COVID-19 Fit to Fly Antigen Tests

Covid-19 Coronavirus Antigen Testing

Following extensive research, DocTap has selected the Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test for rapid, affordable point of care Covid-19 testing. The Orient Gene test is a UK Public Health approved lateral flow test. It has a sensitivity of 97.3% and specificity of 100% compared with PCR. It has been confirmed to detect the novel UK variant of the virus with the same accuracy as the pre-existing strain.  The price of the test costs from £29 or can be booked alongside your fit to fly test for £25.

Antigen testing is available at over 10 DocTap locations across London.  Find your nearest clinic and book an appointment here. A healthcare professional in full PPE will take a swab from your nose and then load the lateral flow test cassette in front of you. To minimise social interaction, patients are then requested to leave the premise whilst the test is run.  You will receive an email with your results and doctor's certificate in under 1 hour.

Whilst some countries will accept a negative antigen or lateral flow test result as a condition of entry, many still require a PCR test. Travel rules are frequently changing, so please check the current requirements for your destination country before booking.

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Covid-19 Antigen Tests

Test Price Results
Antigen Test from £29 1 hour

Our Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test is one of only a few UK Public Health assessed antigen tests. A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 1 hour. NB. Many countries require a PCR test for entry.  Please check the latest travel advice. For children under the age of 5, please contact us for directions on which sites you may attend as only certain sites are able to perform these tests on young children.

Day 2 Lateral Flow Test From £29 (£25 as a package) Within 24 hours

From 4am on 30 November, day 2 lateral flow tests will no longer be valid. Please book a day 2 PCR test instead if you are an eligible International arrival. Eligible arrivals include adults aged 18+ who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5-17 regardless of vaccination status.

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Antigen Test FAQ

bookings

We are pleased to have the widest range and best priced Covid-19 tests of any London clinic.  Please visit the booking page for a full list of tests, prices and availability.  Some of our most popular tests are:

  • PCR Test (next day by midnight) - from £59
  • PCR Test (same day) - from £99
  • Antigen Test - from £29
  • Antibody Test - from £45

All tests are booked online here. Simply select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Then choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the clinic locations and times you can book. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you. PCR tests cost from £129 and point of care tests from £59. 

Should you require multiple tests for your trip then please book them all individually.  A £30 per test discount will automatically be applied to your 2nd and subsequent tests.

Our tests are carried out at one of our 10+ London clinics, staffed by healthcare professionals.  To select a location, simply visit the booking page and select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the available clinic locations and times. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you.

You can change your test free of charge or cancel for a full refund so long as you have not yet taken the test.  We are not able to make changes or refunds after you have taken the test.  To change or cancel your test please log into your DocTap account. 

Please Note: Day 2 and Day 8 are mandatory tests and therefore non-refundable. However, we can change your appointment date/time/location if required.

Simply book a test for the first member of your party.  Then repeat the process for another test, but on the payment screen enter the details of the second person.  Repeat for any other members of your party.

If you have accidentally booked multiple tests for the same person then don't worry, you will receive an automated email checking that this is what you wanted.  To make a change simply reply to the email with the second person's details. Please ensure we have the correct details before you take your test.

test details and timings

Our tests are taken by a healthcare professional, however in some cases, you can perform a clinic-guided self-swab where applicable. PCR tests require a swab to be taken from the back of your throat and/or nose. Lateral flow tests require a swab from nose and/or throat. The testing procedure can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt. 

Many countries require a PCR test. We offer PCR tests with both same day and next day results. This is the gold standard of Covid-19 testing. Some countries will accept antigen (lateral flow) tests, but please check the requirements for your destination country.

No. We are only able to offer tests for patient who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. You will be asked to confirm this on booking.  If you have symptoms please book an NHS test.

When attending your appointment, please bring your booking reference number (in your confirmation email) and official, government-issue photo identification.  Your ID needs to match the name that the booking is under.

