Everyone travelling from an Amber country must book their test/s prior to arrival in England. You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance, and depending on your age and vaccination status you may also need to test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19. These tests are in addition to the mandatory requirement for a test within 72 hours of departure back to the UK. For more information on arrival requirements please click here What are the requirements for arrival into England?
The first test is required on day 2 or before and the second test, if required, is taken on day 8 or after. Collinson offers the 'Day 2 or before' test on your arrival at one of our airport test centres. You can book the second test (day 8 or after) at any of our centres if there is a location more convenient than your arrival airport. The day you land is day zero, the following day is day one...etc
Children under 5 do not need to take either test.
Don’t worry about postal delays or self-swabbing incorrectly, instead have both tests taken by qualified medical staff. We do not offer home testing.
Test for UK Residents – Amber Test for Partially or Not Vaccinated (two tests) - £165
Test for UK/US/EU Residents – Amber Test for Fully Vaccinated (one test) - £82.50
Test for Non-UK Residents – Amber Test for UK Arrivals (two tests) - £165
Day 8 Upgrade from Green to Amber - (one test) £82.50
Results are typically available within 48 hours. Due to the requirements and nature of processing tests, which can include occasionally having to re-run tests, we strongly advise making a booking as soon as possible for your arrival tests - Day 2 or before (at arrival) and day 8 or after if required. Please remember to allow enough time following landing to clear customs and security before your appointment time for the Day 2 or before test.
If you require a day 8 test and test positive on the first test (Day 2 or before), you are not required to take a test on or after day 8. If this occurs, we will not refund part of the package price. The cost also includes the requirement for genomic sequencing in the event of a positive test.
The tests should be booked before you travel home so the details can be entered on your Passenger Locator Form. Make sure you book your appointment as soon as you can to secure your preferred testing slots at any of the Collinson test centres.
This does not negate quarantine rules for arrivals (if required) and the rules of quarantine allow you to travel to test centres to carry out your tests. You can still choose the option to be released from quarantine early with the Test to Release scheme. This will be an additional cost and you will still be required to test on day 8.
More info on the requirements can be found here: Foreign Travel Advice (Gov UK)
The rules for travellers from France are different, please click here for further information
You can pre-book your tests in advance by visiting: Collinson Testing Centres and registering your personal details, including email address.