Coronavirus Testing Information

COVID-19 Travel Testing

In response to the UK Government’s announcement on Saturday 27 November that all UK arrivals require a RT PCR test, we have updated our testing options for arrivals from Tuesday 30 November.

For further information on testing before you travel abroad, please see our Departures information.

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. Please see our Arrivals information to find out more.

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Departures Testing

COVID-19 Departures Testing Information

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Arrivals Testing

COVID-19 Arrivals Testing Information

Travellers must not use NHS testing facilities for travel related purposes.

Please do not use the airport travel testing facility if you suspect you may have COVID-19. If this is the case, you must use NHS testing facilities.

Do not confuse the airport travel testing facility with the NHS drive through testing facility also located on airport grounds.

Types of COVID-19 Test

Collinson and Randox are offering a number of COVID-19 testing options at London Stansted Airport. Please see below for more information.

Note: As test requirements vary from country to country, make sure to check which test is needed for the destination you are travelling to.

Don’t eat or drink for half an hour before your test as it may affect the result.

Departures Testing

  • RT PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction)

    The RT PCR test is one of the most common forms of COVID-19 testing. A sample is taken by swab and results usually take between 3 - 48 hours depending which provider and option you choose.

  • Rapid Antigen

    This test is an option for entry into certain countries. A sample is taken by either swab or saliva and the results take less than 1 hour.

  • Antibody

    The Antibody test is currently required for entry into certain countries. It is used to tell if a traveller has come into contact with COVID-19 previously. A blood sample is taken and it takes under 60 minutes to get results.

Arrivals Testing

  • Fully Vaccinated Day 2

    A RT PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken on or before day 2. The RT PCR test is one of the most common forms of COVID-19 testing, during which a sample is taken by swab and results take up to 48 hours. You must quarantine until a negative result is received.

  • Unvaccinated Day 2 and 8

    The Unvaccinated day 2 and 8 package comprises two RT PCR (Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, one on or before day 2 and one on or after day 8. The RT PCR test is one of the most common forms of COVID-19 testing, during which a sample is taken by swab and results take up to 48 hours. You must quarantine for 10 days, even if your results are negative, unless you also take a day 5 Test to Release test.

  • Test to Release

    The Government’s Test to Release scheme is available to opt in, whereby an additional day 5 test is purchased. The day 5 test allows early release from quarantine upon a negative result.

For departures testing before you travel abroad, please check the UK Government’s travelling abroad guidance for entry restrictions, testing, or quarantine requirements for the country you are travelling to.

The testing package you must book for your arrival into England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. Please consult the UK Government’s advice for entering England to determine the current classification of the country from which you are arriving.

How it works

  1. Check the testing requirements for the destination you are travelling to, or the testing package required on your return to England. Consider when you are required to take your test, as well as the results turnaround time.

  2. Book your test appointment with one of our travel test providers; Collinson or Randox.

  3. Don’t eat or drink for half an hour before your test as it may affect the result.

  4. Arrive at your appointed time at your chosen testing facility, with any required identification and proof of booking for your test. Please remember to wear a mask unless exempt due to health reasons.

  5. Your test sample will be collected by a clinical professional to be analysed.

  6. You will then receive your test results within the turnaround time guaranteed by your chosen provider.

Testing Centre Location

  1. Walk Through Testing Centre - Located in the terminal building next to WHSmith in Arrivals.

  2. Short Stay Yellow Testing Centre - A walk through testing centre, located at the Short Stay Yellow car park.

  3. JetParks Zones T&P/JetParks Zones R&X Testing Centres - Two drive through testing centres, located at the JetParks car parks.


All of our testing centres are open 7 days a week between 07:00-19:00. Collinson testing centres are closed on Christmas Day.

If you are arriving by car and using an airport car park, parking fees will apply.

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