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Book Your COVID-19 Test at Cardiff Airport

Testing available for travellers before departure

We offer Gold Standard PCR and Lateral Flow Antigen testing services

Prices from £40

How it works

  • Check which test you need to book

    Check with your airline or Government advice

  • Book and pay for your appointment online

    Book an appointment for up to 5 people

  • Visit Cardiff Airport testing centre in Arrivals

    Please bring your passport or national ID card and your booking confirmation

  • Get your results

    Your results will be emailed to you

Tests available

  • COVID-19 Rapid PCR Test
    Results available within 4 hours
    £120
    Book Appointment
  • COVID-19 Standard PCR Test
    Results available within 48 hours
    £75
    Book Appointment
  • COVID-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Test
    Results available within 1 hour
    £40
    Book Appointment

FAQs

Q: How can I contact you?

Please contact us at cardiff.airporttestingcentre@nuffieldhealth.com

Q: Who is the test suitable for?

The test is suitable for anyone who needs a test for travel. This test is not suitable for anyone who has been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19. For the latest guidance on all symptoms, please click here. Please do not book or attend an appointment if anyone in your household or bubble has symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 10 days. If you do have symptoms please follow government guidance and arrange a free NHS test.

If you are travelling, please ensure that you book the right test for your destination or your airline, and at the appropriate time before your flight’s departure.

Q: Which test do I need to book?

If the test is an airline requirement then please refer to your airline’s guidance on which test to book.

If the test is dependant on the country you are visiting and the guidance that they provide, then you must check the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office website for the latest travel information. Please ensure that you have checked the timeframes required to get a test within, to meet the government requirements.

It is your responsibility to book the required test for your airline or destination and that you have all the necessary documentation and information before you travel.

Please ensure when booking your test that you allow enough time for the results to be returned to you before you travel.

Q: What tests do you offer?

Standard PCR Test is a nasal swab test that is considered to be WHO Gold Standard for detecting even the smallest amounts of virus. This test typically returns a result within 48 hours.

Rapid PCR Test is a nasal swab test that is considered to be WHO Gold Standard for detecting even the smallest amounts of virus. This rapid PCR test is manufactured in the UK and uses technology that streamlines the testing process, making it quicker and simpler whilst still being highly accurate and sensitive. This test typically returns a result within 4 hours.

Rapid Lateral Flow Antigen Test is a test that consists of a nasal swab and uses lateral flow technology, such as that used in home pregnancy testing. The test contains absorbent paper, which will change colour in the presence of COVID-19 antigens. It does not require testing in a laboratory, which means that results are available quickly. This test typically returns a result within 1 hour.

Q: How do I book a test?

Simply click on “Book appointment” for the test that you need, fill in the details and pay for the test. IMPORTANT: When booking, your name MUST be written exactly as it appears on your passport.

Once you have booked you will then be sent a confirmation email.

Occasionally a test may need to be re-run, we therefore strongly advise that you make a booking on the earliest possible date and time based on the requirements of your destination country or airline.

Q: Where do you go for the test and what happens when you get there?

The testing centre is in the arrivals building at Cardiff Airport. On arrival at the terminal you will see signs that lead you to a dedicated testing entrance. You will be met at the entrance by a host who will check that you have all the relevant information required: passport or national ID card and booking confirmation.

You will then be checked in for your appointment at reception and asked to take a seat in the waiting area. When it is time for your test you will be shown into a private testing booth and a qualified Nuffield Health clinician will take your nasal swab. The tests are less invasive as only the lower part of the nasal cavity is swabbed.

Our team will need to clearly see your face to confirm identity for travel tests. If you have any special requirements, please advise when you attend your appointment and we will try to accommodate them.

From meeting the host at the entrance of the testing centre to having your test will take approximately 15 minutes.

If you are late for your appointment we will try and accommodate your test as best we can, however it may not be possible to do so at that time and you may need to re-book. Re-booking may have consequences for your travel plans. We will not take any responsibility for impacts to travel if you are late for your booking.

To ensure the safety of yourself and others, please arrive 5 minute before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, we may ask you to wait outside as you will not be able to enter the testing facility.

Your results will be sent via email and will normally be available within the following times:

  • Rapid lateral flow antigen test – 1 hour
  • Rapid result PCR test – within 4 hours
  • Standard PCR test – 48 hours

In a small number of instances, the test may come back with an inconclusive result, if this occurs we may need to you to book another test, in these instances the results will take longer to process. We always recommend that you book your test as early as possible, but within your destination country’s stipulated accepted ‘test result to destination arrival’ timeframe, to allow for these exceptions. We are not responsible for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss incurred as a result of an inconclusive test result.

Appointment checklist

  • Check the Foreign Commonwealth Office website or airline to understand which test you need

  • Appointment booked online

  • Please bring your passport or national ID card and your booking confirmation

  • Ensure you have no symptoms – check the government website for the latest guidelines

  • Know how long you need for the results to be returned before travel

  • Attend your appointment at the specified time

  • Wear a face mask or covering and ensure social distancing is maintained at all times