COVID-19 Testing

The testing rules for travel and where to book

When you need to take a test and where to get one.

Testing requirements vary depending on the country you are travelling to. We have all the info you need to know about where to get a test at Gatwick.
Please note that tests need to be pre-booked and fees apply.


Make sure that you meet your destinations entry requirements before you travel.

When do I need to take a test?
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Travelling abroad from Gatwick

Make sure that you meet your destinations entry requirements before you travel.
Some countries may want proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. The types of test and how long before travel you need to take it varies by country.

Check what test you need

Always follow the latest travel advice on the UK Government website. It may have changed since your last visit.

Plan plenty of time before you travel to receive your results. You may need to present them in a particular format. Make sure your destination will accept both the type of test and the test provider’s certificate. (This could be paper or digital)

Check with your airline for the latest flight information before you travel. Many airlines also offer COVID-19 testing packages.

You must not use NHS testing centres for travel related purposes. You should not use private testing centres if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

Grab a departure test with ExpressTest at their Gatwick based drive through and walk in centres

Need a rapid Antigen test? ExpressTest offers tests from £40pp at their North Terminal walk-in centre. Tests must be pre-booked and receive results by email within 40 minutes.

Book an Antigen test with ExpressTest

Need a PCR test? ExpressTest offers PCR Fit to Fly tests from £70pp at their North Terminal walk-in centre. Tests must be pre-booked and receive results by email by 10pm the day after your test.

Book a PCR test with ExpressTest

Need a COVID Recovery Certificates? ExpressTest offers this official certificate as proof of COVID recovery from £59pp. This certificate can be issued to anyone with a positive test result received within the last 180 days.

Book a recovery certificate with ExpressTest

Arriving in the UK

You do not need to take a test before or after you arrive in the UK - regardless of your vaccination status.

You no longer need to complete a passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK.

Where can I get tested?
By clicking a booking link on this page you are leaving the Gatwick Airport website. Any bookings are made with a third party.

Testing facilities at Gatwick

There are several COVID-19 testing providers based at Gatwick including:


This walk in centre located in the North Terminal arrivals area (Level 0), offers Fit to Fly PCR and lateral flow tests.

Book a test with ExpressTest


Get a private PCR swab test at the Boots store located in the South Terminal arrivals area. You must book in advance.

Book a test with Boots

Book a testing package from one of our onsite providers

Other testing facilities may exist in your local area and may include:

ExpressTest - London Victoria

These drive through and walk-in facilities are found across the UK, including a walk-in centre at London Victoria Train station.

Find your nearest ExpressTest


Offers a selection of COVID-19 testing including instant and laboratory tests.

Find out more about Sussex Travel Clinic

Fast Test Centre

A private testing site including a location in Horley. It offers antigen, PCR and antibody testing.

Find out more about Fast Test Centre

iGen Testing

Offers a selection of fit to fly and arrivals tests.

Find our more about iGen Testing


Offers a rapid antibody testing service

Find out more about Bupa

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