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.

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 can provide on-site PCR and antigen testing at the Airport.

All customers of ExpressTest 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

  • 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 Birmingham Airport here. Once your test is booked and confirmed, 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 condition. 

Antigen Testing

  • A rapid antigen test - This is a lateral flow antigen test that should be taken no more than 4 hours 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 20 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 should book in advance through the ExpressTest booking website here. Face masks are mandatory for all, unless you have a medical condition. 

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.

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

  • The Netherlands - A negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival, plus proof of a negative rapid (antigen/LAMP) test taken no more than 4 hours before boarding
  • Germany - A negative PCR or antigen test must be presented at the start of your journey and taken less than 48 hours before entry to Germany. LAMP tests are now also accepted.
  • Romania - A negative PCR, taken no more than 48 hours before entering
  • Belgium - A negative PCR test, no more than 72 hours prior to arrival 
  • Denmark - A negative Covid-19 test, no more than 24 hours prior to arrival
  • India - A negative PCR test, no more than 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Ireland - A negative/’not detected’ result from a PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival
  • France - A negative PCR test, carried out less than 72 hours before departure
  • UAE - A negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departure 

List of local providers: general testing

The UK government has also provided a list of locally approved providers that offer tests...

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

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