How much do Covid tests for travel cost? Latest airport and airline prices revealed

BRITS will be able to return from amber list countries without having to quarantine from July 19, if they are fully vaccinated.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday that Brits will instead be able to follow the green list destination rules instead.

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

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

The government have a dedicated website offering Covid tests for both amber and green list destinations here.

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.

Heathrow Airport

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

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.

Manchester/Stansted/East Midlands 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 £43 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.

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.

They also have £43 pre-departure kits or £86 green travel kits, using code FLYRYANAIR.

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.

Where else can I get my Covid tests to travel?

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

Boots has recently joined with easyJet to offer an at-home self-swab COVID-19 PCR Test Kit' for £65 with results between 24-48 hours.

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Holidaymakers will still have to check the entry restrictions for their destination too, as many are enforcing quarantines or mandatory tests.

Both Portugal and Malta are only welcoming fully-vaccinated Brits, along with France while Spain now requires a negative test, or proof of both jabs, from all UK arrivals.

Brits heading to Cyprus will need to have two Covid tests unless they are fully vaccinated.

However, Germany has recently lifted restrictions for Brits who are fully vaccinated, after initially closing their borders to the UK due to the Delta variant.

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