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Need a Covid test abroad? Found out how in some popular holiday destinations

A deal from , 22. Jan. 2021 12:32 pm

When arriving in the UK, all travellers must now provide a negative Covid-19 test result when they check in to travel or board a plane, train or ferry, or face a fine of up to £500.

To be accepted, the test:

  • must have been taken the last three days
  • be in English, French or Spanish
  • meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml - a PCR lab-checked test should be sufficient

All travellers, including British citizens, not just visitors, must provide a negative test. However, children under 11 are excluded as well as people exempt for medical or work reasons.

For the most up to date information, visit gov.uk.

We've looked into how to get a test before you travel in some popular destinations: Spain, Turkey, USA, Majorca, Mexico, Egypt and Greek Islands


How to get a Covid test in Spain

  • Tests for travel or work would be unlikely to be covered by medical insurance meaning a private test is required
  • Several companies offer these including medmesafe that has more than 50 clinics throughout Spain with PCR tests starting from €119. Results can be accessed online

How to get a Covid test in Turkey

  • You can get a PCR test at Istanbul Airport up to 48 hours before your flight (no less than 12 hours before) and it costs about £26
  • Results take 4-8 hours and can be accessed online so you don't have to wait in the airport
  • Here is the official list of Authorised Diagnostic Laboratories throughout Turkey

How to get a Covid test in the USA

  • Things are a little trickier in the USA as each state does things differently
  • Visit the CDC website which lists out the Public Health Departments for each state
  • From there, you can access information relevant for where you are going
  • Tests are readily available and accessible throughout the US at private medical centres

How to get a Covid test in Majorca

  • There are a few private hospitals offering PCR tests
  • We found this one that allows booking online - Clinica Rotger - and results online too

How to get a Covid test in Mexico (Cancun)

  • There are quite a few places to get tested in Cancun and in fact, some hotels are even offering it as part of a booking for free or for between 33-250 USD
  • For a comprehensive list of available testing sites in Cancun, visit this blog but be sure the test is one accepted in the UK

How to get a Covid test in Egypt (Sharm el-Sheikh)

  • You can get tested in Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital but we would recommend checking this with your hotel
  • You need a copy of your passport's first page and last with a stamp and a copy of your flight ticket
  • Prices seem to be between £20-£25 but this isn't verified and results are within 24 hours

How to get a Covid test in Greek Islands

  • This would have to be done privately
  • There are quite a few clinics that offer this service including this one we found in Crete
  • If in doubt, your hotel should be able to help you book a test
  • For more information, check out the Greek National Public Health Organisation
Need a Covid test abroad? Found out how in some popular holiday destinations