Many destinations now require passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, and we want to ensure that the North West's Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport makes getting a test as seamless as possible. Passengers returning can also reduce their quarantine time using our Test To Release service, which you can find out more about here.
The type of test required for the fit to fly certificate can vary depending on the destination, with many countries requiring you to have taken a test 48-72 hours before arrival.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is partnering with local, Knowsley-based company TAG to provide convenient and efficient COVID-19 tests for passengers who require them.
TAG work with clinical operator Salutaris, who will operate the testing site on our premises, using Randox testing kits. Randox provide the lab processing and hold all relevant CE certifications and are ISO/IEC 17025 and 1ISO:15189 accredited.
Please note: Do not use the airport travel testing facility if you suspect you have COVID-19. If this is the case, you must use NHS testing facilities.
Do not confuse the TAG airport travel testing facility with the NHS drive-through testing facility, which is also located on airport grounds.
Travellers must not use NHS facilities for travel-related purposes.
1. How does the process work?
- Book your test online with TAG, at a time to suit you
- Arrive for your test with confirmation of booking and your passport
- Your test is carried out by a qualified clinician
- Receive your results and, (depending on your result) your 'Fit to Fly' certificate via email within 48 hours of taking your test
Ensure you take extra care when selecting the time and date of your test. Ensure you check with your airline and final destination whether your window for having a negative COVID-19 result is before your departure date and time or your arrival date and time. More information can be found under the Travel Advice section of the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office website.
2. How do I book my test?
If you require a PCR test, you can make a booking by clicking here. You will need to select the date and time of your test to ensure it meets your travel requirements before you pay.
If you are travelling with other people and require multiple tests, then appointments will need to be booked separately.
3. Which tests are available?
Currently, we are providing PCR tests with full Fit to Fly certification and all relevant documentation for arrival in the majority of European countries. Please check Government guidance to ensure you're booking the right test for your travel requirements.
We also have rapid testing available, which means that a fit to fly or test to release certificate that would take up to 48 hours with our standard process, will take as little as 1 hour and no longer than 3 hours to deliver a certificate back to a customer, though this service costs more.
4. When can I get a test?
Liverpool Airport COVID-19 testing will be starting on the morning of Friday 18 December 2020, and you will choose a slot to suit you when you make your booking. Slots will run Monday to Friday from 08:00 until 18:00, and Saturday/Sunday from 09:00 until 17:00. On Christmas Day, the site will be closed.
5. Where will my test take place?
The testing facility will be on-site in our long-stay car park. Please follow the yellow signs for 'COVID test site' and choose the lane signposted 'TAG.'
6. Will I have to pay for parking?
There are no parking fees for visitors to the TAG testing facility at the airport.
7. When should I book?
Testing capacity is limited and we recommend booking as early as possible to ensure you get a slot that meets your travel requirements. Remember to factor in the correct time of your flight.
8. Who will be doing the tests?
The clinical operators, Salutaris, have a fully-qualified team and are already delivering a similar service to the BBC, Premiership Rugby and Sony.
9. How much do the tests cost?
A PCR test costs £110.00, with onsite swabbing and results returned within 48 hours. This includes the test being carried out by a qualified clinician, and securely delivered to, and analysed in an approved laboratory.
A rapid PCR test costs £175.00, with onsite swabbing and results returned within 1-3 hours.
10. Do children require testing?
This can vary by destination. Please consult government advice for the destination you are travelling to.
11. Can I not use a test provided by the NHS or mass testing scheme?
No. To enter countries with testing requirements, you’ll need a PCR test and a Fit to Fly certificate, which is not obtainable via the NHS or mass testing schemes.
12. How will I receive my certificate?
Depending on your test result, you will receive a Fit to Fly or a Not Fit to Fly certificate via email within 48 hours of your test, with the required information for travel.
13.What if my test is positive?
If you receive a positive test result, you must self-isolate in accordance with Government guidance. You will not be permitted to travel, and we recommend getting in touch with your airline or tour operator to discuss your options.