Selected Covid-19 Testing Providers

As not all testing providers offer all types of tests, and to save you having to dig through the full list, AITO (The Association of Independent Tour Operators) has arranged discounts with a few recommended providers:

Please remember that it is your responsibility to arrange all the appropriate tests for your trip. 

Quick Testing Guide For travel to Greece Test to Embark Test To Return Day 2 Return Test** Day 8 Return Test Quarantine on Return Total Cost
Over 18, fully vaccinated None Free NHS Rapid Test None Rapid test, from £22.50 pp** None No From £22.50 pp
Over 18, not fully vaccinated Rapid test from £26 pp or
PCR Test from £43 pp
Free NHS Rapid Test Rapid test, from £26 pp* PCR, from £43 pp PCR, from £43 pp Yes, can test to release on day 5. From £138 pp
12-17 year olds, not vaccinated Rapid test from £26 pp or
PCR Test from £43 pp
Free NHS Rapid Test None Rapid test, from £22.50 pp** None No From £48.50 pp
11 year olds, not vaccinated None None
None Rapid test, from £22.50 pp** None No From £22.50 pp
5-10 year olds, not vaccinated None None None Rapid test, from £22.50 pp** None No From £22.50 pp
Under 5's
None None None None None No £0
Discount Codes:  AITO10 / AITO43   AITO10 AITO10 AITO43    

 **The UK government published a list of authorised providers of Day 2 Lateral Flow tests on 22nd October 2021. Please note that free NHS lateral flow tests cannot be used for this stage of the testing process.

 See below for further details on each type of test. 

Pre-Departure Testing

If required to take a test before travelling on your holiday:
(Not required for fully-vaccinated individuals or children aged 11 and under)

- https://www.randoxhealth.com/predeparture   PCR Test - Must be taken within 72 hours of your arrival in Greece. (Use discount code AITO43 for a £5 discount on each test - making it £43 each).

- https://www.c19testing.co.uk/rapidtravel    Antigen Test - Must be taken within 48 hours of your arrival in Greece. (Use discount code AITO10 for a 10% discount on each test, making it £26.10 each).

 

Testing Prior to Embarkation

All travellers should take some free NHS tests to Greece for use before going aboard. (We recommended bringing some spares, just in case.) 

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

 

Test to Return
These tests should be ordered for delivery before you travel. You will need to take the test out to Greece with you, and then test yourself 2-3 days before returning from your holiday. After taking the test you will need to take a photo of the test strip showing the result, alongside the photograph page of your passport. You will then need to follow the instructions included with the test kit to send this to the testing company. You will then be emailed a certificate within 24 hours, confirming that you are safe to fly home.  
(Children aged 10 and under don't need to take a test)

- https://www.c19testing.co.uk/rapidtravel (Use discount code AITO10 for a 10% discount on each test, making it £26.10 each).

Fully-vaccinated travellers returning to the UK after 4th October don't need to purchase or take these tests. Under 18's returning to the UK after 4am on Monday 4th October 2021 no longer need to take a test in Greece before returning to the UK if they are resident in the UK, Europe, USA, or other territories with approved vaccination programmes

 

Non Red List Testing (Day 2 & Day 8 Testing)

NB: The UK government announced on Oct 15th that fully-vaccinated travellers returning to the UK after 24 October 2021 will need to take a lateral flow / antigen test for their Day 2 Return Test, rather than a PCR test. On 22nd October 2021 they oublished a list of authorised providers. Please note that free NHS lateral flow tests cannot be used for this stage of the testing process.

Fully Vaccinated & Children aged 5-17 can now take a Lateral Flow Test (Children aged 4 and under don't need to take a test):

https://www.c19testing.co.uk/day2lateralflow 

If you have already bought a PCR test to use for your Day 2 tests, you can still use this and don't now have to buy a Lateral Flow (Rapid) test. 

 

Non-Vaccinated Adults will still need to take a PCR test on Day 2 & Day 8, and will still need to quarantine for 10 days, unless using the Test to Release scheme. 

- https://www.randoxhealth.com/covid-19-day-2-and-8-testing  (Use discount code AITO43 for a £5 discount on each test).

 

 

Test to Release

If you have to quarantine on your return, you can book a test to be taken on Day 5 after your return for early release from quarantine.

- https://www.randoxhealth.com/covid-19-test-to-release  (Use discount code AITO43 for a £5 discount on each test).

 

 The full list of government approved testing providers can be found here: https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/test-type

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