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Getting Tested

Latest update: 06 Dec 2021 17:10 GMT

For some destinations, and in order to be able to transit through Hong Kong, you must have a COVID-19 PCR-based nucleic acid test before you fly.

Please note: From 8 December, any passenger transiting via Hong Kong will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure of their flight to Hong Kong.

Full travel requirements

Everything you require to travel can be found on our checklist page and you can also refer to the UK government guidance for more details.

Testing Partners

Flying from London or Manchester? To help you get prepared, you can book your COVID-19 PCR-based nucleic acid test with the following centres that meet the entry requirements for Hong Kong and Sydney.

Collinson DNAFIT Life Science at Heathrow (New Site)

  • A new, dedicated facility near the airport, offering pre-departure COVID-19 PCR-based nucleic acid tests. 
  • Same day result is available. 2 hours result turnaround only available at the Heathrow test site.
  • Lab test report and certificate delivered on site or through electronic means.
  • Appointment must be made before proceeding to the airport.

Receive 20% off your test, simply enter discount code 'CATHAY20' when booking your test.

Corona Test Centre

Get tested with the UK's most trusted COVID-19 testing clinics, with more 5-star reviews than any other provider.

  • Government recognised provider (UKAS) of all COVID-19 tests (including PCR-based nucleic acid tests).  
  • Certificates valid to enter all destinations.
  • More 5-star reviews than any other COVID-19 test provider.
  • Over 99% of customers get their results on time.
  • Same day testing and results.
  • Clinic and home tests available.
  • 24/7 dedicated UK based customer support.
  • Secure, verifiable results sent by email in digital, PDF and Apple/Android wallet formats.
  • Centres in London: Hammersmith, Victoria, Fulham, Euston, Shoreditch, as well as Manchester, Newcastle and Watford with up to 1,000 appointments available per day, including Sundays.

Receive 10% off your test, simply enter discount code 'CATHAYPACIFIC' when booking your test.


Book your test with ExpressTest, one of the UK’s leading COVID-19 testing providers, rated ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot.  

  • ExpressTest is the only test provider located actually inside London Heathrow airport (all terminals) as well as offering a drive-thru facility at Terminal 4.
  • Rapid 3 to 4 hour test results available at Heathrow Terminal 5 (only), with results returned by 10pm the next day from all other locations. 
  • The convenience to take your UK Arrivals test at Terminal 3 before even leaving the airport.
  • Postal options also available for Arrivals home testing.
  • A network of over 30 other locations for in-person testing across London and throughout the UK.
  • A Trustpilot rating of ‘excellent’.

For a 3-4 hour pre-departure PCR test: Use code CATHAY21 at checkout to receive your 3-4 hour PCR test and Fit to Fly certificate from £115.

For a standard pre-departure test: Use code CATHAY21 at checkout to receive your next day PCR test and Fit to Fly certificate from £57.

For your Fully Vaccinated Arrivals test: Use code CATHAY21 at checkout to receive your Day 2 PCR test from £67.


Home Testing
Government approved, easy to use COVID-19 saliva self-sample testing system for you to conduct at home. 

  • Safe, simple, painless saliva PCR testing.
  • Door to door courier delivery/collection. Or choose to drop off yourself using the Express Courier Service for an even speedier service. 
  • Tests approved for pre-departure, day 2, day 8 and day 5 test to release.
  • Certified travel-ready results within 24 hours. Track online or via secure app.
  • Full UKAS accreditation - ISO22221

Receive 15% off your test, simply enter discount code 'CATHAYHALO' when booking your test.

Arriving back to the UK - Day 2 test:
HALO is now offering customers its new Antigen Lateral Flow Test which has been fully approved by the UK Government and available to order today.

To go alongside its market leading, swab-free PCR test, customers will now be able to access a lateral flow test from HALO for only £25.00.

HALO also offer the chance to take your Day 2 test immediately on arrival back at Heathrow, with results returned within 24 hours. You will need to pre-book and make your way to Sofitel at Terminal 5.

Book your Day 2 arrival test at London Heathrow >

Randox Health

Choose to complete your COVID-19 nucleic acid test either in-clinic or at home through a home sample collection postal service.

  • Express testing with results in as little as 3 hours, or next day results depending on your needs.
  • In addition to the postal service, there are click and collect options and multiple in-person test centre locations across the U.K.
  • Pre-departure and returning visitor test services available.
  • Upload your result and proof of identification to the Randox CertiFly app. 
  • Helpful instructional videos provided to help you navigate through the process.

Pre-departure tests:
Use code 'CATHAY' to receive your pre-departure PCR test from £43 or antigen test from £21.50. Offer applies to at home tests only.

Save £5 on any in-clinic PCR test across all locations using code 'CATHAY'.

Arriving back into the UK:
Use code 'CATHAY' to receive your Day 2 antigen test from £21.50 or Day 2 PCR test from £43. Offer applies to at home tests only.




Please note that same day test results may not be available for a PCR-based nucleic acid test. Check with your approved and recognised test provider or view our list of providers offering same-day PCR test results.

Your wellbeing on board

We understand your concerns, and have introduced enhanced measures across every stage of the journey – from check-in to the cabin – so you can take off with confidence.


Learn more about Cathay Care >

Fly (worry) free with unlimited changes

If you’re trying to plan ahead, you can now book with greater peace of mind. We’re giving you the freedom to make unlimited changes to new tickets, without the usual change fees.

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