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.
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.
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.
The Antibody test is currently required for entry into certain countries. It is used to tell if a traveller has come into contact with COVID-19 previously. A blood sample is taken and it takes under 60 minutes to get results.
Unvaccinated Day 2 and 8
The Unvaccinated day 2 and 8 package comprises two RT PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, one on or before day 2 and one on or after day 8. The RT PCR test is one of the most common forms of COVID-19 testing, during which a sample is taken by swab and results take up to 48 hours. You must quarantine for 10 days, even if your results are negative, unless you also take a day 5 Test to Release test.