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Fit to Fly Certificates

Fit to Fly Certificates

Fit to Fly Travel Certificates

If you have booked a ticket or considered travelling in the last two months, you might have noticed that many destinations now require a fit to fly certificate. We hope this blog post helps you understand this new requirement and how to jump through all of the bureaucratic hoops to get to your destination.


What is a COVID fit to fly travel certificate?

A fit to fly certificate is a signed and stamped letter from an accredited clinic (with the Care Quality Commission), signed by a doctor registered with the General Medical Council that confirms that you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, have had a negative PCR swab test and are fit to fly.

This certificate requires an RT PCR Swab Test for COVID. This test is a swab taken of your throat and nose at our clinic that is sent to our laboratory for testing. Our laboratory is UKAS-accredited.

Not all destinations require the fit to fly travel certificate – for some, such as Dubai and the Caribbean, the laboratory report alone is sufficient.


When should I get tested for COVID?

You need to check with your airline as some destinations require the sample to be taken 96 hours before departure, others 72 hours before and some require the report itself within 48 hours before arrival. It can get confusing so it is absolutely necessary to check with your airline before booking your test.

Our turnaround time is the next day so we can help in any travel scenario.  Where you are unsure, for example when your travel lands on a weekend, just give us a call and our team will help you time your test correctly.


Do you charge extra for the certificates?

No, our fee of £135 is the total cost for our standard service with results by 8 pm the next day. If you need our premium service with a result by 8 am the next day, this will cost £245.

You don’t need to pay in advance and there are no charges for cancellation. We do however ask that you kindly try to give us 24-hours’ notice.


Is the COVID-19 PCR test conducted at the clinic?

Yes, we conduct your test at the clinic to ensure a fast turnaround time and an accurate result. The accuracy of the test is reduced when you take the swab yourself and sometimes you may have insufficient sample for testing.


Why can’t I do this test on the NHS?

Firstly, you should only use the NHS testing facility if you are symptomatic. Secondly, destinations require the actual laboratory report (with UKAS accreditation) which the NHS do not provide. You will receive a text or email confirmation of your result only.


Do you test children?

Yes, we can help with children of any age. Please call ahead if you need to book for children under 7 years old.


Is the PCR swab test painful?

The majority of patients report the swab being a little uncomfortable (as it can make you gag a bit and is irritating inside the nose) but do not report any pain. The swab takes 10 – 15 seconds and although not something you would do for fun, it isn’t a terrible experience!


What destinations require a negative PCR swab?

The list of destinations changes every day so you should check with your airline. The most common destinations so far have been Cyprus, Hungary, Austria, Dubai, India, Ethiopia, Morocco, Egypt, Bermuda, Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, Iraq, Iran, Qatar and many others. Please note that you must make your own checks before flying as the clinic cannot take responsibility for checking requirements.


What are you doing to keep everyone safe?

Our clinic has worked throughout lockdown and therefore has been actively working on safety and improvements every day:

  • When you arrive, you will be greeted by our steward who will either direct you into the waiting area (restricted to two people at a time) or you will be asked to wait along the clinic fence outside until the time of your appointment.
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands before entering the clinic and will be asked to wear a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  • Our clinical rooms are fully sanitised between every patients, including seats and all surfaces.
  • Our reception area is fully sanitised by our full-time cleaning staff at least every 30 minutes.
  • Our team are regularly tested for COVID-19 and our reception team sit behind a glass barrier.


Leave a Comment

  • jay ginn says:

    i need a pcr to travel on a ferry. is a fit to fly pcr test accepted for ferry and subsequent travel by car?

  • Lori says:

    Fit to fly means a test that’s required for entry to a destination? Not by the airline just to fly? For example I’m flying to Alicante shortly but Spain don’t require clear test now so assume I don’t need to get a test? Is this correct?

  • Sylvester Browne says:

    do you have a centre near Margate CT9 2AJ

  • David Fraser says:

    I am going to join a ship on Wednesday in Singapore.
    I was wondering if it is possible to arrange an appointment
    To get a fit to fly letter which is needed for joining a ship in Singapore

  • Vasileios says:

    Hi. Do you require a passport number to issue a fit to fly certificate. I am using my EU national ID card to travel. Can the ID card number be used instead of the passport number on the certificate?

  • Bernard Ashton says:

    Hi, we are due to travel to Malta in August. on the gov website it says we need a PCR test 72 hrs before we travel. We are travelling via easyjet. Do we also need a fit to fly PCR? The fit to fly comes with a cerificate. But will we need both or does the fit to fly cover all bases?
    Many Thanks

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Yes, the fit to fly certificate and PCR test can be arranged for you within 72 hours of travel. Please call us on 020 7323 1023 to arrange.

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Hi Bernard – the fit to fly covers all bases. You’ll have a PCR test and provided with two documents – the laboratory (PCR) result and an additional fit to fly certificate. Hope this helps.

  • sophie says:

    My daughter is flying to Majorca . I know she needs a negative covid test but does she need a fit to fly certificate as well ?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Hi Sophie, she’ll need to show the laboratory report and ideally a fit to fly certificate too, just in case. You never know who you meet at the border!

  • Shahzadi Ali says:

    Price for one adult two children age 5yr and 2yr

  • Kathleen Baker says:

    I have severe anxiety, and severe phobia of gagging and vomiting. The idea of someone doing the test for me is terrifying. I’ve done many to myself for school and other reasons, is there any way I can do my own?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Hi Kathleen. We would need to ensure that you are using the right technique and our nurse will guide you appropriately, but yes, we can do that. If you’d like to book with us, please book online and put a note in your booking that “Alya has approved self-swabbing under guidance” so that the clinician and team are aware. I hope this helps.