A PCR is the gold standard test to determine whether you currently have Covid-19.  This is the test which most countries require for entry purposes.

An antigen test, also called a lateral flow test is also used to check for current infection.  This has the advantage of being quicker and cheaper than a PCR test, but can be less accurate at lower viral loads.

An antibody test looks to see whether you have had the virus in the past. Antibodies are believed to confer a degree of immunity to the re-infection by the virus.  

If you require your test for travel purposes, please check the latest requirements for your destination country before booking.

DocTap have selected the Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen (lateral flow) test.  This is available from £29 and is a UK Public Health assessed antigen test with a sensitivity of 97.3% and a specificity of 100% compared with PCR. Many countries will now accept antigen tests as a condition for entry, and they are significantly cheaper and quicker than PCR.  However, many places still stipulate PCR so check the requirements for your country before booking a fit to fly certificate.

A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose and carry out the test. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 1 hour (fit to fly) or within 24 hours (day 2 lateral flow test).

Our experienced healthcare professionals can carry out Covid-19 tests on young children. In some instances, the child may feel more comfortable if their parent performs the test. In this case, our healthcare professionals will be able to assist and guide the parent to take a swab from the child.

results and certificates

You will receive your doctor's letter as soon as your results are ready. This will include:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Passport / ID
  • The test type. For PCR this will be: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RT-PCR Test
  • The date and time that the swab sample was collected
  • Confirmation that the swab was taken by a healthcare professional
  • The result and date
  • Confirmation from a doctor of your Covid test result and any appropriate actions to take.
  • Doctor's signature and GMC number
  • DocTap contract details and logo

For PCR tests you will also receive a separate results certificate produced by the laboratory themselves. This includes:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport / ID (if provided and VAT is paid on booking)
  • Test type & methodology
  • Sample reference
  • Sample collected date
  • Reported date
  • Results
  • Details of the laboratory

Yes. Many countries require your passport number to be present on your test results certificate. You will be invited to enter your passport number or ID number on booking.  Alternatively, you can enter it at any time in your DocTap portal. It will then be shown on your test results certificate.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and doctor's certificate will be emailed to you.  Our doctor's letters are on a DocTap headed document and include the signature and GMC number of our medical director. We have had very few requests for paper copies or stamps.

Should you require one of these then we can arrange it to be stamped or signed at one of our London clinics at no extra charge. If you require this please let us know once you have received your results.  Please allow an additional 24 hours to arrange printing and signing of your certificate.  We only have a limited number of London locations where you can collect a certificate from.  We will be able to advise you on your options depending on the day your results are available.

day 2 and 8

The following groups are eligible for day 2 returning traveller lateral flow tests:

  1. Returning adults aged 18+ who are fully vaccinated and returning from a non-red list zone. Fully vaccinated means 14 days post 2nd dose of an approved vaccine against Sars-Cov-2.
  2. Children aged 5-17 regardless of vaccination status, who are returning from non-red list zones. 

We offer returning travellers the option to either;

  1. Attend one of our sites for a day 2 lateral flow test, where you will be guided by one of our trained healthcare practitioners on how to accurately take your test.
  2. Take our approved Healgen (Orient Gene) self-test antigen kit home with you before you travel, when you attend for your fit to fly test. On your return, in the comfort of your own home, simply follow our step-by-step guide on how to perform your test and upload your image onto your DocTap account. Your test will be reviewed by a healthcare professional, and your result and day 2 certificate will be issued within 24 hours. 

Your day 2 test will be cheaper if booked as a package along with your fit to fly test.

If you test positive on a day 2 lateral flow test, you must obtain a confirmatory PCR test. This will be a home kit, sent to you by the NHS free of charge. You must make sure that the address we have on file is correct as this is where the home confirmatory PCR kit will be sent. 

Please note that we are legally obliged to report every single Covid-19 test result to Public Health England(also known as the UK Health Security Agency ). If you test positive on a lateral flow test, you may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

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