COVID-19 Testing London

Covid-19 Coronavirus Testing with DocTap

DocTap has carried out over 80,000 Covid-19 tests from our 30+ London locations, many open 7 days per week. We specialise in PCR, antigen and antibody tests, with results available in under 3 hours. All tests include a doctor's results certificate detailing your results and suitability to travel or work. We also provide same day Test to Release certificates for travellers wishing to reduce their quarantine upon returning to England.

Given the importance and urgency of Covid testing, we do not provide postal tests. All our tests are taken in a medical facility, either by a healthcare professional or as a guided self swab.

Choose from 3 hour, same day or next day results. Your results will be simultaneously emailed to you and uploaded to your DocTap account. In the exceptionally unlikely event of your results not being available within the guaranteed timeframe then we would refund the cost of your test in full.

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Covid-19 Tests

Test Price Results
PCR 3 hours (Heathrow & London Bridge) from £199 3 hours

Our fastest Covid-19 PCR test, available at London Bridge and Heathrow airport.  There's no need to arrange a test days in advance of your flight.  Simply take your test at the airport entrance and have your results certificiate in your inbox 3 hours later. This is a RT-PCR test from a UKAS accredited laboratory and is accepted by all countries.  Not flying today? That's fine, this test is available to anyone.

PCR Same Day from £199 By 10pm same day

Guaranteed same day PCR results from 10+ locations across London. This is ideal for last minute travel or the added piece of mind which comes from receiving your results and certificate a couple of days before flying. This is a RT-PCR test from a UKAS accredited laboratory and is accepted by all countries.

PCR Next Day from £139 By 11pm next day

Our standard Covid-19 PCR test has guaranteed results by 11pm the next day, or your money back. To guarantee consistency of supply, we work with 2 laboratories for this test.  All our tests are processed at a laboratory which operates according to the ISO 17025 standard and has been validated against a UKAS-accredited method.  One of them is still awaiting formal UKAS accreditation. If you require a test from a UKAS lab, please book at one of the following locations: Oxford Street, London Bridge, Victoria, Pimlico, Tower Bridge, Battersea and Clapham South.

Antigen Test from £79 3 hours

Our Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test is one of only a few UK Public Health assessed antigen tests. A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 3 hours. NB. Many countries require a PCR test for entry.  Please check the latest travel advice. This is not suitable for children under 5, who should have a PCR test.

Antibody Test (IgM & IgG) from £59 3 hours

Public Health England have declared lateral flow (point of care) tests accurate enough for use in the community, including for asymptomatic patients. Our Orient Gene Covid-19 IgM/IgG antibody test was used by Imperial College London in the largest Covid-19 seroprevalence population study in the world. A healthcare professional will take a blood sample. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 3 hours. Antibody tests check whether you have had the virus in the past, NOT whether you are currently infected. We can only do antibody tests 14+ days after all your symptoms have cleared up.

Antibody (IgG) Lab Test £45 + GP consultation fee 2-3 days

Should you would prefer a Covid-19 test which is analysed in a laboratory then any of our GPs can take this for you.  Please select Laboratory Antibody Test on the booking page.  The GP consultation fee is payable on booking (typically £49) and the test itself (£45) will be payable in the consultation once you have discussed it with the doctor. Antibody tests check whether you have had the virus in the past, NOT whether you are currently infected. We can only do antibody tests 14+ days after all your symptoms have cleared up.

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Why Choose DocTap Covid-19 Testing?

Widest range of Tests
30+ London clinics
Covid-19 tests from £59
3 hour PCR results
Doctor's certificate included
Money back results guarantee
Over 80,000 tests completed
Government approved provider

Frequently Asked Questions


We are pleased to have the widest range and best priced Covid-19 tests of any London clinic.  Please visit the booking page for a full list of tests, prices and availability.  Some of our most popular tests are:

  • PCR Test (next day) - from £139
  • PCR Test (3 hours / same day) - £199
  • Antigen Test - from £79
  • Antibody Test - from £59

All tests are booked online here. Simply select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Then choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the clinic locations and times you can book. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you. PCR tests cost from £139 and point of care tests from £59.

All our tests are carried out at one of our 30+ London clinics, staffed by healthcare professionals.  To select a location, simply visit the booking page and select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the available clinic locations and times. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you.

You can change your test free of charge or cancel for a full refund so long as you have not yet taken the test.  We are not able to make changes or refunds after you have taken the test.  To change or cancel your test please log into your DocTap account. 

