Private COVID PCR Tests for Travel

The Walcote Practice processes COVID PCR tests for travel as well as general COVID-19 testing through our UKAS registered laboratory. All of our screening employs the gold standard RT PCR COVID-19 method – we do not provide lateral flow antigen screening. For convenience and transparency, our flat fee for all purposes is £125 per individual, including certification.

The rules for travel between countries and territories will depend on your vaccination status and local rules. Please check the guidance below:

Why use The Walcote Practice for COVID PCR Testing?

We are a small independent practice serving the needs of patients in Winchester, Hampshire and beyond. We elected to become part of the General COVID testing and UK arrivals screening provision in order to ensure that a comprehensive suite of services are available to existing and prospective clients during the pandemic period. Each test request is approved, tracked and results returned by one of our GPs, who are directly accountable for quality and outcomes. We pride ourselves on our efficiency and responsiveness. We provide same day reporting and certification on a weekday morning COVID-19 PCR test sample.

How does the COVID PCR screening process work?

For all pre-departure travel and general screening COVID-19 PCR test enquiries, please call reception on 01962 828715 within office hours or email with your details and circumstances including date required, and informing us of your destination’s screening requirements, if relevant. Please note that it is your responsibility to inform us of the specific requirements for the Fit to Fly Certificate of your destination country, as these frequently change. We provide same day reporting and certification on a weekday morning COVID-19 PCR test sample.

What if I have recently had COVID and am still testing positive on PCR after completing the isolation period?

We are also able to provide Statements of Recovery from COVID-19 in the context of infection within the last 90 days, once you have recovered and completed isolation and where this is allowable by your specific destination. The fee is £85 – please email with your details, PCR result and isolation dates.

What about COVID PCR testing on entering/ returning to the UK?

You no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after you arrive in the UK.

When will I receive my result?

As soon as we receive your result from our laboratory, we will forward the result/ certificate to you by email. Samples taken prior to midday on a weekday will return a result that same evening. Reception and the laboratory are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays and we can only accept samples on a Saturday morning by prior arrangement of a dedicated courier – please take this into account when planning your travel. If the result is positive you will be provided with support and advice without further charge.

To find out how we process your data, please read our Fair Processing Notice.