COVID-19 PCR Swab Test & Certificate (For Departure Travel) - Drop Box Returns

Includes Travel Certificate

COVID-free certificate for travel to countries that require one.

COVID-19 PCR Swab Test & Certificate (For Departure Travel) - Drop Box Returns

£59 each

£57 ex. VAT


An individual COVID-19 swab kit including RT-qPCR analysis in our leading pharmaceutical and healthcare laboratory (facility is a registered COVID Lab with the Department of Health & Social Care). The test can be taken in the home or workplace without the need for a medical professional and returned to the laboratory via our network of Drop Boxes.

The test is designed for those requiring a COVID free certificate for travel. We aim to turnaround tests received before our collection cut off time by the end (Midnight) the following day*. Please read for the specific turnaround schedule for your chosen drop box location. Results are returned via a PDF Laboratory Certificate of Analysis.

How does the process work?

  1. Understand the requirements for your destination country/airline. It is the responsibility of the traveller to assess if this test is acceptable for their needs in line with advice provided by their airline, tour operator or destination country government (including transiting countries).
  2. Order your test in plenty of time. Place your order before 2pm for same day shipping via DPD for a next day delivery (more remote locations will take longer as per DPD standard coverage). Orders are dispatched and delivered 7 days per week. Not going to be in? Once dispatched, you can edit your delivery address to pick your order up from any Rowlands Pharmacy, Morrisons, Homebase or Matalan.
  3. Register your kit on and plan for when is the best time to take your test - we advise to take your test as soon as you are in the required testing window timeframe.
  4. Take your sample specimen as per the test instruction leaflet and package for return.
  5. Return your sample to the chosen drop box location.
  6. We will transport your sample to one of our laboratories. Results will be provided by the 23:59 the next day* via email PDF. Note that each drop box location will have a daily collection cut off. Samples deposited into the drop box after this will be considered as deposited the following day. Cut off time varies per location.

*the vast majority of tests are processed within this timescale but allow as much time as possible as your sample may require retesting or there be a sudden increase in demand on our service.

Next Generation Test

The laboratory multiplex RT-qPCR kit uses proven primer and probe sequences targeting two different genes from SARS-CoV-2 (assay N1 and assay E) and an internal human control (assay RP). This internal human control ensures that a sufficient quantity of human genetic material has been collected during the sampling process and reduces the risk of false negatives from poorly sampled or unused swabs. The primer and probe sequences have been previously defined by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and have been extensively validated for the detection of COVID-19. Our test kits have been independently verified to achieve:

  • Test Specificity 99%.
  • Test Sensitivity 99.43%.

Kit Contents

  • CE-IVD Sterile Swab and Specimen tube (containing virus inactivating transport medium).
  • Barcode labels with simple online kit registration.
  • 95 kPa Biohazard transport bag
  • Laboratory testing via CE-IVD approved test carried out by our own or partnered laboratory.
  • Full instructions.

How does the test work?

The patient is required to provide a swab sample from the back of the throat, tonsils and nose. This swab is placed in inactivating transport media (meaning that should your sample contain COVID, the virus would be inactivated for safe transport).

The laboratory will then carry out the RT-qPCR test using a CE-IVD testing kit to determine the outcome of the sample. Once you've taken your sample, the sample must be tested within 7 days, samples returned for test after 7 days will be discarded without test.

Test kits need to be registered/activated individually through our this website prior to use. This means that you can purchase multiple kits in one transaction and allocate to multiple people. Results will be returned only to the verified email address provided when registering the test kit. This test must be used/taken within 30 days of purchase

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