      • Nicole abrahams says:

        If I am positive at the moment and have a flight in two weeks will the fit to fly be negative or will it still show positive for longer than I am actually with the virus? Someone told me fit to fly can show positive for weeks after. What’s the difference between fit to fly and ordinary pcr?

        • Alya Shakir says:

          Hi Nicole, there is a risk that you will still test positive in two weeks’ time but hopefully that won’t be the case. The test for fit to fly and PCR is the same but a fit to fly includes an additional certificate.

  • Kenneth Crerar says:

    I recently had a very mild case of COVID , I have read the PCR is so sensitive it will detect even dead virus cells parts, I may be required to fly for work soon, what is the estimated , ball park, time for the virus to be clear from my system and to produce a negative result?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Hi Kenneth. You’re right – PCR is very sensitive, and can test positive up to 90 days post-infection. It varies enormously however, and we have retested people after their government-mandated isolation period and they have tested negative. Unfortunately, we can only know by testing.

  • Steven says:

    Travelling to Ireland I’m fully vaccinated. The website say if I have both jabs I just need to show them proof of vaccinated. Do I still need to take a test to get into the plane

    • Alya Shakir says:

      You will need to show proof of vaccination via the NHS App, we believe. Best check with your airline to be sure.

  • Piotr says:

    I just passed 15days of covid positive test .flying next two weeks ,do I still need to do test ,as result possible will be still positive?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Hi Piotr. Yes, you will need to test again within the timing requirements of your destination. There is some risk you will test positive again due to vaccine shedding, yes.

  • Patryk says:

    Is an antibody test fit for travel from Poland to UK?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Our understanding is that you require a PCR or antigen test for entry to the UK. Please check with your airline.

  • Michaela McCann says:

    Hi I need a covid recovery certificate as my child tested positive under 90 days ago so could still show posotive with a pcr test. Could you do this?

  • Zoe Durkin says:

    What cycle do you run your pcr at? I tested positive 19th July had 1 vaccine and I am due to travel to Spain 21st August. I have full recovered from covid and would not like to receive a false positive. Thanks

    • Alya Shakir says:

      We run our PCR at 45 cycles. In the unlikely event you receive an indeterminate result with us, either due to a past infection or early new infection, we will conduct a second test at no charge for clarification.

  • Neil Henke says:

    We are currently in isolation following a positive PCR test for one of our children. We have a holiday booked and need to take a pre flight pcr 2 days after isolation is due to end. If we fail the pre flight PCR test do we have to start another 10 days isolation?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      This is a difficult area. The law on this is not clear, especially if clinically, it would seem that the positive result is a result of shedding virus. Please consult the government website. Our guidance is to provide a supplementary letter and explain the situation but unfortunately, this can have complications.

  • Imran Ayoob says:

    I arrived from dubai to london yesterday 11 Aug, 2021
    I already paid and pre-arranged a DAY 2 test kit using your service (which I have received)
    I am filling out the form for DAY 2 and I am self-isolating
    I am flying back to Dubai on Aug 14 and filled in your form accordingly for Day 2 test, but your website will not let me
    it says: “You have selected a country for which it is not possible to shorten the isolation period for as per Government guidelines. If you have already arrived in the UK, you must self-isolate (along with members of your household) for 10 days. If you have not used your test kit, you can keep it for future use.”
    My question is: which test do I complete. I assume it would be Day 2 which i can then use to check in for my flight on Aug 14th ?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Dear Imran, you have not used our service – we do not conduct day 2 or day 8 testing. Please check the correct details of your provider.

    • Alejandro says:

      Hi Imran,

      Were you able to fly using the Day 2 test? I’m in exactly the same situation.


      • Selin says:

        Hi Imran and Alejandro,

        I am also in the same situation! Were you both able to fly using a Day 2 Test? After all, it is a PCR test. I will be flying to Croatia soon and they require a negative PCR

        Thank you!

        • Alya Shakir says:

          That depends on Croatia’s requirements and regulations. Please check with your airline or the government website.

  • Hayley Pollard says:

    Hi, I travel to Barbados and need a fit to fly certificate however I’ve read that pcr tests can be positive if you have had Covid within the last 90 days. Is this correct?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Yes but this is unusual. It is much more likely that you will test negative. There is a small risk of testing positive post infection due to virus shedding, especially if you had a high viral load.

  • Christina Carribine says:

    I want a fit to fly to go to jersey. Is your test ukas accredited

  • David Finch says:

    I have recently come out of quarantine after testing positive for covid. I aim to travel early November but will need a fit to fly test. Will my previous infection result in another positive result?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      There is a small risk that from now until early November you will test positive (unless you contract a new infection) but it is unlikely.

  • Danny cassels says:

    Hi need a fit to fly to Singapore . If I am positive when is the soonest possible I can get another pcr to prove I’m negative

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Everybody sheds the virus at different rates but most people test negative within 7-10 days of a positive test. There is a small risk you will test positive but this is less likely than testing negative.

  • Richard glassbarg says:

    Hello, is there any way I can do my own swab test as I feel sick when someone else do it for me ? Many thanks .

  • Abbie says:

    Im travelling abroad but had COVID positive test 75 days ago and therefore can not take a PCR as it has to be past 90 days – do you know what I need to do to show I can go? Thanks!

    • Alya Shakir says:

      There is a small risk that you will test positive up to 90 days, but this is unusual. We recommend having a PCR test if you want to travel. If you are particularly concerned about this, delay your travel.

  • Lil couchman says:

    Do you need a fit to fly test if you have had covid in the last 180day?

    • Alya Shakir says:

      Every destination has its specific requirements. Check with your airline or the government website when you need to test.

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