Pre-Arrival Polymerase Chain reaction (PCR) Test

All inbound travellers must take a pre-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to departure. Proof of a negative PCR test result must be presented upon check-in at the airport.
 
A negative PCR test means that “the test result shows that the person in respect of whom the test was administered had a swab taken from the upper airways which gave a negative result by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for the detection of the virus.”
 
The PCR test must be from an approved laboratory and the document should specify the name and address of the approved laboratory where the test was performed.
 
The follow are approved laboratories as of 21 September 2021:
  • United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited laboratories;
  • Laboratories of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom;
  • Joint Commission (JC) accredited laboratories;
  • Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited laboratories;
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accredited laboratories;
  • Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA) accredited laboratories;
  • National Public Health laboratories; or
  • Other government approved providers.
     
Source: CONTROL OF COVID 19 (NO.3) REGULATIONS, 2021

To review the latest Control of COVID 19 regulations, please visit https://www.exploregov.ky/government-covid19-policies
 
What should be included on your PCR test? 
Your PCR test should show:
  • date sample was collected
  • negative result
  • name and address of the approved laboratory where the test was performed