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COVID-19 testing packages

We’ve made testing easier and more affordable by securing discounts with select COVID-19 testing suppliers who can provide PCR testing with a fit to fly certificate from £43 per person and Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Home Test Kit from just £30 per person.

We frequently review the below information with testing suppliers to ensure you continue to receive peace of mind when planning your holiday. However, due to the constantly evolving nature of the Coronavirus pandemic and the potential for changes to travel testing requirements, changes can occur at short notice following new developments, relevant guidance and legal obligations. 

Read on to find out more about the COVID-19 testing suppliers.
 

Testing FAQs

 

As defined within the current government guidelines, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test before you fly. You will need to check whether a test is required for the destination you are travelling to. You can find links to country-specific requirements on our entry requirements page, including whether your destination is on the UK government’s red, amber or green list.

The requirements could change before you travel, so it’s important that you keep checking the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website for the latest updates – and we recommend signing up for their email alerts.

We’ve secured discounts with testing suppliers to make completing COVID-19 testing as easy as possible. Before booking your COVID-19 test, check the requirements for the country you’re travelling to. It is your responsibility to ensure you have carried out the entry requirements for your destination correctly.

There are a choice of testing suppliers offering discounts to Explore customers. You can book your test with one of the suppliers below or you can visit the UK government website for details of testing centres that have self-declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards.

The COVID-19 test package and supplier you require depends on the entry requirements of your holiday destination and the UK country you live in – check the requirements for the country you’re travelling to and from before booking your test package. The testing suppliers will be able to give you more advice. Please note the requirements when travelling to and from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales may be different.

If requirements in the UK or your destination country change before travel, you may need to make new testing arrangements.

The following UK based COVID-19 tests for travel for before your holiday or after you return are available from ExpressTest, Randox and Prenetics;  

•    Fit to Fly PCR Test - this is for travelling from the UK, where a PCR test is required.
•    Fit to Fly Lateral Flow Test - this is for travelling to the UK, where an Antigen Lateral Flow Test is required.
•    International arrivals day 2 and/or day 8 PCR testing. For customers arriving into England that require the Government-mandated day 2 and day 8 arrivals tests.
•    Test to release day 5. For those arriving into England and who are able to reduce their quarantine time.

When returning to the UK, testing requirements will depend on whether your holiday destination is on the UK government’s green, amber or red list. *Please note Explore is currently not operating trips to red list destinations. It is possible that you will need to take a PCR Fit to Fly ‘to return’ test in your holiday destination in order to return to the UK and/or to meet the test requirements requested by the country you are visiting. We have secured discounts for Explores’ customers for the Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Home Test Kit from Prenetics. Alternatively, you may need to find a private test supplier in the country you are visiting and ensure they meet your destination’s or the UK government’s minimum testing requirements.

 


Supplier testing packages and discounts


We’ve secured discounts for our customers with UK government listed COVID-19 test suppliers ExpressTest, Randox and Prenetics to make booking and taking UK based COVID-19 tests for travel before your holiday or when you return easier and more affordable.

ExpressTest packages
Express Test offer tests at 17 sites across the UK including PCR Fit to Fly starting from £57, Test to Release, Lateral Flow and Day 2 and 8 International Arrivals tests for travellers arriving in England at various UK locations. 

Visit the ExpressTest website, select the COVID-19 test most suited to your needs and use code EXPLORE to save 4%. Follow the instructions on their website to complete your test.

Randox testing packages
Randox provide PCR home testing kits from just £43 per person. They can assist with PCR ‘Fit to Fly’ tests for before you travel, Antigen Lateral Flow, Day 2 and 8 International Arrivals testing and Test to Release requirements.

Visit the Randox website, select the COVID-19 test most suited to your needs and use code EXRX to discount your test to £43. Follow the instructions on their website to complete your test.

Prenetics testing packages
Prenetics provide PCR home and venue testing kits. They can assist with PCR ‘Fit to Fly’ tests for before you travel, Antigen Lateral Flow, Day 2 and 8 International Arrivals testing and Test to Release requirements. They can also provide the Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Home Test Kit from just £30.

Visit the Prenetics website, select the COVID-19 test most suited to your needs and use code PreneticsExplore to discount your test by 10%. Follow the instructions on their website to complete your test.


We understand that due to the nature of the ongoing updates to the UK government’s requirements to travel and the variance in requirements from country to county, you may still have questions about covid-19 testing for travel. If you would like more information about the testing requirements for your holiday, the covid-19 testing suppliers can offer further advice and clarity on the test packages you may require. Please visit the relevant testing supplier's website for more details. You can also view the current UK government’s minimum testing requirements on their website.
 
Testing services are supplied by third parties and not Explore and are not part of our product, linked travel arrangement or package.  Explore are not responsible for any part of the testing or any impact this may have on your ability to travel.

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