When should I take my test?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer you specific advice about when to take your test.

We are not trying to be unhelpful but the rules are complex and depend on a number of factors including your vaccination status, purpose of travel, age and recent travel history.  The rules are constantly changing and we don't want to give you incorrect advice therefore it is always the safest option for you to look at the latest government advice for the country you're travelling to.


We recommend that you take your samples at the start of your pre-travel test window (not before!) to allow plenty of time for your result to be available.


We have developed a series of calculators on our website to help you understand when to take your test depending on the test you're taking and your destinations entry requirements:

Please note that these are for guidance only and you need to check if your destination country sets the travel window for arrival or departure time

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