Private Covid Tests

Government Listed Provider for: Test to Release for International Travel

Coronavirus Home Collection Kits. Laboratory Testing.

Get COVID PCR tests for travel at home, from Blue Horizon.

Blue Horizon have been helping people access Laboratory testing from the safety of their own home since 2009. As our laboratory partners now offer COVID-19 PCR Swab and Covid-19 Antibody tests our customers can now order these Coronavirus testing kits safely online, alongside our more usual range of tests such as thyroid hormones and cancer markers.

Instructional Video

If you are unsure as to how to take a self covid test, please take a few minutes to watch this instructional video that covers both the sample taking process, and also administration such as registering the kit online and packing the kit properly.

Which Test – PCR Swab or Antibody?

PCR Swab

(Do I have Covid)
  • Best conducted whilst Symptomatic, but often now a pre work/ flight and travel requirement..
  • A swab stick rubbed against throat and nose.
  • Tests for RNA fragments of SARS-Cov-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Test Specificity 100%
  • Test Sensitivity >95% at 0.75 copies of viral RNA/ul.

Antibody Blood Test

(Have I had Covid)
  • Best Conducted from 14 days onwards after suspected infection for IgG, after 5 days for IgM
  • A blood sample is needed. (finger-prick kits available)
  • Tests for both IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-Cov-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Sensitivity is up to 100% after 14 days post exposure and Specificity is 98.1% overall.

COVID-19 PCR Swab

(Do I have Covid)
  • Best conducted whilst symptomatic, but often now a pre work/ flight requirement..
  • A swab stick rubbed against throat and nose.
  • Tests for RNA fragments of SARS-Cov-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Test Specificity 100%
  • Test Sensitivity >95% at 0.75 copies of viral RNA/ul.


COVID-19 Antibody Blood Test

(Have I had Covid)
  • Best Conducted from 14 days onwards after suspected infection for IgG, after 5 days for IgM
  • A blood sample is needed. (finger-prick kits available)
  • Tests for both IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-Cov-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Sensitivity is up to 100% after 14 days post exposure and Specificity is 98.1% overall.

A simple, three stage testing process.

Order your Private Covid Test online
Collect your coronavirus sample for testing
Results for Private covid-19 Tested
An enhanced service, for these unprecedented times.

Due to unexpected postal delays all customers are now receiving expedited postal delivery and we are pleased to say that typically results for both the IgG IgM antibody test and RT-PCR Swab test are now being issued within 1 working day of the laboratory receiving back the samples.


Independent Laboratories for Personal Testing Services.

Our test runs are on a very small scale compared to the UK government’s ambitious plans for mass detection and screening. Private testing is run independently from the government, and the sale of these tests does not limit capacity for NHS access to these tests. Both the RT-PCR swab tests and the Coronavirus IgG IgM Antibody test are carried out by our regular trusted private laboratories that are fully accredited and registered with the Care Quality Commission where they need to be.

An easy process to follow.

For those that have not used home collection kits before the process can seem a little daunting, but 95% of our customers find collecting a viable swab sample straight forward, although the antibody vacutainer kit comes with the option of assistance from a nurse..

  1. Order your test kits online, they are dispatched same day (if before 1pm, monday to friday)
  2. Due to previous delivery issues we are now sending both the PCR swab kit and Antibody test kit ourselves, using the Royal Mail Next Day guaranteed by 1pm service, where a tracking number is provided. The service (in these pandemic times) plans to deliver by 4pm, although we sometimes are able to offer a next day by 9am service (which aims to deliver your private covid test by 11am).
  3. Take a sample by following the instructions
  4. Post back in the provided return envelope using a tracked24 return label if you have one with the test you buy or by arranging your own courier service, which ever option suits your needs the best.
  5. When the laboratory receive the sample, they will start testing straight away, results will be issued within 1-2 working days of laboratory receipt for the Antibody test, and on the next working day for the PCR Swab test.
Frequently asked questions.

Is there a Testing Clinic near me?

Because we courier you out covid testing kits super-fast we do not use the usual network of clinics in your area - these are difficult to arrange appointments for and also carry the risk of spreading virus particles. We feel it is best to use our home coronavirus test kits, making full use of courier and postal services.

Can I conduct private testing at home without help?

Yes, you can. All of our private coronavirus test kits come with full instructions and are easily taken by yourself at home, with the exception of the vacutainer antibody test, for which you’ll need to arrange your own nurse for the blood draw. We will always use expedited couriers to send the kits out to you, and in the case of PCR tests we are ale to arrange a courier to pick up the sample from your door and deliver to the laboratory for analysis where it will be tested privately.

Are my Test results Private and Confidential?

Your test results are private and confidential, and will never be disclosed to anyone without your permission. The one exception to this is if you have a positive PCR test, meaning that you have an active Coronavirus infection. In such an instance, our laboratory will give your submitted details to NHS Track and Trace as well as yourself so that they can get in touch with you with a view to tracing contacts and helping to curb the spread of the virus.

Where to learn more about Private Coronavirus Testing?

We go into more detail about each of the test types in the following pages - or if you would like to chat during working hours please use our chat window.

Do you offer Fit to Travel Covid tests?

Blue Horizon offers a private Covid-19 PCR test with a signed fit to fly certificate emailed to you the following day you return the sample. Our PCR test is fully certified and accredited by PHE, (Public Health England), and accepted by all airlines.

The 'Covid Travel Test' is usually taken 3 days before departure of your flight, with that in mind, many of our customers order the test kit weeks in advance to avoid any delays with postage of the kit getting to them.

If you have a cough or are feeling fatigued please check out our blog on Traveling and Covid Testing

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