We understand that a positive test result can be worrying and to help you prepare for this possible outcome we have detailed the next steps to support you. 

Pre-departure:

You will be advised of your positive test result by either a phone call or from your test certificate emailed to you.

Where a negative PCR test status is an official requirement for onward travel, you will be unable to board your flight at this time as you will need to leave the airport and return to UK accommodation and self-isolate for 10 days. 

If you have had an onsite Antigen test, a test centre staff member will be on hand to give you help with any advice you may need regarding self-isolating and/or travel guidance.

If you are advised that your Antigen test has a Positive result, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. Government guidelines state that you may break isolation to have an NHS PCR test within 48 hours. If this NHS test result is Negative, you may end your self-isolation.

If you test Positive and are travelling in a group or family who have tested negative, you should inform the group of your status and the fact that you are unable to fly at this time. The government guidelines state that household members that are:

double vaccinated and have a negative result - this means 14 days have passed since your final dose, under the age of 18 years and 6 months are not required to self-isolate.

If any other members of the group do not wish to fly as a result, they must inform the airline of their decision via the check-in desks or contact details provided. 

Supervised Antigen Video Self-Test and Unsupervised Antigen Self-Test:

If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases.

Arrivals test:

If you test positive you will be required to quarantine for a period of 10 days from your positive test result unless the government guidelines state otherwise.

Arrivals for partially or not vaccinated:

If you test positive for a ‘Day 2 or before’ test (taken on arrival)

Must quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). 

All household members or travel companions also need to isolate for 10 days from the day after the test was taken, unless negative and double vaccinated with a final dose passed 14 days or under 18 years and 6 months of age. 

No need to take day 8 test. Travel companions still need to take test at Day 8.

Day 8 or after test:

Must quarantine for a further ten days from the day after the test was taken. If taken on Day 8, will need to quarantine until Day 19.

Test to Release:

If you test positive you will be required to quarantine for a period of 10 days from your positive test result unless the government guidelines state otherwise. 



† Covid-19 Testing is a biological process, and therefore whilst we endeavour to meet all turnaround times, these are not guaranteed. Please see our T&C’s here for further details.