Do I need a Coronavirus test before I fly?

Our country-by-country guide to flying abroad during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic

Lots of people can't wait to get away on holiday this summer, as the restrictions around coronavirus are relaxed, but proving you're fit to fly has become an essential part of many holidays abroad.

We've put together a quick country-by-country guide for everyone wanting to fly this summer, with details of what tests are required prior to departure or arrival.

We update this regularly to keep it accurate, but please let us know if you spot a mistake by emailing [email protected].

Coronavirus antigen test requirements

The following countries currently do not require you to take a Coronavirus test prior to entry from the UK, unless you have been to a high risk country in the previous 14 days:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Italy & Vatican City
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • South Georgia and Sandwich Islands
  • Spain
  • Spanish Territories
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

The countries in the list below all require that you do take a Covid-19 antigen test to show that you're not carrying the Coronavirus.

DestinationType of testTime before arrival in country
AlbaniaRT-PCR3 days
Antigua + Bermuda (Barbuda)RT-PCR7 days or less
ArubaNo testBorders are open but due to FCO advising against travel, insurance will be difficult to obtain
AustriaRC-PCR4 days or less
AzerbaijanRT-PCR2 days or less
AzoresRT-PCR3 days or less (you will be required to provide another negative test after 6 days in country) - All boat arrivals require a negative test result within 3 days of last port.
BahamasRT-PCR10 days or less
BangladeshRT-PCR3 days or less
BarbadosRT-PCR3 days or less (Failure to show a valid test result will mean a fine of $150 and quarantine for 48 hrs while waiting for test results to come back)
BelarusRT-PCR2 days or less
BoliviaRT-PCRFrom 31st July any person visiting will have to show a recent negative test result for Covid-19 (within 7 days) - Airline crew are required from now.
BrazilRT-PCRAt this time any passenger arriving in Brazil when they reopen the border on 29th July will have to show a negative test result. (time frame unsure)
CambodiaRT-PCR3 days or less
CyprusRT-PCR3 days or less (UK citizens only able to enter if have citizenship or residency - must have negative test result pre departure)
Czech RepublicRC-PCR3 days or less
DenmarkRT-PCR3 days or less (Evidence of a stay 6 days or longer must be provided)
DominicaRT-PCR + Antibody on arrival3 days or less RT-PCR only (Border re-opens 15th August)
DubaiRT-PCR4 days or less (Anyone travelling wil have to complete a Health Decleration Form and Quarantine Form) Travel is open from 7th July
EcuadorRT-PCR3 days or less
Equatorial GuineaRT-PCR2 days or less
EstoniaRT-PCR3 days or less
EthiopiaRT-PCR3 days or less
FranceNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
French PolynesiaRT-PCR5 days or less (Borders set to re-open 15th July)
GabonRT-PCROnly nationals and residents are able to return - they will have to have a test 5 days or less before travelling
GermanyNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
GibraltarNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
GreeceRT-PCR2 days or less with a Passenger Locator Form
GreenlandRT-PCR5 days or less
Guinea-BissauRT-PCRNegative Test
GuyanaRT-PCRFrom 31st July any person visitng will have to show a recent negative test result for Covid-19 (within 7 days)
Hungary (Only UK Nationals with Residency)RT-PCR2 consecutive negative test results within 5 days prior to travel
IcelandRT-PCR4 days or less (you will have to pay for one on entry as well)
IndonesiaRT-PCR7 days or less
Italy & Vatican CityNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
JamaicaRT-PCR7 days or less
KazakhstanRT-PCR5 days or less (nationals and residents only)
Lao People's Dem. Rep.RT-PCR3 days or less (travel restarts 31st July)
LebanonRT-PCR4 days or less
LiberiaRT-PCR3 days or less (advised)
LiberiaRT-PCRA negative test result must be shown on arrival
LiechtensteinNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
LuxembourgNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
Madeira + Porto SantoRT-PCR3 days or less
MalaysiaRT-PCR2 days or less (Will be required to do a second upon arrival)
MonacoNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
MontenegroRT-PCR3 days or less (Only for passport holders of - Albania, Bosnia +Herzegovnia, Canada, Israel, Kosovo, Singapore, Turkey or Ukraine)
NigeriaRT-PCROnly nationals and residents are able to return - they will have to have a test 5 days or less before travelling
PolandNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
PortugalRT-PCR3 days or less
Puerto Rico (from 15th July)RT-PCR3 days or less
Saint LuciaRT-PCR2 days or less
Saint MartinRT-PCR2 days or less
San MarinoNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
Schengen AreaRT-PCR3 days or less
SenegalRT-PCR7 days or less (15th July onward)
SerbiaNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
Slovenia (when quarantine ends)RT-PCR3 days or less
South Georgia and Sandwich IslandsNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
South KoreaRT-PCR2 days or less
SpainNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior (Health questionairre to be completed 48 hrs prior to travel)
Spanish TerritoriesNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
St Vincent + GrenadinesRT-PCR + AntibodyAntibody - 5 days or less + Antigen 2 days or less
SwitzerlandNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
TaiwanRT-PCR3 days or less
ThailandRT-PCR3 days or less
TurkeyNo testFreedom to travel from the UK - unless you have been to a high risk country within 14 days prior
TurkmenistanRT-PCR3 days or less (travel restarts 20th July)
UAE (travelling between Emirates)RT-PCR2 days or less

What's a RT-PCR? Is it a Covid-19 antigen test?

The RT-PCR test is used to check whether you've currently got Covid-19, even if you haven't got any symptoms. Many countries are now requiring incoming travellers to show that you don't have the Coronavirus and won't risk infecting other people during your holiday or travels. This might either be on arrival in the country, disrupting your first night's stay, or before departure, at a clinic, health centre or at the airport.

The Prova Health Pass ID app allows you to take your Coronavirus test before travel. Your test results are delivered in-app as soon as they're ready, and you can share your health status with a unique code to prove you're fit to travel.

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