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Some countries require a negative Covid-19 test certificate to gain entry. Entry requirements can change at any time, so we strongly advise you check the FCDO website for the very latest guidance. In addition, the FCDO can also advise on the type of test required as well as the likely testing time frame for the country you intend to visit. If you have made a booking with Your Co-op Travel, we will of course provide you with all the advice and support needed.

Travel health with Your Co-op Pharmacy & testing


At Your Co-op Travel, your safety and well-being are our top priority. That’s why we’re working together with Your Co-op Pharmacy to help you with travel healthcare, including our Online Doctor Service.

Follow this link to visit the Your Co-op Pharmacy Travel Healthcare site: https://www.cooppharmacy.coop/travel-healthcare/

Covid-19 Testing 

Supplier Type of Test Co-op Travel Customer Price
Randox Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 Test Pack £86 with code: MCOOP
Randox Pre Departure Test £43 with code: MCOOP
Randox Test to Release (Day 5) £43 with code: MCOOP
Randox Day 2 COVID-19 Test £43 with code: MCOOP
Randox Day 8 COVID-19 Test £43 with code: MCOOP
Randox Amber Travel Pack £129 with code: MCOOP
Randox Algarve Return Travel Pack* £189 with code: MCOOP
Randox Green Travel Pack £86 with code: MCOOP
C19 Testing Return to the UK Pre-departure Test Kit £20 with exclusive voucher code


The 'Return to the UK Pre-departure Test Kit' exclusive voucher code will be provided when you purchase your holiday.

Please note that Your Co-op Pharmacy and Your Co-op Travel are not responsible for the testing of samples or the service you may receive. There are many private businesses that offer Covid-19 testing solutions, we are not liable for selecting the right one, the administration of the tests or any changes to requirements.

What is a PCR test?


PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a type of test that checks if the Covid-19 virus is present in your body.  

For more information on the types of available tests please visit: gov.uk/government/publications/how-tests-and-testing-kits-for-coronavirus-covid-19-work/for-patients-the-public-and-professional-users-a-guide-to-covid-19-tests-and-testing-kits


Test to release for international travel


The Government has introduced the ‘test to release for international travel’ scheme for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England. You can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test to reduce the amount of time you need to self-isolate for. The earliest you can take the test is five full days after you have left a destination on the amber list. If you were to not opt into the scheme you would need to self-isolate for the full ten days. For more information please visit: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

The Government has also compiled a list of private test providers as part of the ‘Test to Release for International Travel’ scheme. Follow the link for more information: gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

Testing for people travelling to England


The UK Government have provided a useful step by step guide for travelling aboard during the pandemic. Follow the link to find out more: gov.uk/travel-abroad

All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure.  

Arriving from an amber country

From 4am Monday 19 July you will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 COVID-19 test when you arrive from a country on the amber list, as long as you:
- have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme
- have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England.

You will still need to book a day 2 test to take when you arrive in England.

You will need to:

- declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form

- show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel

Children under the age of 18, who are returning to the UK, and people taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials will also be exempt from requirements to quarantine and take the day 8 test.

If you are not fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you will have to quarantine on arrival and take both the day 2 and day 8 tests. The ‘Test to Release for International Travel’ scheme can be used to reduce the self-isolation period to five days.

France is currently on the amber plus list which means that you will need to self-isolate on your
return and take a day 8 test whether you have been fully or vaccinated or not.

Arriving from a red country

All passengers arriving from countires on the red list will be subject to a managed quarantine at a government approved hotel. Further PCR tests are required on or before day 2 and on day 8. 

Useful Links

All travellers are still required to complete the passenger locator form.

For more information on testing requirements please visit: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england

For more information on quarantine requirements please visit: gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

For more information on red list requirements please visit: gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19

Traffic light guide (returning to the UK)


Testing at UK airports


Testing is available at the following UK Airports:

Birmingham International Airport 

Edinburgh Airport 

London Gatwick Airport

Edinburgh Airport, provided by:


Leeds Bradford Airport

Newcastle Airport, provided by:


London Heathrow Airport

London Stansted Airport

London City Airport

London Luton Airport

Manchester Airport

East Midlands Airport, provided by:


ABTA guidance for staying safe on holiday: abta.com/tips-and-advice/staying-safe-on-holiday

In addition, the Government provide guidance for British people travelling abroad during the Coronavirus pandemic at: gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus#plan-for-your-travel-checklist

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