COVID-19 Travel Testing London

Covid-19 Travel Testing

We understand just how important it is that you have all the correct coronavirus tests and certificates before travelling abroad. For the latest information on your chosen destination please choose the country from the list at the bottom of this page. 

Why DocTap for Coronavirus Travel Testing

  • 20+ London testing locations.
  • All our samples are taken by a healthcare professional to minimise the chance of a failed test and comply with the requirements for many travel destinations.
  • All tests are taken directly to the laboratory by our own couriers. We never post samples.
  • Choose from 4 hour, same day or next day PCR tests.
  • Next day PCR test + doctor's certificate from £79.
  • Open 7 days a week,  6:30am to 9:30pm.
  • Package discounts - save £10 on your second and subsequent tests (includes PCR, Day 2 & 8 and Test to Release).
  • Results guarantee.  If your results aren't available on time we'll refund your test fee in full or provide another same day test free of charge.
  • Free cancellations up to 4 hours before your appointment.
  • Automated notifications when your sample is collected by our courier and then when the laboratory being testing.
  • Express antigen and antibody tests are also available.
  • Over 200,000 Covid-19 tests taken.

Countries have differing requirements for pre-flight Covid-19 tests.  Please select your chosen travel destination below for the latest guidance on testing requirements.

Please note: If you plan to returning to the UK then you will also require Day 2 & 8 tests (plus optional same day Test to Release) in addition to any outbound tests required for the country you are visiting.

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Test Requirements - Select Destination Country:

Afghanistan - Albania - Algeria - Andorra - Angola - Anguilla - Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory - Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Armenia - Aruba - Australia - Austria - Azerbaijan - Bahamas - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belgium - Belize - Benin - Bermuda - Bhutan - Bolivia - Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Botswana - Brazil - British Indian Ocean Territory - British Virgin Islands - Brunei - Bulgaria - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cambodia - Cameroon - Canada - Cape Verde - Cayman Islands - Central African Republic - Chad - Chile - China - Colombia - Comoros - Congo - Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue - Costa Rica - Côte d'Ivoire - Croatia - Cuba - Curaçao - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Denmark - Djibouti - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - Egypt - El Salvador - Equatorial Guinea - Eritrea - Estonia - Eswatini - Ethiopia - Falkland Islands - Fiji - Finland - France - French Guiana - French Polynesia - Gabon - Georgia - Germany - Ghana - Gibraltar - Greece - Grenada - Guadeloupe - Guatemala - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - India - Indonesia - Iran - Iraq - Ireland - Israel - Italy - Jamaica - Japan - Jordan - Kazakhstan - Kenya - Kiribati - Kosovo - Kuwait - Kyrgyzstan - Laos - Latvia - Lebanon - Lesotho - Liberia - Libya - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Macao - Madagascar - Malawi - Malaysia - Maldives - Mali - Malta - Marshall Islands - Martinique - Mauritania - Mauritius - Mayotte - Mexico - Micronesia - Moldova - Monaco - Mongolia - Montenegro - Montserrat - Morocco - Mozambique - Myanmar (Burma) - Namibia - Nauru - Nepal - Netherlands - New Caledonia - New Zealand - Nicaragua - Niger - Nigeria - North Korea - North Macedonia - Norway - Oman - Pakistan - Palau - Panama - Papua New Guinea - Paraguay - Peru - Philippines - Pitcairn Island - Poland - Portugal - Qatar - Réunion - Romania - Russia - Rwanda - Samoa - San Marino - São Tomé and Principe - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Serbia - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - Singapore - Slovakia - Slovenia - Solomon Islands - Somalia - South Africa - South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands - South Korea - South Sudan - Spain - Sri Lanka - St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - St Kitts and Nevis - St Lucia - St Maarten - St Martin and St Barthélemy - St Pierre & Miquelon - St Vincent and the Grenadines - Sudan - Suriname - Sweden - Switzerland - Syria - Taiwan - Tajikistan - Tanzania - Thailand - The Gambia - The Occupied Palestinian Territories - Timor-Leste - Togo - Tonga - Trinidad and Tobago - Tunisia - Turkey - Turkmenistan - Turks and Caicos Islands - Tuvalu - Uganda - Ukraine - United Arab Emirates - Uruguay - USA - Uzbekistan - Vanuatu - Venezuela - Vietnam - Wallis and Futuna - Western Sahara - Yemen - Zambia - Zimbabwe -

Covid-19 Tests

Test Price Results
Antigen Test from £35 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.

PCR 4 hours from £129 Typically under 4 hours

Our fastest Covid-19 PCR test, available at London Bridge and Chelsea.  This is a RT-PCR Randox test and is accepted by all countries.  Ideal for last minute flights or where you've been let down by another testing provider.  Save an extra £10 if purchased with another PCR test.

PCR Same Day from £119 Typically before midnight

Same day PCR results from 10+ locations across London. This is ideal for last minute travel or the added piece of mind which comes from receiving your results and certificate a couple of days before flying.  In the exceptionally unlikely event that you don't have your results by 2am that night we would refund your fee in full or give you a free 4 hour retest. Save an extra £10 if purchased with another PCR test.

PCR Next Day from £74 Next day (by midnight)

Our most popular Covid-19 PCR test with guaranteed next day results (by midnight), or your money back. Save an extra £10 if purchased with another PCR test.

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Why Choose DocTap Covid-19 Testing?

