Last update: 11.01.22
Find out which countries are currently accepting 'Fit to Fly' Rapid Antigen (Lateral Flow) Tests for entry from the UK in this blog.
While many international travel destinations require a negative PCR test in order to travel abroad, some countries are accepting a negative Rapid Antigen Test for entry into the country - providing all other conditions and stipulations are met. Some of the destinations below, for example, are not currently accepting travellers from the UK unless they are residents of the destination country or they have a work related or emergency reason. Others may require a lateral flow test to be done in person or under supervision rather than self-testing.
Please note: while we endeavour to keep our travel advice updated at all times, the rapidly changing situation means entry requirements can change very quickly. If your destination of choice is listed below, please click to follow the link to the Gov.uk website in order to check the testing requirements have not changed.
Below is a list of countries currently allowing Rapid Test results to enter the country from the UK (provided all other conditions are met):
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- British Virgin Islands
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States
What are the New Rules About Covid Testing in the UK and When Do They Come in to Force?
All vaccinated travellers arriving into the country will be allowed to take a Lateral Flow Test for their Day 2 Test from 9th January.
From January 7th, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a pre-departure test.
The rules for unvaccinated travellers remain unchanged. Arrivals into the UK who have not received both doses of their vaccination are required to take a Lateral Flow Test before setting off for the UK and to self-isolate for 10 Days when they arrive back in the UK, taking a Day 2 and 8 PCR test in this time. There is also the option to take a Day 5 Test to Release, to end isolation early.
Can I Buy a Lateral Flow Test Kit with Video Verification for 'Fit to Fly' to the USA?
Yes, from 8th November 2021 passengers from the UK are once again allowed to enter the USA and can take either an in-clinic Rapid Antigen Test (£39) or order a Home-Testing Kit with Live Video Verification (£39 + p&p), provided they meet all the other criteria listed on the US Government website regarding eligibility to travel. While many destinations accept photo verification self-test Lateral Flow Tests for entry, the US currently requires an enhanced level of verification, and Private Harleys Street Clinic is pleased to offer a postal kit and online video call for just £39 + p&p.
Please note: The testing kit and procedure provided as part of this service are suitable for entry into the USA only for passengers who meet all other suitability criteria. Please carefully check the entry requirements on the US Government website, paying particular attention to the testing time-frames for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers (these are different), testing for children, and who is and is not considered to be fully vaccinated, to ensure that you are definitely eligible to travel.
Can I still Use a Lateral Flow Test for Day 2 Tests?
Yes, our flagship Lateral Flow Testing Kit product MY TRAVEL TEST can be used as a Day 2 Test if you're fully jabbed.
Which Countries are on the New UK Red List?
There are currently no countries or territories on the red list for travel to England
Can I Use an NHS Rapid Antigen Test to Travel to the USA, and other destinations?
No, free NHS Rapid Tests cannot be used for international travel. You should book a Private Rapid Antigen Test in order to get a 'Fit to Fly Certificate'. Private Harley Street Clinic is a Government listed testing partner and offer walk-in appointments with no booking necessary. Results are available in 30 minutes.
Can I take a Pre-Departure Rapid Antigen Test Away with Me?
Yes, you can purchase a travel testing kit and verify the result online. MY TRAVEL TEST is a £24 complete at-home COVID Testing Kit and Online Verification service designed to get you tested and certified as testing negative in under 30 minutes; whether you need an at-home Fit to Fly Test or a Pre-Departure Test Kit to take abroad.
Can I put a Rapid Antigen Test in my Hand Luggage?
We recommend putting your Rapid Antigen Test in your checked baggage - but if you're only taking hand luggage with you, we advise that you open your testing package before passing through security, remove the small liquid vial and place it in your clear plastic bag as part of your liquids allowance, to ensure you don't experience delays at security.
Which Countries Still Require a PCR Test for Entry?
Please note, while we endeavour to keep this list up to date, travel requirements are changing all the time and many destinations listed below require additional criteria to met met (such a citizenship, vaccination etc.).
If your destination is on this list below, please ensure you click through to the relevant page on the UK Gov website to check whether you meet the entry requirements. Countries which are completely closed to travel or where testing requirements are unclear are not listed.
Please see below a list of destinations still requiring PCR Tests for entry into the country.
Papua New Guinea
St Kitts & Nevis
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates