Departures testing information

Testing for departing passengers

All passengers should check the rules and/or restrictions at the arrival destination with your airline or tour operator. Many countries require you to carry out a test before arriving in the country or have local restrictions in place which you may wish to be aware of before you leave home.

NHS tests cannot be used for the purpose of pre-departure testing and the types of test and the timing required to take the test before departure vary 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 site offers Fit to Fly PCR & antigen testing. 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 Fit to Fly PCR testing.

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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

  • 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.

Customers who require an antigen test at the ExpressTest walk-in site must book in advance. Face masks are mandatory for all, unless you have a medical condition. Lateral flow testing is not offered at the ExpressTest drive through.

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.

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

Currently passengers travelling to the following countries are required to present the following negative tests prior to entry. 

Country  Requirements for entry Timing of test Travelling with children Additional information
Balearic Islands A negative PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain or proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival.

72 hours prior to arrival

Rules apply to anyone aged 12 and over

No test is needed if you have proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified), with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation

Gibraltar

For unvaccinated travellers, a Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test is required.

A lateral flow test is then required within 24 hours of arrival for all passengers and on day 5.

Carried out within 24 hours prior to arrival in Gibraltar

All passengers 12 years and over

Test needs to be conducted on day 5 if person is remaining in Gibraltar for more than 7 days

Book a free test at https://www.covidrapidtest.gi 

 

Greece and Greek Islands

A negative PCR test 72 hour period before your arrival time in Greece or a negative rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory 48 hours prior to travel if unvaccinated.

Arrivals must provide either: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight; or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel 

These requirements are compulsory for all travellers above the age of 12.

Passengers arriving from the UK may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival.

Malta N/A full vaccination needed

N/A

Children aged 5-11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents/legal guardian and must show evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, dated within 72 hours before arrival. Children under 5 do not need a test. Children aged 12-18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination.

The Maltese authorities have announced that they will require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination. Only the NHS COVID Pass letter will be accepted, not the digital app version, nor a printout of the digital app. See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status’

Northern Ireland A rapid lateral flow device test before entry

 

 

A passenger locator form does not need to be completed if you haven't been outside the Common Travel Area for the past 10 days

 

Portugal A negative PCR or antigen test

PCR - Carried out within 72 hours of travel

Antigen - Carried out within 48 hours of travel

All passengers excluding children up to the age of 12 travelling to or through Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test results at the time of boarding

If you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. You must be able to show you have completed the vaccination programme.

Poland

UK nationals, their spouses and children are included in the list of those who are exempt from entry restrictions related to COVID-19

     
Republic of Ireland

A negative PCR test

Carried within 72 hours before your arrival in Ireland All children aged six and under are exempt from testing Mandatory 14 day quarantine is required by all passengers who arrive in Ireland

This advice was accurate at the time of publishing and we strongly recommend that you also check with your airline to check its advice on Covid travel requirements.

  • For passenger entering The Netherlands - A negative rapid test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure, or a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and a negative rapid test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure.
  • For passengers transiting through The Netherlands should check the Dutch Government’s website for comprehensive information on testing requirements and exemptions.
  • Germany - From 7 July the UK is designated as a high-incidence area, which means that you may only enter Germany from the UK if you are fully vaccinated (for any travel purpose), or, if not, you are a German citizen or, resident, or their spouse/partner/child under 18 serve in an important role, or have an urgent need to travel.
  • Belgium - The UK is currently classified as red zone (high risk) on the Belgian Government’s travel colour code system. If you are not a citizen or resident of Belgium or another EU/Schengen country you will only be able to travel to Belgium for a very limited set of reasons, set out on the Belgian Government’s website. All travellers arriving from the UK will be required to comply with a mandatory 10 day quarantine. Those not resident in Belgium will have to provide evidence of a negative PCR Test taken within 72 hours before arriving in Belgium and are required to take a further test on Day 7.
  • Denmark - Entry to Denmark is assessed by risk level of the particular country/region you are travelling from. This is categorised by green, yellow, orange and red ratings. The risk level and whether you are fully vaccinated will determine whether you need to test, self-isolate on entry and whether you need a worthy purpose to enter. Danish authorities will review the risk level weekly. If you are planning a trip to Denmark check the latest travel rules before you travel.
  • Republic of Ireland - Provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement.
  • Northern Ireland - If you're travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey. You should only travel if the test is negative. You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay.
  • France - The UK is currently on France’s amber list. Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons and need to adhere to entry requirements found here. Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present evidence of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure; proof of vaccination status; and a completed ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.
  • UAE - You must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. More information here.
  • Portugal and Madeira - With the exception of children up to the age of 12, you must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through Portugal. The test can be a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), including RT-PCR, taken within 72 hours of travel, or an Antigen test that meets the performance standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests, taken within 48 hours of travel. If you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. You must be able to show you have completed the vaccination programme.
  • Greece and the Greek Islands - Arrivals from the UK must provide either: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight; or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel (see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status). Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece. Passengers arriving from the UK might need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival.
  • Spain - From 2 July, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination. Documentation certifying that you have undertaken a COVID-19 PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain and tested negative. Antigen tests are only accepted in certain limited circumstances. 
  • Poland - UK nationals, their spouses and children are included in the list of those who are exempt from entry restrictions related to COVID-19. If you are fully vaccinated, you are exempt from quarantine on arrival in Poland, but must present evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination at the border and 14 days must have passed since your final dose. If you enter Poland directly from the United Kingdom, you must undergo mandatory quarantine. You can leave quarantine after 7 days if you receive a negative antigen or PCR COVID test result, or after 10 days without taking a test. Compulsory quarantine does not apply if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Romania - The UK is on Romania’s “Red List” of countries of high epidemiological risk. Travellers arriving from the UK will be required to quarantine for fourteen days, with the exception of anyone who can demonstrate proof of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19, completed at least ten days before arrival in Romania, or proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 between 14 and 90 days before arriving in Romania.
  • Jersey - All passengers are offered testing on arrival into Jersey free of charge. Passengers who do not take part in the testing programme must isolate for 14 days. 

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

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