Virgin Atlantic, where you can buy a bundle containing a lateral flow test, to suit your travel plans. For the destinations that Virgin flies to, we have a calculator to help you understand what kind of test you need.

Virgin Atlantic Flies to Several Amber Countries

We have recently used lateral flow testing with Mustard Foods, where we trained their staff on how to take a sample and run the test themselves.

Are you going on holiday?

Read our travel blog posts:

The Holiday Maker’s Guide to COVID Testing

What is Fit to Fly in 1 minute?

Lateral Flow Test for COVID-19

Lateral Flow Antigen Testing for International Travel

If you’re like me, you have a lovely pack of NHS lateral flow antigen tests sitting beside your work-from-home desk, waiting to be used for pertinent social or professional occasions.

You might also be thinking, “Can I use these for international travel?”

I’m afraid the answer is, “No.”

The good news is that you can use a lateral flow test before returning to the UK as part of your international travels. The even better news is that you can get one through Project Screen by Prenetics. You’ll need to take this test three days before you fly back to the UK. The government has handy guidelines on how and when to do this, especially if you’re travelling through multiple countries.

The Difference Between Home Lateral Flow Testing and International Lateral Flow Testing

Lateral flow or lateral flow antigen testing is great because you can self-test and get a result in about 10 mins. The result will be visible on a small plastic device known as the lateral flow cassette.

Where things get trickier is validating a lateral flow result before a plane ride. Airports don’t want you walking about with your test cassette and showing it to border control officers! And what’s to say that it’s not one that you did ages ago!? Unlikely, we know, but nevertheless, a better system had to be created for international travel.

Prenetics Lateral Flow Antigen Testing

Before you travel, you’ll need to have purchased a lateral flow test from us. If you’re flying long haul, you could buy one of our Virgin Atlantic tests here.

Virgin Atlantic Flies to Several Amber Countries

Our lateral flow tests are linked to the Project Screen app. Once you’ve taken your test, you’ll be asked to take a photo of it and supply the unique number that identifies the test as yours. The app will verify the test and supply the digital documentation that you need to board your flight.

COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test

How to buy lateral flow tests for travel

Right now you can buy lateral flow tests through our partnership with Virgin Atlantic. You can buy a complete bundle that will cover your trip from door to door, including Fit to Fly and Test to Release!

Happy travelling!

Guide to COVID Testing for UK Holiday Makers

The Holiday Maker’s Guide to COVID Testing

Ahoy there! The day has come: May 17th! The day when we can cautiously start to explore the world again.

If you’re flying long-haul, check out our Virgin Atlantic blog, where we describe our travel partnership. Working together with Virgin, we will help you buy bundles of COVID tests to prepare for your travels.

If you’re travelling closer to home, here’s what you need to know:

  • You’ll need to do a COVID Fit to Fly test before you go
  • You’ll need to do a test while you’re away, 3 days before your return
  • You’ll need to do further testing once you’re home

The amount of tests you need to do, and even the type of test (PCR or Lateral Flow), will depend on the country you’re visiting and whether it has been marked as green, amber or red.

Understanding the Traffic Light System for International Travel

The traffic light system marks countries as either green, amber or red.

Green list countries are attractive as you won’t need to quarantine when you get home. (Unless you test positive!) You’ll only need to do one PCR test once you’re in the UK on day 2 of returning to England.

Amber countries do require you to quarantine for 10 days when you get home. You’ll require two tests, on day 2 and day 8, once you’re back in the UK. You can shorten your quarantine with a Test to Release PCR Covid-19 test which you can take on day 5. Testing positive at any point will increase your quarantine.

Red countries require you to stay in a special quarantine hotel once you return to the UK. This is not a service available through Project Screen by Prenetics.

Before Leaving the UK

The government has a handy site that tells you about the entry requirements for your holiday destination. You can also refer to this government page with the various countries arranged by their traffic lights.

This blog will focus on Green and Amber countries.

Going Green! Here’s How To Travel to and From Green Countries

How To Travel to and From Green Countries

If you’re planning to travel to a green country, you’ll need a Fit to Fly test. Here’s where you can buy that with Project Screen—you’ll either do a home test or visit one of our testing pods—we have 20 sites across England.

When it’s time to come back to the UK, you’ll need to do a UK pre-return Lateral Flow antigen test in the green country, 3 days before your flight. Project Screen will shortly be selling these tests.

Once you’re back to Blighty, you’ll need to do one final PCR test on day 2 of your return. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive, and you must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated. You can buy a day 2 test here.

Going Amber! Here’s How To Travel to and From Amber Countries.

Traveling to and from Amber Countries

Amber countries will require a Fit to Fly test. Here’s where you can buy that with Project Screen – you’ll either do a home test or visit one of our testing pods.

When it’s time to come back to the UK, you’ll need to do a Lateral Flow test in the amber country, 3 days before your flight. Project Screen will shortly be selling these tests.

When you’re back in the UK, you’ll need to take 2 further Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of your mandatory quarantine. Explore our Amber Day 2 and 8 package here. You can also buy a third PCR COVID test if you’d like to shorten your quarantine using the UK Test to Release scheme. More on that here.

