Pre-Departure COVID-19 testing

Get tested for COVID-19 before you fly

Book your COVID-19 test

With many popular destinations already requiring evidence of a negative test result to gain entry or to reduce quarantine time, East Midlands Airport has decided to partner with Collinson to provide COVID-19 testing at the airport for individuals wishing to travel.

You must pre-book your test in advance using the Collinson booking portal linked on this page.

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 drive-through testing facilities.

Travellers must not use NHS drive-through 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

Check your destination: remember, certain destinations require specific tests and the results to be presented in a particular format. Make sure both the type of test and the test provider’s certificate (which could be paper or digital) are accepted by the country you are travelling to. Please check the foreign government guidelines for your destination, as well as the UK Government COVID-19 travel advice.

COVID-19 Testing options

Information provided in this table should be used for guidance only. Please check the UK government COVID-19 travel advice as well as local government travel advice for your destination. Testing type requirements vary, make sure you are booking the correct test for your destination.

This table was updated on 01/12/20.

Test Type

Sample Method

Result Time*




Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction


48 hours


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RT Lamp

Reverse-Transcription Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification


< 90 minutes


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Rapid Antigen

Also commonly referred to as Lateral Flow tests

Swab / Saliva

< 1 hour


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Tests if someone had the virus previously


24 - 72 hours


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* Results time will vary by provider. Consider both the results turnaround time and how recently your destination requires you to have been tested when booking your slot.

How it works

  1. Check the entry requirements of the destination you are flying to. Some destinations require specific tests and proof of testing in a particular format. Look at both. Read the most recent UK Government Travel Advice.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. You will then receive your test results within the turnaround time guaranteed by your chosen provider. Remember to consider the results turnaround time as well as how recently your destination requires you to have been tested when booking your slot.

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 Provider

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 at local Boots stores. 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.

Manchester Airport COVID 19 Testing

Official advice from the UK Government

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Health advice from the NHS

For health information ad advice, read the NHS pages on coronavirus

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Public Health England

Public Health England

Visit the Public Health England website for more information about Coronavirus

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Travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for the latest worldwide travel advice

Visit the FCO website