Departures testing information

Testing for departing passengers

Passengers should check the rules and/or restrictions of the arrival destination country with your airline or tour operator. Many countries require you to carry out a test before arriving, known as a Fit to Fly, and countries may have local restrictions in place which you should be aware of before you depart.

NHS tests cannot be used for the purpose of pre-departure testing and the type of test and timing required in which to take the test varies by destination. Please ensure that you confirm the type of test required before booking a test. 

ExpressTest has two sites at the airport:

Walk-in: Located in the airport's South Terminal, once booked please park in Car Park 1 (parking fees apply) and make your way to the terminal building; entrance is via Door A. Face masks are mandatory for all, unless you have a medical exemption. This ExpressTest site offers both PCR Fit to Fly and Antigen Lateral Flow Fit to Fly tests. Non-vaccinated travellers returning to the UK will also need to book a pre-return travel test and this self-test postal kit is also offered by ExpressTest. All tests must be pre-booked in advance.

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Drive-through:  Located in Car Park 7 next to the Holiday Inn and Travelodge hotels. This site offers PCR Fit to Fly tests.

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All ExpressTest customers must pre-book via their website and will need to bring their passport as ID in order to have their test.  The test certificate will then match the name on the passport for valid travel.

PCR Testing - £59 per person

  • Gold standard RT-PCR test with Fit to Fly Certification - This is a PCR test which is designed to be used if you require a certificate for international travel to prove you have been screened for COVID-19.
  • Results to be delivered by 10pm the day after your test, however, results could take up to 48 hours to receive.
  • The UK government has advised the NHS testing service cannot be used to provide evidence of a negative test for non-essential travel.

Customers can book a PCR test at both the ExpressTest drive through and walk-in locations. Bookings must be made in advance.

Antigen Testing - £35 per person

  • A rapid antigen test - This is a lateral flow antigen test that can be taken before boarding your flight.
  • Customers are asked to leave sufficient time prior to their flight as they may have to queue in busy periods.
  • Results take approximately 30 minutes and will be sent via email.
  • The UK government has advised the NHS testing service cannot be used to provide evidence of a negative test for non-essential travel.

Current testing requirements for flights from Birmingham Airport

Please note, testing requirements are subject to frequent changes, so please check the UK government website before you travel for the latest information.

Please see our Travel Portal containing all the information you need to know when booking your next break including guidance on the latest travel restrictions including the traffic light system, rules around quarantine, and testing requirements for each destination featured.

NHS tests cannot be used for the purpose of pre-departure testing, a private test needs to be booked.

Do not confuse the airport travel testing facility with the NHS drive-through testing facility located in Car Park 5.

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