Coronavirus Testing Information

From 17th May 2021 the rules for travelling abroad and returning to England have changed.

For further information on testing before you travel abroad, please see our Departures information below.

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. Please see our Arrivals information below to find out further information.

Please Note:

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.

Do not confuse the airport travel testing facility with the NHS drive-through testing facility also located on airport grounds.

*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.

East Midlands COVID 19 Testing

COVID-19 Travel Testing

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Departures Testing

COVID-19 Departures Testing Information

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Arrivals Testing

COVID-19 Arrivals Testing Information

Types of COVID-19 Test

Collinson 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.

  • RT PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction)

    The RT PCR test is one of the most popular forms of COVID testing. A sample is taken by swab and results usually take 48 hours.

  • RT Lamp (Reverse-Transcription Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification)

    This test is an option for entry into certain countries. A sample is taken by swab and the results take less than 90 minutes.

  • 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 24 and 72 hours.

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

Important Information

Check your destination: 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.

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

Boots

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.

MASTA

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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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

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