Widest range of Tests
20+ London clinics
Covid-19 tests from £39
4 hour PCR results
Doctor's certificate included
Money back results guarantee
Over 200,000 tests completed
Government approved provider

Frequently Asked Questions

test details and timings

All our tests are taken by a healthcare professional.  PCR tests require a swab to be taken from the back of your throat and/or nose.  It can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt.  Our 3 hour and same day tests taken a lab sites only require a sample from the back of your throat, which some people may prefer. You can choose which you prefer when booking your test.

Different airlines and countries have different requirements regarding when a test must be taken.  Many require a negative PCR test to have been carried out no more than 72 hours before a flight, but please check the government's foreign travel advice for your destination to establish their exact requirements. We have over 20 clinics across London offering same day and next day results.  We also have results in just 3 hours at our Healthrow Airport, London Bridge and Chelsea sites.  You can select your preference when you book your test

Please be aware that a very small proportion of tests will return an inconclusive result and will require retesting, which we would arrange free of charge.  We do therefore advise you take your test as soon as permitted for your trip.  For instance, if you require a test taken not longer than 72 hours before your flight at 1pm on 10th May, the optimal time to take your test would be at approximately 2pm on 7th May.  

The majority of 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. A few 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 some photo identification.  Your ID needs to match the name that the booking is under.

PCR is the PHE approved, gold standard Covid-19 test.  This is a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab. Whilst we are not aware of any countries not accepting our tests for border entry, please always check your exact requirements before booking.

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 Zhejiang Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test.  This is available from £59 and is one of the 3 UK Public Health assessed antigen tests with a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 99% compared with PCR. Some countries will accept this test as a condition for entry, in which case it is significantly cheaper and quicker than PCR.  However, the majority of places still stipulate PCR so check the requirements for your country before booking as a fit to fly certificate.

A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose and carry out the point of care test. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 3 hours. Please note that this test is not suitable for children under 5.

We can carry out PCR tests on young children. Some healthcare professionals will not be comfortable taking a swab from very young children as it can be stressful for the child if carried out by someone they do not know.  If this is the case they will be able to assist and guide the parent to take a swab from the child.

We are unable to carry out antigen tests on children under 5 years old. Children under 5 should have a PCR test.

No. Given the critical importance of fast results and correct swab technique we do not entrust your test sample to the postal system.  All samples are taken in one of our 20+ London locations.  We then have our team of in house couriers who collect them to take to the laboratory. In this way we are confident we can offer the highest level of accuracy and reliability for your Covid test.

results and certificates

Different tests have different turnaround times.  These are explained at the time that you book your Covid-19 test.  You will receive your results and doctor's letter by email within the specified timeframe.  They will also be available to download from your DocTap portal at the same time.  We currently offer the following options for results:

  • PCR - 3 hours (Heathrow Airport, London Bridge and Chelsea only)
  • PCR - Same day by 11pm
  • PCR - Next day by 11pm
  • Antigen - 3 hours
  • Antibody (Instant) - 3 hours
  • Antibody (laboratory) - 3 days

Unfortunately we are unable to speed up your results once you have taken your test.  Therefore, if you need faster results, please change your appointment type to a faster service before taking the test. You can do this in your DocTap account portal.

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

After taking your test you will receive an email explaining all the notifications you will receive as your test sample moves through the testing process, together with when can expect to receive them.  These vary a little depending on the exact test and location booked, but they are typically:

  • Your test is collected by our courier to take to the laboratory
  • The lab start testing your sample
  • Your results are ready

If you have not received a notification by the advised time then please do let us know and we shall look into it immediately.  If the notification is not yet due then please don't contact us as it will almost certainly still be being processed and we are unable to check up on tests until they are due.

No, you will still get your results in exacly the same timeframe, regardless of which day of the week  you have your test. Our laboratories and support team operate 7 days per week, including bank holidays.

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.

Once you have taken your test we are unable to speed up your results. We have integrated with our laboratory partners to ensure that you will automatically receive your results and doctor's certificate as soon a they are released by the laboratory.  If you have not yet taken your test, you can always change to a faster test if required.  We can provide results in 3 hours from our Heathrow, London Bridge and Chelsea lab sites, and by 11pm the same day from multiple London locations. To change your test please log into your DocTap acccount.

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.

No. We are only able to issue doctor's certificates for tests which have been booked with DocTap. If you are in a hurry you can book a same day or 3 hour PCR test here and you will get a doctor's letter along with your results.

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:

  • Day 2 & 8 (in clinic) - from £148 (bundle price)
  • PCR Test (next day) - from £79
  • PCR Test (same day) - from £124
  • PCR Test (~4 hours) - from £149
  • Antigen Test - from £39
  • Antibody Test - from £49

If you require mutliple PCR tests for your trip you will save £10 per test on the 2nd and any subsequent tests.

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.

All our tests are carried out at one of our 20+ 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 that if you booked multiple tests as part of a package deal and choose to cancel the full price test, then the £30 discount you received on another test will not be refunded.

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.

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Please note that our provision of Covid-19 coronavirus tests does not impact on NHS test availability, instead, by providing the tests at competitive prices compared with other providers, our service aims to work as a helpful adjunct to the NHS by increasing testing options in the community. We also report all positive results to Public Health England, and this is obligatory.

Important note: where patients are taking a self swab they must do as directed in the instructions provided.  Failure to take a swab as directed, or to take a swab on behalf of someone else is a gross breach of the terms of this service.

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