Testing for Travel – A Guide

COVID-19 Testing for Travel

To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, countries’ entry requirements have changed alongside some countries also asking travellers to take a Covid-19 Test prior to departure in order to present a negative test result at the border. Testing for travel can be booked at a private clinic or, in some cases, can be completed with a home-testing kit. This is new for everyone which is why I’ve put together a guide to testing; giving you all the information you need when planning to travel.  This guide helps to understand what to expect and where to find information and testing facilities.

Who needs a test?  You may require a test if you are travelling to a country outside the UK.  Testing requirements in each country are subject to change; it’s important to remember requirements may change quickly and at short notice.  I strongly recommend signing up to the FCDO destination alerts – that way you can stay up-to-date with any changes as they happen

What do I need to do? Every country’s requirements are different – more important than ever before checking the FCDO website about a particular destination is crucial. On the destination index pages, you should be able to find out what type of test is required and how far in advance you should take it. Most destinations require that a test is taken between two and seven days before travel; make sure you follow the destination guidelines. Plan and book a test in advance, speak to your local pharmacist or GP if you have any questions or concerns.

The UK Government advice is that an NHS test is not taken to travel; the test should be booked privately. Many countries will require that the test is conducted at an official clinic – remember any specific testing requirements on the FCDO destination pages.Boots UK announced recently they will begin to offer a Covid-19 testing facility in selected stores across the country. Additionally, there are various private clinics around the country that offer testing .  We’ve noted some of these locations below (please note this is not an exhaustive list and is correct at the time of posting).

Home Testing Kits   

Some countries will permit home-testing results; please ensure you consult the guidance on the FCDO website to find out if this method is suitable for your destination. If in doubt, speak to your local pharmacist for advice. We’ve partnered with a global healthcare provider, Randox, to offer Barrhead and Brilliant Travel customers an exclusive discount on home-testing Covid-19 PCR kits which means, as a Brilliant Travel customer, you’ll only pay £85 instead of £120. Randox delivers healthcare solutions worldwide and are leading providers of self-administered Covid-19 tests.

They’ll take care of the full process for you – from delivering your kit with full instructions to collecting, processing and delivering your results. You will receive an official certificate your results which can be used a proof of a negative test for travel purposes.

COVID Home Test Kit Animation – what to expect  


After booking your holiday with Ruth at Brilliant Travel, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to order your home test. When it arrives,  follow the instructions carefully in order to complete your test.

Remember, the timing of your test will need to coincide with the entry requirements for your destination. For example, many countries require the test to be taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure.

Confirm Testing are the Fit To Fly experts.  Barrhead and Brilliant Travel has partnered with Confirm Testing to provide customers with an exclusive 20% discount. Redeem your discount at https://www.confirmtesting.com/barrheadtravel.  As travel ramps up again and countries open up their borders, they and airlines now require a certificate confirming negative COVID-19 status before traveling in order to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Confirm Testing’s PCR / Swab testing service and Fit to Fly certificates will provide your current COVID-19 status and get you safely flying again while conforming to destination-specific travel restrictions.

Confirm Testing provide PCR / Swab test delivered to your door and processed by a UKAS-accredited provider of testing services; results in 48 hours; a certificate for travel (for negative test results) proving ISO 15189 Accreditation; and peace of mind if you are returning from a COVID-19 hotspot.

Other PCR Testing Facilities in the UK

Please note: the below is for information purposes only and to help identify locations for PCR testing – types of testing may vary per clinic. We always recommend that you follow FCDO guidance for the destination you are travelling to and consult with each clinic before booking your test to ensure suitability for your personal travel requirements.





Glasgow 48 hours £130 https://vivoclinic.com/
Glasgow 48 hours £150 https://glasgowmedicalrooms.com/pcr-travel-test/
Edinburgh 48 hours £149 https://dearspharmacy.co.uk/services/edinburgh-fife-travel-clinic/edinburgh-fife-covid-fit-to-fly/
Manchester 48 hours £250 https://samedaydoctor.org
Manchester 48 Hours £149 www.doctorcall.co.uk
Liverpool and Oxton The Wirral 2-3 Days £150 https://www.drarunghosh.co.uk/
Manchester 48 hours £195 https://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/travel-store/coronavirus/pcr-test
Leeds 48-72 hours BUT they are getting busy so could be up to 96 £150 www.whitehallclinic.com
Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury 1-2 days but cannot guarantee £248 https://www.summerfieldhealthcare.co.uk/corona-virus-testing/
Birmingham 48 Hours £185 https://midlandhealth.co.uk/
Birmingham -Edgbaston 48 Hours £155 https://midlandhealth.co.uk/
Birmingham 48 hours £195 https://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/travel-clinic/clinic-finder
Watford 48 Hours £199 https://conceptoclinic.co.uk/
Surrey 24-48 hours £145 https://wrenhealthcare.co.uk/covid-19-pcr-testing/
Central London 24 -48 Hours £250 https://samedaydoctor.org/service/covid-19-coronovirus-antibody-testing/
Watford 48 hours £199 https://conceptoclinic.co.uk
Harley Street 2-3 days £165 https://walkin-clinic.co.uk/blood-tests/covid19-testing
Various London Locations 48 hours £195 https://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/travel-store/coronavirus/pcr-test
Chelsea 48 hours £197 https://www.chelseabridgeclinic.com/c19testing-pcr-travel/
Dorset Any Age (Swab) £149 https://dorsetprivategp.co.uk/covid-19-tests/
Bristol 48 hours £195 https://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/travel-store/coronavirus/pcr-test
Devon 48-72 hours £130 + £30 for certificate https://www.northdevontravelclinic.co.uk/coronavirus-testing
Cardiff 48 hours £195 https://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/travel-store/coronavirus/pcr-test
Dun Laoghaire, Dundrum,


Grafton Street, Tele Consultation, Carlow, Enniscorthy

72 hours Without certificate -€160

With certificate -€180

Belfast 24-30 hours £195 https://vitalishealth.co.uk/covid-pcr-swab-test-for-travel
Dublin 48 hours €180 https://www.liffeymedical.ie/covid19-pcr-test
Liverpool 24 hours £99 https://www.biograd.co.uk/pre-flight-covid-testing-biograd.php



Disclaimer: Please note that Barrhead & Brilliant Travel cannot guarantee, nor is it responsible for the quality of the service and the delivery of results, at the test centres listed in this document. We always recommend you consult with your GP or a pharmacist if you have any health-related concerns ahead of travelling abroad.

You should also always consult the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website for entry requirements and health information.







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