Confirmation of negative COVID-19 test result for international travel
Updated 18 November 2021
You can now book a Fit to Fly PCR test for international travel through the College. Please ensure you select the correct option when booking your appointment - the same booking system is used for routine asymptomatic PCR tests.
You should check the COVID PCR test requirements with your airline before travelling. It is your responsibility to check with your airline and destination country whether the confirmation will be valid for your travel requirements. We are not able to advise as to whether specific countries or airlines will accept our confirmations for travel.
When booking this test, you will be able to download a certificate containing your name, passport details and test result showing that the test was processed by a government approved accredited laboratory.
Please book the test at least 36 hours before you require the certificate.
Please note College testing will be closed from Wednesday 22 December 2021 until 4 January 2022. If you require tests during this period, you will need to book a private test.
When you will receive your results
We aim to have test results ready within 36 working hours of when the test was taken, and the lab team works hard to make this happen. However, very occasionally the lab has to re-run samples, which can cause delays. If a delay in receiving your results would cause stress and/or affect travel arrangements, then we recommend you book a private test.
The lab currently operates from Monday to Friday only. If you have not received your result by midnight on Friday, and you were relying on receiving it before the weekend, you will need to book a private test in order to receive your results in time.
If you haven’t received your result within 24 hours, please contact the testing team to let them know, and book a second test with Imperial as a precautionary measure. You may also wish to book a test with a private provider, depending on your timescales.