Simply book a test for the first member of your party.  Then repeat the process for another test, but on the payment screen enter the details of the second person.  Repeat for any other members of your party.

If you have accidentally booked multiple tests for the same person then don't worry, you will receive an automated email checking that this is what you wanted.  To make a change simply reply to the email with the second person's details. Please ensure we have the correct details before you take your test.

results and certificates

Different tests have different turnaround times.  These are explained at the time that you book your Covid-19 test.  You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within the specified timeframe.  They will also be available to download from your DocTap portal at the same time.  We currently offer the following options for results:

  • PCR - 3 hours (Heathrow Airport & London Bridge only)
  • PCR - Same day by 10pm
  • PCR - Next day by 11pm
  • Antigen - 3 hours
  • Antibody (Instant) - 3 hours
  • Antibody (laboratory) - 3 days

Unfortunately we are unable to speed up your results once you have taken your test.  Therefore, if you need faster results, please change your appointment type to a faster service before taking the test. You can do this in your DocTap account portal.

You will receive your doctor's certificate as soon as your results are ready. This will include:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Passport / ID (if provided)
  • The test type. For PCR this will be: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RT-PCR Test
  • The date and time that the swab sample was collected
  • The result and date
  • Guidance from a doctor advising on your suitability to travel, based on the result of this test.
  • Doctor's signature and GMC number
  • DocTap contract details and logo

For PCR tests you will also receive a separate results certificate produced by the laboratory themselves. This includes:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport / ID (if provided)
  • Test type & methodology
  • Sample reference
  • Sample collected date
  • Reported date
  • Results
  • Details of the laboratory

After taking your test you will receive an email explaining all the notifications you will receive as your test sample moves through the testing process, together with when can expect to receive them.  These vary a little depending on the exact test and location booked, but they are typically:

  • Your test is collected by our courier to take to the laboratory
  • The lab start testing your sample
  • Your results are ready

If you have not received a notification by the advised time then please do let us know and we shall look into it immediately.  If the notification is not yet due then please don't contact us as it will almost certainly still be being processed and we are unable to check up on tests until they are due.

No, you will still get your results in exacly the same timeframe, regardless of which day of the week  you have your test.  Our laboratories and support team operate 7 days per week.

Yes. Many countries require your passport number to be present on your test results certificate. You will be invited to enter your passport number or ID number on booking.  Alternatively, you can enter it at any time in your DocTap portal. It will then be shown on your test results certificate.

Once you have taken your test we are unable to speed up your results. We have integrated with our laboratory partners to ensure that you will automatically receive your results and doctor's certificate as soon a they are released by the laboratory.  If you have not yet taken your test, you can always change to a faster test if required.  We can provide results in 3 hours from our Heathrow test site, and by 10pm the same day from multiple London locations. To change your test please log into your DocTap acccount.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and doctor's certificate will be emailed to you.  Our doctor's letters are on a DocTap headed document and include the signature and GMC number of our medical director. We have had very few requests for paper copies or stamps.

Should you require one of these then we can arrange it to be stamped or signed at one of our London clinics at no extra charge. If you require this please let us know once you have received your results.  Please allow an additional 24 hours to arrange printing and signing of your certificate.  We only have a limited number of London locations where you can collect a certificate from.  We will be able to advise you on your options depending on the day your results are available.

No. We are only able to issue doctor's certificates for tests which have been booked with DocTap. If you are in a hurry you can book a same day or 3 hour PCR test here and you will get a doctor's certificate along with your results.

test details and timings

PCR tests require a swab to be taken from the back of your throat and nose.  It can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt.  This can either be a guided self swab or taken by a healthcare professional. Our same day and 3 hour tests only require a sample from the back of your throat, which some people may prefer. You can choose which you prefer when booking your test.

Antibody and Antigen tests will always be carried out by a healthcare professional.

Different airlines and countries have different requirements regarding when a test must be taken.  Many require a negative PCR test to have been carried out no more than 72 hours before a flight, but please check the government's foreign travel advice for your destination to establish their exact requirements. We have over 30 clinics across London offering same day and next day results.  We also have results in just 3 hours at our Healthrow Airport site.  You can select your preference when you book your test

Please be aware that a very small proportion of tests will return an inconclusive result and will require retesting, which we would arrange free of charge.  We do therefore advise you take your test as soon as permitted for your trip.  For instance, if you require a test taken not longer than 72 hours before your flight at 1pm on 10th May, the optimal time to take your test would be at approximately 2pm on 7th May.  

