Traveling abroad and Coronavirus tests

With social distancing relaxing lots of people have asked us testing for traveling abroad.
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The Government advises against all but essential international travel and people entering the UK, except to specific countries (CLICK HERE for the full list), will have to complete a passenger locator form and self-isolate on arrival for 14 days.

If you are planning to visit another country you should check their rules for visitors either by checking the www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or by contacting their embassy as many countries have rules over quarantining new arrivals.

Some countries ask for people to get coronavirus tests before traveling and to present certificates on arrival that show they do not have Coronavirus. Others ask for people to self-isolate or undergo tests when they arrive.

Testing for international travel purposes is available privately in the UK but not via the NHS.

We are not able to advise on private providers but some doctors, travel clinics or testing services offer these tests on a private basis. You should expect to pay a charge for this service and should check that the test and associated paperwork meets the requirements of your destination before you chose. 

NHS Coronavirus tests do not provide the certificates that travellers need to avoid self-isolation at their destination. So whilst anyone with symptoms should book a free coronavirus test online or by calling 119, this will not meet requirements for people traveling abroad.

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