Virgin Atlantic flies to several Amber countries—if that sounds like you, why not explore the entire end-to-end travel bundle on our Virgin partnership page.

Virgin Atlantic Flies to Several Amber Countries

Safe Travels!

We hope you found this information useful. We’ll keep this page as up to date as possible during these changeable times.

Virgin Atlantic Flight

How to Travel with Prenetics and Virgin Atlantic

Ahoy fellow traveller! If you’re anything like us, you’re probably bursting to go on a hard-earned vacation.

However, you might also be a little confused with the amount of COVID tests that you have to take, who to buy them from and exactly which tests you need.

Good news: Project Screen by Prenetics have partnered with Virgin Atlantic to take the complexity away from long-haul travel. If you’re thinking about flying from the UK to the USA, Barbados, Hong Kong and many other countries, we’ve got your back.


Head to our Virgin Atlantic Microsite To Explore Your Test Options

Green list? Amber list? Red list?! PCR or Lateral Flow? These are questions that might be on your mind.

No worries, head over to our Virgin Atlantic site and enter a few basic details:

  1. Where are you travelling from?
  2. Where are you travelling to?
  3. Round trip or one way?

Based on your answers, we’ll do the math(s) and tell you which tests you need. And, if the rules/colours/government’s mind (!) changes, we’ll update the calculator so you don’t have to worry about it.

Virgin and Prenetics Microsite Screenshot

Worked Example for International Travel

At the time of writing*, here’s what you need for a round trip to Grenada from the UK.

Grenada is an amber country, which means at a minimum, you must buy the:

PCR + Amber Arrivals Bundle.

This contains:

  • A PCR test you must take before you leave the UK. This will provide your Fit-to-Fly certificate
  • A Lateral Flow Antigen test for use in Grenada, three days before returning to the UK
  • Two mandatory PCR tests for use on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine.

This would be your cheapest option. You must use a lateral flow test sold through a private provider (like us), rather than one secured from the NHS. This is because you need to display the lateral flow test result on your phone, which is not something possible with the NHS test.

However, other options are also available to you. For ultimate peace of mind and a potential rapid end to your quarantine period, you could take the:

PCR + Amber Arrivals + Test to Release Bundle.

This is one comprehensive bundle! You get the best of the best:

  • A PCR Fit-to-Fly test as your pre-departure test.
  • A Lateral Flow Antigen test for use in Grenada, three days before returning to the UK.
  • Two mandatory PCR tests for use on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine.
  • A further optional PCR test that you can use on day 5 of your return to shorten your quarantine period.

Travelling Closer to Home?

If you’re travelling to Europe, a short-haul location, or somewhere not covered by Virgin, we can still help. Check our website for Fit-to-Fly, Green Day 2 Tests and Amber Day 2 and 8 Test Packages.

*As the rules change, the information may become outdated on this blog, however the Virgin Atlantic calculator will be updated.

Virgin Atlantic Plane

The opening of air corridors, and ‘green’ destinations is our chance to invest in British science and people

Prenetics launches global testing partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airlines, and investment in new UK laboratory capacity; HALF A MILLION ADDITIONAL TESTS PER MONTH.

We are delighted to be announcing today a global partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airlines (‘Virgin’) to offer competitively priced testing packages to its passengers.

Initially, these testing ‘bundles’ will be relevant to their already open routes to Nigeria, Israel and Granada, and will be rolled out to new destinations as these open up, notably to the US which is a key pillar of the Virgin business. There is a lot of detail in the media release link here: https://www.projectscreen.co.uk/media/press-releases/virgin-atlantic/

We are pleased to have been able between us to price these customer testing packages [overall in the lowest quartile in terms of price relative to competitors], depending on the destination.

Some commentators are perhaps wondering whether there is now a price war in the sector, with participants seeking to ‘buy’ market share. That is not our approach, nor of any of the organisations we are working with such as Heathrow, the Premier League, and IWG PLC, the national serviced offices business. For all our clients, quality is the watchword always. When our business launched in the UK more or less a year ago, with under a dozen staff, to address the global health crisis, we aimed from Day One to set the ‘gold’ standard in testing and reliability. We have done a lot right, always re-investing, and now employ just under 400 staff in our laboratories and delivery platforms, as well as many more through sub-contractors and service partners.

In terms of travel and tourism, the real challenge for the UK this summer is testing capacity. If — as expected — international travel reaches even 25% of pre-Covid summer levels (e.g. of 2019), current testing capacity may simply run out. NHS resources are rightly being kept in reserve, against future waves, and the private sector, including Prenetics, is therefore at the fore.

Some of the ‘deep discount’ pricing of holiday testing bundles we are seeing is pretty theoretical in my view. The number of green destinations announced on Monday this week was small, reflecting understandable caution perhaps in some areas.

Our view is we need to ensure that we have a sustainable and blue-chip testing platform which is well-invested and long-term. Peak travel loads will not be now, but in July and August, and we at Prenetics aim to be there in full operation.

With that in mind we are opening new capacity at Greenwich Peninsula and in Kent in the next weeks, with a formal opening on June 15, which we expect to be delivering additional testing capacity of 15,000 PCR tests per day, or nearly half a million (450,000) per month.

The fight against Covid is about the long term, and that is the measure of this company’s strategy. Nothing less will do.