RT-PCR Test Manchester
The PCR Test at VIVO Clinic in Manchester tests for current COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infection using a nasal and throat swab.
The test is essential for travelling to many countries.
Same-day results appointments are available here
In-Clinic PCR Test at our Manchester Clinic
Use the button above to select a date and book your appointment.
Our Tests in Comparison to Government / NHS Tests
Tests booked through the Government website are not for recreational travel purposes and do not supply you with a fit-to-fly certificate. Unnecessary strain is being put on the government system by those attempting to book tests for travel.
Our in-clinic tests are for travel purposes only. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should book a test via the Government website or buy a test from our online shop.
What is a PCR Test?
PCR is a laboratory-based test that uses a nasal/throat swab sample to detect RNA related to coronavirus.
Why do I need a PCR test for travel?
Almost all countries have travel restrictions, with many popular destinations now requiring certification of a negative COVID-19 test. Our tests are travel recognised and processed promptly with results sent to you via email.
Which countries require a PCR test?
When should I book the test?
Once your swab has been collected the Manchester clinic will dispatch it to our CQC registered lab via express courier. The lab will process the sample and email your results on the day you choose from our booking calendar.
Most operators require that tests are carried out within 72 hours of travel, so we recommend that you factor this in when choosing a date and time for your booking. Some countries have a smaller window, so please check the government website if you are unsure.
Will I get a fit-to-fly certificate?
The lab will provide you with test results via email. You can use this email to prove the date and outcome of your test.
Can I buy tests, rather than coming to the Manchester clinic for testing?
Yes. You can buy sample collection kits from the shop. With the sample collection kits, you will be provided with a free 1st class returns envelope (or optional upgrade) for you to return the sample to our lab. Some clients prefer an in-clinic test as it is done under the supervision of a trained expert and the turnaround is significantly faster.
Is your laboratory regulated?
Yes, the laboratory we use is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Certificate number: CRT1-4708702735
How reliable is the test?
The test has 100% sensitivity
Will the test tell me if I’ve recently had the virus?
No. A PCR test looks for current infection.
Where is your clinic located?
The Manchester clinic address is:
VIVO Clinic (based inside Remedy Lounge)
While there are excellent links to public transport, we recommend travelling alone if you suspect that you have
What should I do if I receive a positive result?
If you receive a positive result, this means that you are currently infected with COVID-19, and you could pose a risk to others around you. Therefore, you should self-isolate immediately, and inform those you have been in contact with in the last 7 days in case this result affects them.
If you would like further information on what you should do if you receive a positive result, you should visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or contact the NHS on 111.
Airport Distance Manchester Airport 8 miles Liverpool Airport 32 miles Leeds Airport 53 miles
Which countries can I travel to?
The countries to which you can currently travel, and their respective regulations are continuously evolving. We recommend that you visit the Government webpage which is kept up to date with the latest information and developments.
Your sample collection will be supervised by our trained staff who will provide full guidance. You may also wish to familiarise yourself with the sample collection procedure prior to your appointment.