PCR swab or Rapid Antigen swab for travel

If you require a swab for travel purposes, please read the information below and then fill in the form further down the page. We will then work out the best date and time for you to come to our clinic, depending on the details of your flight or travel arrangements, and contact you.

Note that we only carry out tests Monday to Friday, although we will send on your test results to you if we receive them on a Saturday. Due to the high demand for tests, it may take our team up to 24 hours to reply after you submit your enquiry form (48 hours at the weekend), but we will reply to all enquiries.

Please read the information about the two types of test, and then fill in the form below.

Rapid Antigen swab test: £99

Some countries and airlines are now accepting the Rapid Antigen swab test for travel. (Please check with the airline and the destination country before requesting this type of test.)

The swab is carried out by a doctor or nurse in our clinic and the testing process is carried out on site. We can then email you the result certificate the same day. Our rapid tests are made by the company SDbiosensor. They are WHO recommended and have a specificity of 99.7% and sensitivity of 96.5%.

PCR Travel swab test: £199 (or £280 for faster Friday tests)

We use the laboratory called Cellmark to process our swab tests from Mondays through to Fridays. The swab test is manufactured by VIASURE and these tests have been approved for use by the Department of Health. The test is CE IVD marked and certified to ISO 13485.

Once your swab is carried out by a doctor or nurse in our clinic, the swab is then picked up by a courier at 6pm. Your results document will then be emailed to our clinic within 24-48 hours and we will email the results document to you as soon as possible.

Your results document will show the laboratory’s logo name and contact details, our clinic name and address, your name, date of birth and unique lab reference number, the date and time the swab is taken, the date the laboratory finished processing the results, and a “Negative” or “Positive” result.

Timings for the PCR test:

If you only have a 48 hour window in which your results are valid, or an early morning flight on a Wednesday, request fast track results. You will have an appointment between 9am and 10am (Monday to Thursday) and receive guaranteed results emailed to you the next day. This costs an additional £110 for the cost of the courier (but if several people in your party have the same test at the same time we can split the cost between you).

For a 72 hour window or more:

If you have a Sunday or Monday flight, then you can attend our clinic on a Friday for a swab test and the results will be sent to you early evening on the Saturday or Sunday morning. As this is an out of hours service from the laboratory, the cost of the swab is higher at £280.

For flights at other times, you’ll need a Monday to Wednesday appointment and will receive your result by email 24-48 hours after the test, but we cannot guarantee a specific time.

Unfortunately, if you have a Tuesday flight our timings may not work for you.

If you need to upload your results document to an organisation within 24 hours of a flight, or need to apply for a flight pass no less than 12 hours before a flight, inform us of this when you are at the clinic and we will prioritise your results.

Invalid PCR results:

On rare occasions, a person’s swab will come back with an invalid result. Our nurses and doctors have carried out thousands of swabs and have an invalid rate of 0.2%. Please do not eat anything or chew gum immediately before having your swab taken.

Before booking a PCR appointment, please ensure that you are happy with the following statements:

– I am aware of the timescales as outlined above.

– I am aware that although the laboratory is a reputable and long standing organisation, Dorset Private GP has no control over their timescales and turnaround times may vary at quite short notice.

– I am aware that there is a small possibility that I could get an INVALID result.

– I am aware that any of the above statements could result in a delay in receiving my results and could disrupt my travel plans. I accept that Dorset Private GP will not be responsible or liable for any loss of money due to a change or cancellation of travel arrangements.


Apply for the PCR swab or Rapid Antigen swab
Some airlines require a test done no more than 48 hours before the flight, others 72 hours, etc
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If you have trouble with the form, you can request a test by emailing admin@dorsetprivategp.co.uk with full details. Please email if you have any questions. Please DO NOT phone the clinic.

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