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Getting Tested

Latest update: 30 May 2022 13:00 GMT

To travel to Hong Kong, you must have a COVID-19 PCR-based nucleic acid test before you fly.

If you are ending your journey in Hong Kong:
If you are travelling from or via the United Kingdom and your journey ends in Hong Kong, you must have a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of your scheduled flight departure time and follow the UK rules. Read more >   

If you are transiting through Hong Kong
 a PCR test is no longer required. 

Full travel requirements

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

Testing Partners

We have partnered with various providers and pre-approved their testing and documentation processes for smooth departure from London Heathrow and Manchester airports. You can also find exclusive discounts for Cathay Pacific customers.


The Regenerative Clinic

The Regenerative Clinic is a private Covid-19 testing provider listed on GOV.UK and is a founding member of The Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation (LTIO), ensuring that the UK testing industry has the world’s highest ethical and professional standards.

  • Express testing available, results within as little as 4 hours, same day or 24/36 results depending on your requirements
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR-based nucleic acid tests
  • Trustworthy and patient recommended, 4.5 Excellent Trustpilot rating.
  • Government approved
  • Easily accepted accreditation 
  • Global Fit to Fly certificate issued
  • 24/7 customer service support
  • A network of 12 easily accessible clinics nationwide 
  • 2000 appointments available daily, 7 days a week 
  • Secure, verifiable results digitally sent, including QR code
  • Provider of Covid-19 Proof of Recovery letter

Use CATHAY20 at checkout for 20% off all testing.




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.




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.
  • Full UKAS accreditation ISO 15189.

Pre-departure tests:
Use code CATHAY to receive your pre-departure PCR test from £43 or antigen test from £17.50. 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 £17.50 or Day 2 PCR test from £43. Offer applies to at home tests only.





  • Government approved, easy to use COVID-19 PCR testing at Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5. 
  • Safe, simple, painless saliva PCR and lateral flow testing.
  • PCR tests approved for pre-departure to Hong Kong.
  • Rapid tests providing results within 4 hours available at Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5.
  • Certified travel-ready results within 24 hours. Track online or via secure app.
  • Full UKAS accreditation - ISO22221.





Discount automatically applied to certain products.





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 4 hour test results available at Heathrow Terminal 5 and various other locations. Next day results (returned by 10pm the next day) from all 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 4 hour pre-departure PCR test: Use code CATHAY21 at checkout to receive your 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: Antigen lateral flow tests start from £20.



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.

Discover more >