Day 2 PCR test

Day 2 PCR test for international arrivals.

If you are not fully vaccinated according to UK government guidelines, you need to take a Day 2 PCR test. 

You will receive your passenger locator reference number with this test.

 

Disclaimer: If test results are delayed due to any issue at the Lab or results are inconclusive, as we are independent of Lab, we cannot be liable for any late or inconclusive results.
Recommended – We recommend having adequate travel insurance in case of an ‘inconclusive’ result (frequency approx 1 in 500) 

When you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must book day 2 test before you travel.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Even if you are not fully vaccinated, the fully vaccinated rules apply if you are:

  • under 18 and resident in the UK or a country or territory which has approved proof of vaccination
  • taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials)
  • unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in England

Read about applying for a medical exemption from vaccination using the NHS COVID Pass if you live in England.

Proving your vaccination status

If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either:

Paper certificates are also available.

There are different ways to prove your vaccination status if you were vaccinated outside of the UK.

Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated.

If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.