Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, some of the destinations we're returning to flying have a range of testing requirements in place, to ensure customers and crew are symptom free and safe to fly.

There are a number of different Covid-19 screening methods available, and we've been working hard to evaluate and identify the industry leading testing suppliers, whilst implementing our own robust measures, to give you confidence when you travel with us.

The health and safety of our customers and our people has always been our number one priority. As we move towards the future, testing is just one part of a number of new measures we're implementing to give you even greater peace of mind.

Take a look at everything we're doing to ensure you fly safe, and fly well with us

The different types of Covid-19 screening

Temperature screening, often using a hand-held 'gun', or a walk-through thermal imaging device, can be used to determine if you have a temperature or fever, which is one of the UK Government identified symptoms of Covid-19.

Whilst this approach is a quick and efficient way of screening lots of customers, it will not definitively show if you have Covid-19, and is often used as an indicator for further, more accurate testing.

We currently have temperature checks in place for some of our routes, including for customers departing from London Heathrow.

Antigen testing, sometimes referred to as a PCR or swab test, will tell you if you currently have Covid-19. These tests are usually carried out by swabbing your throat or nose, and then sent to a lab for analysis. It can sometimes take between 1-5 days to return your test result, but is usually turned around within 48 hours of receiving your test sample.

Typically you can take these tests yourself by ordering kits from testing providers, and returning them by post.

PCR Antigen tests are the most accurate form of screening for Covid-19, and proof of a negative PCR test is a government entry requirement for some of the destinations we fly to.

Many companies are offering PCR Antigen tests, and finding the right one can be difficult to navigate. Below we've listed some of the providers we recommend for your confidence and convenience.

An antibody test does not check whether you currently have Covid-19, but instead it can tell you whether you have antibodies in your blood from having previously fought off the Covid-19 infection. 

Whilst test results can often be turned around very quickly, antibody testing is not typically used to screen people before they travel to other countries.

If you’re traveling to one of our destinations that requires evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before you board, you will most likely require a 'PCR Antigen' test.

It's important you carefully review whether the destination you're traveling to requires evidence of a self-test (where you carry out the swab yourself), or a test administered by a clinician at a designated location. If you don't have the correct test, you may not be permitted to travel.

Our Medical, Health and Safety teams have compiled a list of recommended companies that offer PCR Antigen testing for your convenience and peace of mind. We’re constantly evaluating these, and making sure they meet or exceed the high standards for Covid-19 testing and country entry requirements, so you can feel confident when you travel. 

Our recommended PCR Antigen Covid-19 testing suppliers

Visit the Screen4 website 

Screen4 offer both self-test kits sent by post, or a number of locations for clinician testing. Please check the Screen4 website for the latest available locations.

The test will tell you if you are positive or negative for Coronavirus (Covid-19). The PCR test can be performed at home by yourself or Screen4 can arrange for a clinician to carry this out for you (location dependent). 

The test requires taking a swab from the throat and nose, this sample will then be sent to laboratory for analysis using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

It takes 24-48 hours to return the result once the laboratory receives the sample back. This result will be used to form the certification that you require to travel and will be sent to you via email. Please note result reporting times can be up to midnight the next working day.

Reporting times may differ over weekends and bank holidays.

Screen4 will provide you with a 24 hour tracked returns envelope to ensure your sample gets to the lab on time. 

Visit the binx health website 

binx health provides a quick and easy Covid-19 PCR antigen testing service. 

Their test uses a self-collected throat/nasal swab, which is delivered directly to your home and once returned via contact-less courier service, is followed by a PCR test carried out in the laboratory.

Once the laboratory has completed your test you will receive your Safe to Travel test certificate and you can get ready to travel! Their service is fully inclusive making it  easy to order, collect and send back your sample without even leaving home.

We will add to this page as we continue to rigorously monitor and evaluate Covid-19 testing suppliers, both for departures from and to the UK. Please note self tests are NOT accepted at all destinations.

See the latest guidance on travel restrictions and screening requirements at the destinations we fly to