DEPARTURE TRAVEL TEST - COVID-19 PCR Swab Test & Certificate - Royal Mail or Drop Box Returns

Includes Travel Certificate

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

DEPARTURE TRAVEL TEST - COVID-19 PCR Swab Test & Certificate - Royal Mail or Drop Box Returns

£34.99 each

£32.99 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 a number of means.

Our certificates have been used by over one million travellers successfully departing from or arriving into the UK. PDF certificates are provided and feature a QR code.

The test is designed for those requiring a COVID free certificate for travel. Tests are turned around typically by the end of the day following receipt of the sample at the laboratory when returned by Royal Mail. Where possible, we advise returning via our drop box locations if results turnaound time is of the essence. Results are returned via a PDF Laboratory Certificate of Analysis.

How does the process work?

  1. Understand the requirements for your destination country/airline.
  2. Order your test in plenty of time. Place your order before 2pm for same day shipping via DPD. 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. The customer can choose to return the sample by a means appropriate to their plans. Each kit includes a prepaid Royal Mail TRACKED 24 bag which, through posting in a priority post box, Royal Mail aims to deliver back to us the next working day (see Royal Mail website for further details, their terms of service and service status). Where time is more critical, we suggest returning the sample via one of our drop box locations (no additional cost) or the customer can make their own arrangements. In any case, we provide no guarantee and are not liable for any delays or costs due to late return of kits to the laboratory. See further details about returns by visiting our returns page.
  6. Turnaround times guides:
    1. Samples returned via Royal Mail - Results will be emailed by the end of the day (23:59pm) of receipt of the sample at the laboratory.
    2. Samples returned via our Drop Boxes (operate 7 days per week inc. bank holidays) - If returned to one of our locations by 11am, will be processed by the end of the same day (23:59pm). Samples returned after 11am, will be processed by the end of the following day (23:59pm).

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%.

All samples must be sent to the laboratory within 30 days of purchase of the testing kit.

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 and all return packaging materials in accordance with P650 for UN3373 shipments of category B infectious substances.
  • Laboratory testing via CE-IVD approved test carried out by our own CQC registered laboratory.
  • Optional return postage via Royal Mail Tracked 24.
  • 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.

Product Terms & Conditions

Full product Terms and Conditions can be found here:

Full Product Terms & Conditions