How much do Covid tests cost to go on holiday? Latest prices for airlines and airports which start from £20


ALL Brits will need to have a Covid test to go on holiday abroad, no matter where they go right now.

Even green list destinations require a negative Covid test when returning to the UK, both pre-arrival and on day two.

Brits will need to have a Covid test, no matter where they go on holiday

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Brits will need to have a Covid test, no matter where they go on holidayCredit: Alamy

Brits can opt for private Covid test providers although these can cost between £120 and £300 per person.

The high street is offering cheaper options now – Boots’ PCR testing service costs £99 per person while Superdrug charge £119 per person.

For Brits heading on holiday, and need a PCR test to return – which is required for all destinations on the green and amber list – it is best to book it with the airline or the airport you are travelling to.

It is worth noting that for PCR tests needed on arrival in a foreign country, it is worth going through a private test provider or through the airline to ensure the results arrive in time, with airports often taking at least 24 hours.

We’ve explained how much your Covid tests will cost you depending on where you go on holiday including to Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Here are how much Covid tests will cost either through your airline or which airport you arrive in.

Brits have been heading to green-list Portugal, and Spain, on the amber list

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Brits have been heading to green-list Portugal, and Spain, on the amber listCredit: Alamy

Heathrow Airport

Passengers flying from Heathrow can book PCR tests from £59 as Cignpost ExpressTest becomes the airport’s main testing partner.

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Passengers arriving at Heathrow from green list countries will be able to take their test on arrival at the airport, complying with the Government’s requirements to complete a test by day 2 of their entry to the UK.

All services will provide passengers with their PCR test results by 10pm the following day.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is offering both walk-in and drive-through Covid testing, which must be booked in advance.

Costing £60, passengers can drive through the South Terminal Long Stay Car Park or walk to the North Terminal arrivals to have their test.

Group discounts are available, while non-travellers can also have tests for £99.

Gatwick Airport offers drive-through and walk-in Covid testing

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Gatwick Airport offers drive-through and walk-in Covid testingCredit: Getty

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport offers PCR tests with provider Collinson for £66, with results in 48 hours.

This is the same for London Stansted and East Midlands Airport, who are all owned by MAG, and London Luton, who has also teamed up with Collinson.

TUI

TUI has partnered with government-authorised providers Chronomics to offer both a pre-departure lateral flow test and a PCR test for £20, for Brits returning from green list countries.

TUI has launched an amber test package as well, costing £50, and includes a lateral flow test and two PCR tests which have to be taken on day two and day eight when back in the UK.

EasyJet

EasyJet has partnered with Randox to offer £60 home testing kits with results given in 12-24 hours, and using the code easyJet2021.

They have also teamed up with Collinson at UK airports, with £66 PCT tests when travelling through London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester Airport.

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Most of Europe is on the amber list

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Most of Europe is on the amber list

Ryanair

Ryanair has teamed up with test provider Randox to offer half-price PCR tests for £60.

Using the code RYANHTK21, passengers can pay £60 instead of the £120 for an at-home testing kit, with results the next day.

British Airways

British Airways has teamed up with 10 different Covid test providers, including Randox and CityDoc, starting from just £60.

They are currently trialling 25-second Pelican Covid-19 antigen tests, as the first airline to do so.

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Brits heading to Spain no longer need to quarantine or have a negative Covid test, even if not fully vaccinated.

Portugal, the only green list holiday destinations, still requires a negative Covid test on arrival, or proof of both vaccinations.

Other countries may enforce travel restrictions against the UK – France has already warned of this due to the Indian variant while Germany has banned UK travellers.

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