UK holidaymakers are now permitted to travel abroad under step three of the UK governments ‘roadmap out of lockdown.’

Overseas travel is now possible thanks to a traffic light system that splits countries into three categories: red, amber or green, depending on their COVID-19 risk level.

The 12 countries that are currently on the green list have the least restrictions placed on them, as there is no need for UK travellers to quarantine on their return.

However, many countries do still require a negative PCR test result on entry, and all travellers returning to the UK are also required to take at least one PCR test.

So, now that foreign holidays are back on the cards, here is everything you need to know about how, where and when to take a PCR test.

What is a PCR Test?

PCR tests are one of two test options available to you if you want to check whether you have COVID-19 or not.

A PCR test involves taking a swab sample from the back of your throat and inside of your nose using a swab (which is like a big cotton bud). 

Unlike rapid flow tests which can give you a result in 30 minutes, PCR tests need to be sent to a laboratory for checking. 

Results from PCR tests are said to be more accurate than those from lateral flow tests. 

How and where to get a PCR test

UK travellers are not able to get a PCR test for travel from the NHS, they need to purchase them privately.

Here at Fit2FlyTest, not only are we listed as a provider on the government’s website, but we can also offer you a gold standard PCR Fit to Fly test (with digital Fit to Fly certificate included) and a gold-standard Test to Release test as well.

Which countries require a PCR test?

If you are planning on travelling abroad then you will more than likely have to take a COVID test before you jet off on holiday.

Many countries still require you to prove you have a negative COVID test result upon arrival, so you should always check entry requirements for your destination of choice before you set off. 

It is always a good idea to book your holiday test package well in advance to give us enough time to arrange for delivery and return. 

All travellers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at the departure airport. These tests can be COVID-19 PCR tests, LAMP tests or Antigen tests and you must take one even if they have already been vaccinated. This must be taken within the three days prior to you setting out on your return journey.

People heading back to the UK from an amber or red country must take a COVID test before travel also, as well as PCR tests on day two and day eight of their 10-day quarantine. 

Arriving in England without proof of a negative test result could mean you face a £500 fine.

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