The RT PCR Swab Test is the gold standard of COVID tests. At present, very few countries accept anything other than the RT PCR Swab Test. For this reason, we only offer the RT PCR test.
Administering your test within 72 hours of your flight is typically the accepted time to do so. Please check with your airline and destination country before you administer your test, they will have a set timing requirement. Please be aware of postage timing. We include free 24 hour Royal Mail tracked postage for you to send your sample to the laboratory. The timing of the sample will be displayed on the certificate.

Flight to India – Departure Friday, 3pm.

72 hours before departure is Tuesday, 3pm.

Complete test at home Tuesday after 3pm.

Use free return post to return sample via Royal Mail Priority Postbox before the last collection time.

Receive certificate Wednesday PM / Thursday AM.

Please see our full testing timeline for more information.

You must take the test on your 5th full day of isolation. If you arrive back into the UK on a Monday, your 5th full day would be Saturday.

All our tests are sent to you via post. These tests can be taken in the comfort of your own home, please see the video below on how to complete the sample at home. Once the sample has been completed, use the free return post box provided to return the sample to us via a Royal Mail Priority Postbox before the last collection time.

All purchases are non-refundable. Due to the nature of our products, once they have been shipped to you we are no longer able to reuse them. Items sent back to us will not be accepted.

The RT PCR Swab Test is the gold standard of COVID tests. At present, very few countries accept anything other than the RT PCR Swab Test. For this reason, we only offer the RT PCR test.

We would recommend following Public Health England advice on how to complete the test, you can find a video demonstration here. The test kit you receive will be similar to the one in the video.

The return service we use is the Royal Mail ‘Tracked 24’ – in the vast majority of cases, tests sent via a priority postbox, before the last collection time, will arrive at the laboratory the next day (excluding Sundays and bank holidays). In a small number of cases deliveries by Royal Mail can be delayed, this would delay your result. You may leave your house to post your test.

Please contact us at travel@1affordabletest.com if you have a particular urgent need. We have laboratories in London and Oxford- if you’re able to drop your sample off at the laboratory that can lead to a much faster result. If you would like to arrange your own courier that is welcomed.

Results and certificate will be sent to the email address used to complete the purchase.
If travelling, when your certificate arrives via email, you should print a paper copy and keep it with you for the duration of your journey.
Each test is CE marked and authorised for use in UKAS accredited laboratories. PCR tests are seen as the most accurate widely available at present.
Please contact us if you require a last minute test. Dependant on your location, we may be able to help.
All test information is provided to PHE and will contribute to national statistics.