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COVID-19 tests

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Travelling into the UK

Mandatory tests for entering or returning to the UK

All customers entering or returning to the UK must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at your departure airport, taken up to three days before you start your journey, and a completed Passenger Locator Form. Acceptable tests include PCR, LAMP, or Antigen tests, provided they meet the standards outlined by the UK Government.

‘Test to Release’ when you arrive in the UK

When you arrive into the UK you can join the UK Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme and pay for a COVID-19 test to reduce your time in self-isolation. A number of Government-approved suppliers are providing discounts for British Airways customers.

Travelling out of the UK

Departure testing

Many countries around the world have introduced additional entry requirements. If you need a COVID-19 test for your upcoming flight departing from the UK, we’ve brought together a number of options with exclusive discounts to help you book the test you need to travel easily and safely.

Planning your departure testing

Step 1: Check whether you need a COVID-19 test to travel from the UK to your destination

Visit the UK government site to check whether you need proof of a negative COVID-19 test for your destination. Return to this page to review the UK testing options we've brought together.

Step 2: Choose the type of test you wish to take

Review the COVID-19 test options below and select the one most suitable for you.

Step 3: Arrange your chosen test using your British Airways discount

Simply click on your chosen test below and follow the instructions to receive your discount and arrange your test.

Home tests

Testing centres

Airport tests

Please note that the links for COVID-19 testing services will take you to external sites.

‘Test to Release’ when you arrive in the UK

When you arrive into the UK you can join the UK Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme and pay for a COVID-19 test to reduce your time in self-isolation.

A select number of Government-approved suppliers are providing discounts for British Airways customers:

  • CityDoc provides home testing kits and tests at London clinics
    Exclusive British Airways discounts available
  • Medicspot provides home test kits
    Use discount code: BA
  • Collinson provides tests at Heathrow and London City airports
    Use discount code: BALHR5

Find out more about the ‘Test to Release’ scheme

Travel insurance

If you need insurance, our travel insurance partner Allianz Assistance now offers medical assistance cover for COVID-19 for customers in the UK and some other countries. Find out more.

 

Useful UK government links

Testing requirements for travel to the UK

Self-isolating when you arrive in the UK

UK 'Test to Release' scheme

Foreign Office travel advice and entry requirements

Passenger locator form for entering the UK

 

Important information

Entry requirements differ from country to country and may be subject to change with very little notice so please check the UK government site regularly before you travel.

We recommend confirming the current lead-times for your chosen test directly with the supplier to ensure you allow enough time before departure.

Each passenger is responsible for checking and conforming with the entry and exit requirements at their arrival and return destinations. Please be aware that if you fail to comply with these requirements you may not be able to travel or be allowed to enter your destination.

 

About the testing services

COVID-19 testing services are provided independently of us. British Airways assumes no responsibility for such services. Should you choose to purchase a COVID-19 test from these suppliers, their terms and conditions will apply.

The testing services referenced on this page are not being advertised by us as a travel service or a holiday feature.