If you’re planning to travel overseas – either coming to the UK or going to another country from the UK – you must check the COVID-19 travel requirements as you may need a COVID-19 PCR test certificate. 

Arrivals to the UK

Find out more about what PCR test(s) you need when arriving in the UK

Fit to Fly

Find out more about the Fit to Fly PCR Test to travel overseas from the UK

Many countries require you to quarantine upon arrival and travellers are increasingly being asked to show a negative COVID-19 test result from an approved laboratory before they’re even permitted to board an aeroplane, train or ferry.

Travel to and from the UK is subject to a number of restrictions. To travel overseas from the UK, you’ll need to take a Fit to Fly PCR test 72 hours before your planned departure. When arriving in the UK – as either a visiting or returning resident – you’ll also need to take further PCR testing, based on where you’re travelled or transited in the previous 10 days.

Help with my visa! has partnered with Agilis Health, a UK-based, government-approved service provider so you can access these schemes and get a valid PCR test certificate when you need it, whether that’s to travel overseas or reduce the amount of time you need to quarantine after arriving in the UK.

Fit to Fly

The ‘Fit to Fly’ scheme used by many countries, airlines and other travel operators requires you to show a negative PCR test result dated less than 72 hours before your arrival at your destination. Travel operators may deny you boarding if you can’t show a valid test certificate when requested.

Even if your travel operator doesn’t require a negative PCR test certificate, your destination country might need you to show one. You may be asked to present the certificate at the border and will be denied entry if you cannot do so.

Arrivals to the UK

The UK operates a ‘traffic light’ system for international arrivals, with testing, self-isolation and quarantine requirements that differ depending upon your vaccination status and where you’re travelled within the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK.

Arrivals from Green List countries have the fewest restrictions and require travellers to take a PCR test on Day 2 after their arrival in the England.

Arrivals from Amber List countries fall into one of three categories:

> Fully vaccinated travellers who were vaccinated in the UK with their second does being administered at least 14 days prior to arriving in England. These travellers need to take a Day 2 PCR test and if negative, can go about their business as usual. If the test is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days

> Partially-vaccinated or unvaccinated UK residents and all international travellers regardless of their vaccination status must self-isolate on arrival in England for 10 days and take a PCR test on Day 2 and Day 8

> Travellers who fall into the above category and wish to end their period of self-isolation early can do so by using the Test to Release scheme, which requires a PCR test on Day 2, Day 5 and Day 8. If all three are negative, you can end your period of self-isolation early. If any are positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days

Arrivals from Red List countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at their own expense, which is £1,750 per person.

You must follow the arrivals restrictions for the highest risk rated country you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK. So if you travel from a Green List country but transit through an Amber List country, you must follow the Amber List restrictions – even if you never left the airport.

Please note that the above rules apply to international arrivals to England only. The devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales may have different rules so please check to confirm your test requirement. Tests purchased through Help with my visa’s testing partner Agilis Health are valid in all parts of the UK.

UKAS-approved laboratory with Agilis Health

We’ve partnered with Agilis Health to bring you this PCR test service.

Agilis Health works with a UKAS-approved laboratory in the UK to provide a secure PCR testing service. Agilis Health is also on the UK government’s approved schemes, where the PCR test certificates they issue are widely accepted by other countries and travel operators under the ‘Fit to Fly’ scheme.

Agilis Health offers a rapid 48-hour turnaround on PCR tests and has put in place a strong supply chain to ensure the security, integrity and speed of service.

How the PCR Test Works

The PCR testing process is very straightforward and you’re guided through it every step of the way.

To get started, click one of the buttons below to order a test from Agilis Health. You’ll need an arrivals in the UK test or test package test if you’re coming to the UK from overseas; and you’ll need the ‘Fit to Fly’ test if you’re in the UK and want to travel overseas.

Arrivals to the UK

Find out more about what PCR test(s) you need when arriving in the UK

Fit to Fly

Find out more about the Fit to Fly PCR Test to travel overseas from the UK

You securely enter your details on the Agilis Health website and pay for your test. Each person travelling with you needs to take a PCR test if they want a test result certificate.

For both tests, the test package will be securely couriered to your address in the UK. Tests ordered before 15:00 will arrive by noon the following business day. Tests ordered after 15:00 will arrive one day later, again by noon.

You can order your test kits in advance of when you need them, and there are discounted prices available if ordering more than 5 days in advance.

When you need to take your test, you administer it yourself and securely package the swab using the materials provided. You can organise to have it dropped at a Royal Mail priority mailbox or post office.

Agilis Health will process your swab and email you your test result and certificate within 48 hours of your test. 

PCR Test Price

The Agilis Health PCR test starts at £170 per person. Every member of your travel party needs to take a PCR test unless they are a child under 18, then they are exempt.

Payments are securely made online using a credit or debit card.

Fully-accredited Laboratory

The Agilis Health laboratory holds all necessary certifications to provide valid PCR test certificates under both the Fit to Fly and Test to Release schemes. PCR test analysis is fulfilled by 20/30 Labs Ltd on behalf of Agilis Health.

Arrivals to the UK

Find out more about what PCR test(s) you need when arriving in the UK

Fit to Fly

Find out more about the Fit to Fly PCR Test to travel overseas from the UK

Find out more about safely restarting international travel

Your COVID-19 PCR test is not the only thing you need to organise when travelling overseas. To help you keep on top of everything you need to do so, we’ve published a blog post on the 5 things you need to know about safely restarting international travel. Do check it out to discover what you now need to do before, during and after travel.

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