COVID-19 Testing for Travellers

For the foreseeable future, coronavirus testing will play an active role in facilitating the return of international travel. Depending on where you travel to and through will determine the COVID-19 testing requirements.

Each country will dictate which pre-departure coronavirus testing is required to gain entry.

At Wimbledon Medical Practice we offer the following services:

Fit to Fly Certificate

Some countries require passengers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within specific timeframes of departure.

Please check with your destination to see if they are accepting Fit to Fly COVID-19 Test Certificates, and to determine how soon before departure the test has to be undertaken.

For COVID-19 Fit to Fly Travel Test Certificates the usual requirement is for a PCR swab test to check for the presence of the virus.

Please read important information below:

  • Expect a minimum of 24 – 48 hours turnaround time– We use a very good central London Laboratory to analyse your PCR swab. We are not responsible for any delays incurred from this third party – But we have not had any significant delays to date.
  • Self-taken Swabs– You will have to take the swab yourself as we cannot put our staff or other patients at risk.
  • Incorrectly taken/ unlabelled Swabs– We cannot be held responsible for swabs taken incorrectly or not labelled appropriately causing inconclusive results – so please make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Courier Service– In order to ensure you get your results within 24 – 48 we use a courier service that will collect your swab from our practice
  • Bring in your Passport as ID/ for Certificate–We will need to annotate your Passport number on the Certificate.

Test to Release

Test to Release is a government scheme to enable people arriving in England from countries on the amber list to reduce the amount of time for which they must self-isolate. Arrivals can end their quarantine period early through Test to Release if they get a negative result from a test taken on or after day 5 of their 10-day quarantine period.

It requires a PCR test on day 5 and is optional. You will still need to take the compulsory day 2 and day 8 PCR tests.

Please read important information below:

  • Expect a minimum of 24 – 48 hours turnaround time– We use a very good central London Laboratory to analyse your PCR swab. We are not responsible for any delays incurred from this third party – But we have not had any significant delays to date.
  • Self-taken Swabs– You will have to take the swab yourself as we cannot put our staff or other patients at risk.
  • Incorrectly taken/ unlabelled Swabs– We cannot be held responsible for swabs taken incorrectly or not labelled appropriately causing inconclusive results – so please make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Courier Service– In order to ensure you get your results within 24 – 48 we use a courier service that will collect your swab from our practice
  • Bring in your Passport as ID/ for Certificate–We will need to annotate your Passport number on the Certificate.

The costs for these services are £85.00 for each PCR test required.

Please contact the surgery on 0208 542 9335 for any further information.