We use Hughes SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test by Acon Biotech (Hangzhou) Co.
Yes, children of any age can take an antigen test but we require children under the age of 18 to have parental consent. Please check your point of destination as different countries have different requirements for children.
You must bring your booking confirmation email with you when you come for your test – you can show this on your phone. Please also bring your valid Passport or ID and make sure your name that you give us matches this document, as this will be on your certificate. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
We’re a leading UK government recognised provider of all private Covid-19 tests. Our tests are analysed at UKAS accredited labs that comply with ISO15189 and ISO17025 standards.
Time windows are normally given by your airline or the country you are flying to. For example, an antigen test is usually required within a 48 hour time window meaning that your swab needs to be taken within 48 hours of your flight. We recommend you check your specific destination requirements.
A nose swab sample is taken by one of our healthcare professionals at one of our nationwide clinics or at home by yourself, depending on whether you choose to get tested at home or in clinic.
An Antigen Fit to Fly test does include a Fit to Fly Certificate. Antigen tests are suitable for many international destinations. Please note that for the antigen test to be accepted in the EU it must be on the EU’s approved list of antigen tests for entry. Our test is currently on the EU’s approved list. For other destinations that do not accept antigen tests, a PCR Fit to Fly test may be required. We recommend you check your specific destination requirements before arranging a test.
Antigen test results are delivered within three hours of when you submit your results, between 8am and 8pm GMT. Any results submitted after 5pm GMT may not be published until the next day. All test samples are analysed 7 days a week, and you’ll get your results as soon as they’re released.
A PCR test is a nucleic acid test that looks for the genetic code (RNA) of the virus. It will not confirm whether you have had it and have developed an immune response – there are other tests available for that (see our antibody test). It is the gold standard of testing and is 99.9% accurate.

The FCDO foreign travel advice provides information on entry requirements for your destination, including if the country you are travelling to requires you to have a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter their country.  There are different types of COVID-19 tests available and the reliability of results can vary depending on the type of test you take.  Before travelling, you should check:

  • if you need a negative COVID-19 test result to be able to enter the country you are travelling to
  • what kind of test will be accepted by the country you are travelling to
  • how soon before travel the test should be taken

COVID-19 testing for the purposes of international travel is not available on the NHS. Testing for this reason is only available through private providers who must have self-declared that they meet the UK Government’s minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. 

If you need to travel internationally for work and require evidence of a test, you should speak to your employer or occupational health adviser.

This depends on the entry requirements of the country or territory you want to travel to, as each country’s definition of a ‘full course’ alternatively known as ‘fully vaccinated’, may be different.

  • Always check the country ‘Entry Requirements’ section of the FCDO foreign travel advicepages to find out what a country will accept as fully vaccinated.

Be aware that some countries are requesting evidence that you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arriving in their country. They may also require evidence of a booster dose depending on how long ago you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course.

How you can get proof of your vaccination status varies on where you live. If you are in:

Make sure you check that the name on your proof of vaccination certificate matches the name on your passport.  Advice on how to amend incorrect details varies depending on whether you are in ScotlandEnglandWales or Northern Ireland.

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you need to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Entry requirements requested by other countries may include:

  • requiring a negative COVID-19 test result before you depart from the UK
  • requiring you to undertake a period of quarantine upon your arrival to that country

You should carefully research the entry requirements of your destination country before travelling in the FCDO foreign travel advice pages.

Each country has different requirements, and these are often dependent on the age of the child. Always check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting.