Last update: 21.06.22
Find out which countries are currently accepting 'Fit to Fly' Rapid Antigen (Lateral Flow) Tests for entry from the UK in this blog.
Depending on your vaccination status, some international travel destinations still require a negative PCR test in order to travel abroad, while others are accepting a negative Rapid Antigen Test for entry into the country - providing all other conditions and stipulations are met. You can book an in clinic lateral flow test here, or order an at home self testing Fit to Fly kit. Some of the destinations below, for example, are not currently accepting unvaccinated travellers from the UK if they have an exemption 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 requiring Rapid Test results to enter the country from the UK (regardless of vaccination status):
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- South Korea
- Trinidad & Tobago
Which Countries Still Require a PCR Test for Entry?
Below is a list of countries currently requiring a negative PCR result to enter the country from the UK (regardless of vaccination status):
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- China (2 PCR Tests Required)
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- St Lucia
Which Countries Accept Rapid Antigen Tests if You're Unvaccinated*?
Below is a list of countries currently accepting a negative Rapid Antigen result to enter the country from the UK if you don't qualify as fully vaccinated:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Cape Verde
- Dominican Republic
- French Polynesia
- San Marino
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
* please check whether an in clinic, Zoom supervised or self-reported home test is suitable - Private Harley Street Clinic can provide all three.
Which Countries Ask Require a PCR Test if You're Unvaccinated?
Below is a list of countries currently requiring a negative PCR result to enter the country from the UK if you don't qualify as fully vaccinated:
- Cote d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- United Arab Emirates
Which Countries Can I Travel to Without Pre-Departure Testing if Unvaccinated*?
Below is a list of countries currently which don't currently require proof of vaccinated or a negative Covid test:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
- New Caledonia
- North Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
*please note, some destinations may ask for unvaccinated passengers to submit to testing on arrival and/or quarantine at their own cost. Please click through to check on the uk.gov website
Can I Buy a Lateral Flow Test Kit with Video Verification?
Please note: The testing kit and procedure provided as part of this service are suitable for entry only for passengers who meet all other suitability criteria. Please carefully check the relevant entry requirements online, 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 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 or a one of our 5* rated Online Zoom Tests 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 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.