Coronavirus Testing Information

COVID-19 Travel Testing

In response to the UK Government announcement on Tuesday 15 March about COVID-19 travel testing, we have updated our arrivals testing information from Friday 18 March.

From Friday 18 March travellers arriving in England no longer require testing or a Passenger Locator Form.

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Departures Testing

COVID-19 Departures Testing Information

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

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

Types of COVID-19 Test

Collinson and Randox are offering a number of COVID-19 testing options at East Midlands Airport. Please see below for more information.

Note: As test requirements vary from country to country, make sure to check which test is needed for the destination you are travelling to.

Don’t eat or drink for half an hour before your test as it may affect the result.

Departures Testing

  • RT PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction)

    The RT PCR test is one of the most common forms of COVID-19 testing. A sample is taken by swab and results usually take between 3 - 48 hours depending which provider and option you choose.

  • Rapid Antigen

    This test is an option for entry into certain countries. A sample is taken by either swab or saliva and the results take less than 1 hour.

  • Antibody

    An Antibody test is used to test if a traveller has contracted the virus at some point in the past. It is currently only required for admission into certain countries. A blood sample is taken and results take between 1 - 48 hours depending on which provider you choose.
     

Arrivals Testing

From Friday 18 March travellers arriving in England no longer require testing or a Passenger Locator Form.

For departures testing before you travel abroad, please check the UK Government’s travelling abroad guidance for entry restrictions, testing, or quarantine requirements for the country you are travelling to.

How it works

  1. Check the testing requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Consider when you are required to take your test, as well as the results turnaround time.

  2. Book your test appointment with one of our travel test providers; Collinson or Randox.

  3. Don’t eat or drink for half an hour before your test as it may affect the result.

  4. 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.

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

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

Testing Centre Locations

  1. Administration Building Testing Centre - A walk through testing centre, located within the East Midlands Airport Administration Building. 

  2. JetParks 2 Testing Centre - A drive through testing centre, located at the JetParks 2 car park.



All of our testing centres are open 7 days a week. Opening hours vary.

If you are arriving by car and using an airport car park, parking fees will apply.

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Off-Airport Testing Options

Testing at the airport may not be the most convenient option for all travellers. If you prefer to take your travel tests in a high street location or self-test at home, you may wish to consider the following providers.

*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.

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ExpressTest

Take your PCR or Antigen Lateral Flow test at Northampton RFC, Birmingham Airport, or any one of the regional testing centres right across the country. Alternatively, a wide range of home testing options are also available.

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

Public Health England

Public Health England

Visit the Public Health England website for more information about Coronavirus

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