The majority of countries require a PCR test. We offer PCR tests with both same day and next day results. This is the gold standard of Covid-19 testing. A few countries will accept antigen lateral flow tests, but please check the requirements for your destination country.

No. We are only able to offer tests for patient who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. You will be asked to confirm this on booking.  If you have symptoms please book an NHS test.

PCR is the PHE approved, gold standard Covid-19 test.  This is a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab. We work with 2 different laboratory partners to guarantee that we will always have a supply of tests. 

All our 3 hour and same day tests are carried out at a UKAS accredited laboratory. Next day tests at our Oxford Street, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Victoria, Pimlico, Holborn, Mornington Crescent, Chelsea, Battersea, Swiss cottage and Angel clinics are also tested at a UKAS accredited lab. Next day PCR tests at our other locations are carried out at our London laboratory which operates according to the ISO 17025 standard and has been validated against a UKAS-accredited method, but is still awaiting formal UKAS accreditation. Whilst we are not aware of any countries not accepting their results, please always check your exact requirements before booking.

When attending your appointment, please bring your booking reference number (in your confirmation email) and some photo identification.  Your ID needs to match the name that the booking is under.

A PCR is the gold standard test to determine whether you currently have Covid-19.  This is the test which most countries require for entry purposes.

An antigen test, also called a lateral flow test is also used to check for current infection.  This has the advantage of being quicker and cheaper than a PCR test, but can be less accurate at lower viral loads.

An antibody test looks to see whether you have had the virus in the past. Antibodies are believed to confer a degree of immunity to the re-infection by the virus.  

If you require your test for travel purposes, please check the latest requirements for your destination country before booking.

Different countires and airlines have different policies and they are changing frequently.  To ensure that you have the most up to date information, please contact your airline or review the latest government's travel advice.

DocTap have selected the Zhejiang Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test.  This is available from £79 and is one of the 3 UK Public Health assessed antigen tests with a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 99% compared with PCR. Some countries will accept this test as a condition for entry, in which case it is significantly cheaper and quicker than PCR.  However, the majority of places still stipulate PCR so check the requirements for your country before booking as a fit to fly certificate.

A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose and carry out the point of care test. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 3 hours. Please note that this test is not suitable for children under 5, who should have a PCR test instead.

We can carry out PCR tests on young children. Some healthcare professionals will not be comfortable taking a swab from very young children as it can be stressful for the child if carried out by someone they do not know.  If this is the case they will be able to assist and guide the parent to take a swab from the child.

We are unable to carry out antigen tests on children under 5 years old. Children under 5 should have a PCR test.

Yes, all our test partners have confirmed that their sensitivity and specificity is unchanged with regards to the new Covid-19 strain in the UK.  They will not however differentiate between whether you have the "pre-existing" or novel strain.

No. Given the critical importance of fast results and correct swab technique we do not entrust your test sample to the postal system.  All samples are taken in one of our 30+ medical centres located across London.  We then have our team of in house couriers who collect them to take to the laboratory. In this way we are confident we can offer the highest level of accuracy and reliability for your Covid test.

test to release

Test to Release is a government scheme to enable people arriving in the UK to reduce the amount of time for which they must self isolate.  The government have appointed DocTap as an official Test to Release provider.

Anyone who arrives in England from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man needs to self-isolate for 10 days.  Under the Test to Release scheme, you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test after you have been in England for 5 full days.  If the test result is negative then you can stop self-isolating immediately.

For instance, if you arrive in the UK on Monday then Tuesday would be your first full day in the UK, and you cannot take the test for Saturday. 

If you require Test to Release, then please ensure that you select Test to Release as an appointment type on the booking page or it will not be accepted by the goverment.

DocTap is an official provider for the government's Test to Release programme. If you wish to shorten the amount of time you need to self isolate then please visit our Test to Release page for details

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Please note that our provision of Covid-19 coronavirus tests does not impact on NHS test availability, instead, by providing the tests at competitive prices compared with other providers, our service aims to work as a helpful adjunct to the NHS by increasing testing options in the community. We also report all positive results to Public Health England, and this is obligatory.

Important note: where patients are taking a self swab they must do as directed in the instructions provided.  Failure to take a swab as directed, or to take a swab on behalf of someone else is a gross breach of the terms of this service.

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