Find out which countries are currently accepting 'Fit to Fly' Rapid Antigen (Lateral Flow) Tests for entry (provided all other conditions are met) from the UK in this blog.
While most international travel destinations require a negative PCR test in order to travel abroad, some countries are accepting a negative Rapid Antigen Test for entry into the country - providing all other conditions and stipulations are met. Some of the destinations below, for example, are not currently accepting travellers from the UK unless they are residents of the destination country or they have a work related or emergency reason.
Please note: while we endeavour to keep our travel advice updated at all times, the rapidly changing situation means entry requirements can change very quickly. If your destination of choice is listed below, please click to follow the link to the Gov.uk website in order to check the testing requirements have not changed, and to find out which other criteria must apply for you to be allowed entry (e.g. evidence of permanent residency, proof of exceptional permission to travel etc.).
Below is a list of countries currently allowing Rapid Test results to enter the country from the UK (provided all other conditions are met):
- The Bahamas
- Cape Verde
- Czech Republic
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States
Can I Use an NHS Rapid Antigen Test to Travel to the USA, and other destinations?
No, free NHS Rapid Tests cannot be used for international travel. You should book a Private Rapid Antigen Test in order to get a 'Fit to Fly Certificate'. Private Harley Street Clinic is a Government listed testing partner and offer walk-in appointments with no booking necessary. Results are available in 30 minutes.
Can I take a Rapid Antigen Test Away with Me?
Yes, you can purchase a travel testing kit and verify the result online. MY TRAVEL TEST is a complete at-home COVID Testing Kit and Online Verification service designed to get you tested and certified as testing negative in under an hour; whether you need an at-home Fit to Fly Test or a Test to Return to UK Kit to take abroad, or you simply like having a test in your bathroom cabinet for when you next need it.
Can I put a Rapid Antigen Test in my Hand Luggage?
We recommend putting your Rapid Antigen Test in your checked baggage - but if you're only taking hand luggage with you, we advise that you open your testing package before passing through security, remove the small liquid vial and place it in your clear plastic bag as part of your liquids allowance, to ensure you don't experience delays at security.