Arrivals COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing for arrivals at Manchester Airport

Book Your COVID-19 Test

From 15th February 2021, all UK arrivals are required to book a two test package prior to travel*. Proof of booking must be shown in order to travel to the UK. Travellers must then self-isolate for 10 days, and take the two tests on Day 2 and Day 8 after arrival. The results of these two tests do not allow travellers to leave self-isolation early. From 11th March 2021, the two test package may be taken at the airport testing facility.

The 'Day 2' test may be taken up to two days after arrival – for example, it can be taken on the day of arrival.

You may leave your place of quarantine in order to be tested.

The Government’s Test to Release scheme is continuing in parallel. Under the scheme, travellers can opt also to purchase a test at the airport from Day 5 after arrival. Upon receiving a negative Test to Release result, travellers may leave quarantine; however, they must still complete both the Day 2 and Day 8 tests.

 * Travellers who have recently been in Red List Countries must book a quarantine hotel package, which includes two tests. Travellers who have recently been in Red List Countries cannot use Test to Release.

Please do not use the airport testing facility if you suspect you may have COVID-19. If this is the case, you must use NHS testing facilities.

Travellers must not use NHS testing facilities for travel related purposes.

*By clicking a booking link on this page, you are leaving the Manchester Airport website and making a booking with a third party partner.

Important Information

Please remember to complete a Passenger Locator Form before you arrive in the UK. This should include your booking reference for your Day 2 and Day 8 test package, as well as your Test to Release booking if you have made one. Make sure that your chosen test provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list.

Arrivals Testing Options

If you are travelling through Manchester Airport, you currently have two options for testing on arrival.*

  • Get a test at our airport testing facility. Getting a test taken by a medical practitioner such as Collinson reduces the risk of an inconclusive test result and of tests being delayed in the post, giving you the best chance to actually leave quarantine on Day 10.

Test Type

Sample Method

Result Time*



Day 2 and Day 8 Package


48 hours


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Test to Release


Same day for test appointments up until 4pm


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* Results time will vary by provider. Make sure that your chosen test provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list, which is being regularly updated.

  • Alternatively, get a test with one of our high street test partners.

How It Works

  1. Book your test slot with one of our travel test providers; Collinson at Manchester Airport or one of our local partners.

  2. Arrive at your appointed time at your chosen testing facility, with any required identification and proof of booking for your test. Please remember to wear a mask unless exempt due to health reasons.

  3. Your test sample will be collected by a clinical professional to be analysed.

  4. You will then receive your test results within the turnaround time guaranteed by your chosen provider.

Testing Centre Location

The Manchester Airport COVID-19 testing facility reception can be found on the ground floor of the station. Please report here to register and pay.

When it is time for your appointment, the Collinson team will direct you to the testing centre which is located in the Terminal 1 Meet and Greet office.

If arriving by car please park in T1 Short Stay (parking fees apply).

Note: Please do not confuse the airport testing facility with the NHS drive-through testing facility also located on airport grounds.

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 19:00, 7 days a week

Car Park Location

Directions to Car Park

T1 Short Stay

From the M56

Exit the M56 at Junction 5 and keep right, following signs for T1 and T3.

At the traffic lights go straight ahead for T1, passing the Hilton Hotel on your left.

At the first roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Terminal Road North. Continue past the pedestrian crossing and at the second roundabout take the 1st exit into T1 Short Stay.

Please note T1 Short Stay uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and is pay on exit, so there is no barrier at the entrance and you do not need a token. Both card and cash payments can be made at the exit barrier.

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Local COVID-19 Travel Test Provider

If you don’t live near or are unable to get to the airport for testing, you can also take a COVID-19 travel test at local MASTA clinics. Manchester Airport has partnered with MASTA, who are offering a RT PCR test.

If you are travelling from Manchester Airport, you can get a 5% discount off your test at MASTA by filling in this form and taking the discount code with you on the day of your test.

Manchester Airport COVID 19 Testing

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