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PCR Testing Abroad

Preparing for your return to the UK

Preparing your return journey. Find out more information about how to ensure you comply with UK entry requirements on your return journey.

The UK government has now implemented the traffic light system allowing UK citizens to travel abroad as long as they adhere to the requirements imposed by the UK and travel destinations. On re-entry to the UK travellers are currently required to present a negative PCR test so we thought we would provide more information on how and where you can apply for a PCR test prior to your return to the UK.

With both the UK government and EU countries currently devising new rules and documentation for those who have already received two doses of the vaccine the requirements may change so we recommend checking the FCO website for the latest information (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice), however we are able to provide the most up-to-date info for general travel abroad.

For those travelling to countries on the ‘green list’ they no longer have to quarantine or self-isolate on their return (as long as they test negative for Covid-19), however they are still required to provide a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 2 days prior to departure, complete a Passenger Locator Form and take another PCR test no later than 2 days after arrival in the UK.

If you are returning from a country on the ‘amber list’ you are required to also provide a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 2 days prior to departure, complete the Passenger Locator Form, take another PCR test 2 days and 8 days after arrival and are required to self-isolate for 10 days on your return.

To help you find out how and where to book a PCR test abroad, we have the following information on how to book and pay for a test in each of the countries we work with:

Portugal

AMBER LIST

Portugal is looking forward to welcoming tourists back and the Portuguese Tourist Office has provided comprehensive information about where you can book a test here. However Portugal has moved to the Amber list since Tuesday 8th June 2021. The entry and return requirements will have changed from this date.

Please note UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated are currently required to complete a 14-day quarantine on arrival.

In Lisbon the Hospital da Luz Lisboa offers drive-through/walk-through PCR testing from 90€ per person and results in 24 hours.

To visit the hospital website click here and to book an appointment click here

For information on entry requirements for Portugal please consult the FCO’s Travel Advice Website.

Spain

AMBER LIST

Health provider Quirón Salud is the official partner of Iberia and Vueling airlines when it comes to PCR testing prior to departure from Spain and you can book tests and find out information on local testing centres on the Quiron Salud website.

The Castilla y Leon tourist board have provided a comprehensive list of testing locations around the region which you can find here

Please note that UK travellers arriving in Spain are required to show either proof of a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to arrival or that they have received their 2nd vaccine dose 14 or more days prior to arrival.

For information on entry requirements for Spain please consult the FCO’s Travel Advice Website.

France

AMBER LIST

France is still on the amber list and restrictions apply to travel around the country so we are waiting on more information about the testing set up.

The UK is also on France’s amber list so those who are not fully vaccinated are currently required to complete a 7-day quarantine on arrival

In the meantime you can find information about the local testing centres on the country’s national health website here.

For information on entry requirements for France please consult the FCO’s Travel Advice Website.

After your return

For those who are looking for options for tests on return, a number of airlines are working with different testing centres and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided resources for testing before and after you travel.

FCO Website Testing Info