How to get tested for Covid-19

How to get tested

What’s the process for getting tested? 

There are a number of ways to get tested. But for travel purposes you should only use private services, like Randox. Their Covid-19 testing kit allows you to collect a swab sample at home to be sent off for processing at their certified laboratories. 

When registering the kit each traveller will input their swab time and date - this usually has to be within 48-72 hours before travelling, though entry requirements vary by country

How do I order my home sample collection kit? 

If you order a test from Randox, kits are sent out for next-day delivery to your home. As long as you order by 12pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays in Northern Ireland) kits will be dispatched the same day with next-day delivery. However, taking into consideration an increased load on the whole logistics network in the UK, delivery may take up to 2 business days. 

When should I order my test?

Make sure you order your testing kit as early as possible before your holiday. The sample testing kit has at least 6 months expiry, so you can keep it for up to half a year before you need to travel. 


When should I get tested?

Every country has their own testing rules and guidelines. You should always check your destination’s local government website for more information, but generally you should collect a swab sample between 48-72 hours before travelling. *Note that some destinations ask for swab samples to be collected within 2-3 days before departure, while others 2-3 days before arrival. 

How do I return my kit to Randox Laboratories for testing? 

You can arrange for your own private courier or use one of the Randox drop-off points. Note that the delivery of the kits back to the lab is your own responsibility. 

Can I get tested in a clinic instead? 

Yes. Randox has clinics in Northern Ireland, Liverpool and London. You can call 0808 506 9584 to arrange an appointment or find an available slot on their website

What happens after I send off my test? 

You will receive an email receipt to let you know when the labs have received your sample. Once your sample has been processed you will receive a certificate of your test results. 

How long does it take to receive test results? 

After you have received the email receipt, your results will be released within 24 hours.

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