Test to Release (Arrivals COVID-19 Testing)

COVID-19 testing for arrivals at East Midlands Airport

Book Your COVID-19 Test

From the 15th of December, travellers arriving into England from countries not on the travel corridor list will have the option to reduce the current 10 day isolation period by taking a COVID-19 test with an approved provider.

Under the new ‘Test to Release’ strategy, travellers will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation. A negative result will release them from the requirement to further isolate.

Please do not use the airport testing facility if you suspect you may have COVID-19. If this is the case, you must use NHS testing facilities.

Travellers must not use NHS testing facilities for travel related purposes.

*By clicking a booking link on this page, you are leaving the East Midlands Airport website and making a booking with a third party partner.

Important Information

Please remember to complete a Passenger Locator Form before you arrive in the UK. This should include your test booking reference for Test to Release. Make sure that your chosen test provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list.

Test to Release Testing Options

If you are travelling through East Midlands Airport, you currently have three options for testing on arrival.*

  • Get a test at our airport testing facility

  • Apply for a home test kit

  • Get a test with one of our high street test partners

* Make sure that your chosen test provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list, which is being regularly updated.

How It Works

Testing At Location

1.) Book your test slot with one of our travel test providers; Collinson at East Midlands Airport or one of our local partners.

2.) Arrive at your appointed time at your chosen testing facility, with any required identification and proof of booking for your test. Please remember to wear a mask unless exempt due to health reasons.

3.) Your test sample will be collected by a clinical professional to be analysed.

4.) You will then receive your test results within the turnaround time guaranteed by your chosen provider.

Test At Home

1.) Book and pay for your test online.

2.) Your test kit will be delivered to your door.

3.) Follow the instructions carefully to collect your sample.

4.) Send your completed test back to the lab for analysis.

5.) Once ready, your results will be available to download from your Patient Record.

Testing Centre Location

The East Midlands Airport COVID-19 testing facility reception can be found in Arrivals. Please report here to register and pay.

When it is time for your appointment, the Collinson team will direct you to the testing centre which is located in the Meet and Greet office.

If arriving by car please park in Short Stay 1 (parking fees apply).

Note: Please do not confuse the airport travel testing facility with the NHS drive-through testing facility also located on airport grounds.

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 19:00, 7 days a week

Car Park Location

Directions to Car Park

Short Stay 1

Exit the M1 or A42 onto the A453. Follow the road until you reach the main entrance to the airport. Turn right into the airport. At the roundabout, take your second exit going straight on towards the airport and Short Stay 1. The entrance to Short Stay 1 will be on your immediate left.

Paying For Parking

When you arrive at the car park, take a token from the barrier. When exiting the car park, insert the token into the barrier followed by a credit/debit card.

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Local COVID-19 Travel Test Providers

If you don’t live near or are unable to get to the airport for testing, you can also take a COVID-19 travel test with the following providers.

High Street


East Midlands Airport has partnered with Boots, who are offering a RT PCR test.

If you are travelling from East Midlands Airport, you can get a 5% discount off your test at Boots by filling in this form before visiting the Boots website.


East Midlands Airport has partnered with MASTA, who are offering RT PCR, Rapid Antigen and Antibody tests at selected clinics.

If you are travelling from East Midlands Airport, you can get a 5% discount off your test at MASTA by filling in this form and taking the discount code with you on the day of your test.

At Home

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor

If you’d like to get a RT PCR swab test kit online, you can request one from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. Delivered straight to your door, the test kit comes with everything you need to collect your sample and send back to the lab for analysis. You’ll be able to download your results from your Patient Record.

Request your at-home COVID-19 home testing kit.

Manchester Airport COVID 19 Testing

Official advice from the UK Government

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