Edinburgh Airport introduces new COVID-19 testing facility

Published on : Monday, February 8, 2021

Edinburgh Airport has recently launched an on-site COVID-19 testing service. The site is offering fast and accurate lateral flow and PCR testing and is located through the COVID-19 screening entrance to the left of the departures entrance. The site is being operated in partnership with ExpressTest, a division of Cignpost Diagnostics. No booking is required for lateral flow tests as it is a walk-in service.  Customers will be asked to fill out their details and sign the consent form at the site before testing.


The customer will then be guided through to their testing booth by a member of ExpressTest staff, where they will be swabbed. The customer will have to wait for 20 minutes and subject to the test result being negative, will receive a Fit to Fly certificate. Customers who require a PCR test have to get a booking via the ExpressTest website prior to arrival.

PCR tests costs £99 per person for the general public, £80 per person for airline passengers and £60 per person for Edinburgh Airport staff. Lateral flow tests are available for £50 per person. ExpressTest is aiming to deliver PCR test results by 22:00 the day after the test, however, results could take up to 48 hours to receive. ExpressTest is delivered using lateral flow tests and the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is all fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards.

The tests are carried out by a trained screening practitioner in full PPE. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said in a statement that testing will form an important part of travel for the foreseeable future and providing that facility at airports will form part of the business as normal plans. He mentioned that introducing the facility on-site will make things easier for those people who either are carrying out essential travel or who return to travel when it is safe to do so.

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