All You Need to Know About Fit to Fly Certificates


Today, travel regulations continue to develop to adapt to the constantly evolving Coronavirus pandemic worldwide. One of such travel regulations is the carrying out of a Fit-to-Fly medical test before embarking on air travel.

A Fit-to-Fly test is carried out by many airlines and countries in their efforts to keep others from getting infected as operations and economies slowly reopen.

Fit-to-Fly medical certificates are documents that provide travelers with the proof they received a negative COVID-19 test that was reviewed by a medical professional before travel.

Although some countries require additional tests which could include listening to the lungs or similar non-invasive procedures, travelers are required to take the Coronavirus test within 72 to 96 hours of departure. They can only travel after producing a recent negative test result.

Factors for determining the need for a Standard Fit-to-Fly Certificate

COVID-19 test

Airlines may require you to carry out a standard Fit-to-Fly test if:

  1. You were just discharged from a hospital
  2. You are healing from an operation
  3. You are more than 28 weeks pregnant
  4. You are travelling for medical reasons
  5. You have a wide range of conditions from broken bones to infectious diseases.

What test do you carry out to get the Fit-to-Fly Certificate?

Getting the Fit-to-fly certificate requires you to carry out a PCR Swap test.

PCR tests detect the virus’s genetic material and antigen tests that detect specific proteins from the virus.

How it is carried out:

  • Health care providers carry out the test by using a swap to get a sample from either inside the nose, throat, back of the cheeks, or along the gums or tongue
  • A container is now handed over to the patient to spit into.
  • Results from the test can be ready that day or take a week or longer if the test went to a lab. However, results might take longer if a community does many tests at the same time.
  • Results could either indicate positive or negative. A positive test means the patient is infected while a negative test means they aren’t infected. Inaccurate tests are more likely when someone is tested very early or very late in their infection.


Where can I get a Fit-to-Fly Certificate?

You can get your Fit-to-Fly certificate at any Passport Health locations across the United Kingdom.

Where can I get a PCR Swab test kit?

Click on the link below to order your PRC Swab test kit.

To learn more on the types of Coronavirus tests you may need to carry out, visit the link below.