Buy your HALO COVID-19 test

Courier delivered saliva-based PCR Tests plus Antigen Lateral Flow Tests

Our tests are approved by the UK government for:

General COVID-19 test

Pre-departure tests

Day 2 tests

Day 5 test to release

Day 8 tests

Lateral Flow Tests

Which tests do I need to do?

Travelling abroad? Use our helper below to figure out which tests you need to book.

“I’m travelling to a country NOT on the red list and have my return booked.”

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  • Check if your destination country requires you to take a PCR test to enter using the government’s search tool
  • If you are double-vaccinated (that is you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival back in England) or between 5 and 17 years old, regardless of your vaccination status, you need to book and pay for Day 2 Tests before returning to England. (Children 4 and under do not need any tests.)
  • The latest government regulations now allow the Day 2 Tests in this scenario to be Antigen Lateral Flow Tests – which can also be purchased from HALO – or PCR tests.
  • PCR Tests are safer and more reliable than Antigen Lateral Flow Tests because they are able to identify newly infected people more certainly – before they become symptomatic and before they become infectious to others. Click here for more information on the difference between PCR Tests and Antigen Lateral Flow Tests.
  • If you are not double-vaccinated (that is you have not had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival back in England) you need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. (You cannot choose Antigen Lateral Flow Tests if you are not double-vaccinated.)
  • Or you can choose to book and pay for a PCR test on Day 5 (known as “test to release”). If the result is negative (and the result of your Day 2 test was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine. You must still book and take your Day 2 and Day 8 tests.
  • Don’t forget, if you are not double-vaccinated you must also have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel back to England. The HALO service only operates in the UK, so you will need to book this separately in the country you’re travelling to. All travellers must complete a passenger locator form.

“I’m travelling to a country on the Red list and have my return booked.”

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  • Check if your destination country requires you to take a PCR test to enter using the government’s search tool
  • Book a managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day period before arrival. The booking will include your hotel, quarantine transport and COVID-19 tests on Day 2 and Day 8 of quarantine. NOTE: You cannot purchase these tests from HALO.
  • You must complete a passenger locator form
  • If you do require a PCR test to be able to enter your destination country, you can purchase a Single Pack from HALO
  • Don’t forget, you must also have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel back to England. The HALO service only operates in the UK, so you will need to book this separately in the country you’re travelling to

Please note: there are different testing requirements for children, depending on their age. See our FAQs page and check government guidelines for details. Also note the above guidelines relate to England only. The government’s travel regulations may differ in Scotland and Wales. HALO is not available in Northern Ireland or outside the UK. Our travel advice is intended as a guide only – rules change frequently and it is your responsibility to ensure the advice we have provided is still relevant at the time of travel. HALO cannot be held responsible for any changes to this advice. 

How to take the PCR test

Our RT-PCR test:

Is easy to use

Requires no invasive swabs

Can be done at home without supervision

The PCR testing process

Buy your test and download the HALO Verify App

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Your test is couriered to you next day (if test purchased prior to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

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Call before 5pm to book your next business day collection

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Take the test on the day of collection

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Hand your completed test to your courier

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Results and certification available in ‘My Tests’ in the app within 24 hours of arriving at our lab*

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*You will be notified of your result via email and a notification through the app within 24 hours of your test arriving at our lab in London after your collection. (Arrival times at our lab vary depending on your location, but is by the next business day at the latest.)