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.

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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