COVID-19 Testing Facility

COVID-19 Testing Facility

Belfast International Airport is working in collaboration with local leading diagnostics firm RANDOX to provide convenient, efficient and cost-effective COVID-19 tests for passengers who require them. RANDOX are able to offer pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests at their facility located at the Maldron Hotel on site at Belfast International Airport.

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Many destinations now require passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. The type of test required varies depending on the destination, however usually it is necessary to take the test at least 48-72 hours before arrival at your destination. 

Belfast International Airport is working in collaboration with RANDOX to provide convenient, efficient and cost-effective pre-departure COVID-19 tests for passengers who require them for essential travel.

In addition to RANDOX’s testing clinics in Crumlin and Holywood, a new facility has been set up at the Maldron Hotel at Belfast International Airport.

The service and price of your test includes FREE Parking located within the Maldron Hotel facility.

How does the process work?

1:  Book your test online with RANDOX at a day and time to suit you 

2: Arrive for your test with your booking confirmation and passport

3: Your test is carried out by a qualified sample collection officer and next day results sent via email

Please take special care when booking your test date and time.

When selecting your appointment you must ensure you check with your airline and final destination whether your time frame for having a negative COVID-19 result is before your departure date and time or your arrival date and time.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do the tests cost?

The PCR test costs £85 and results are given next day. 

This includes the test being carried out by a qualified sample collection officer and analysed in RANDOX’s COVID-19 testing laboratories in Antrim.

How do I book?

If you require a PCR test, you can make a booking via the airport website – click here. You will need to choose the date and time of your test to ensure it meets your travel requirements, before making payment online.

If there are several members of your group and you require multiple tests, appointments will need to be booked separately.

How does the process work?

Once your appointment has been booked and you have received your confirmation, simply arrive at the testing facility at the Maldron Hotel, Belfast International with your booking confirmation and passport, at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment.

A trained sample collection officer will carry out your test and the sample will be sent to RANDOX’s COVID-19 laboratories.

You will receive your certificate via email the day following your appointment. The certificate will state that your test was RT-PCR – which is universally recognised as the gold standard.

 

What happens at the sample collection facility?

Once you have parked at the hotel proceed to The RANDOX Travel Centre, located at Car Park D, where a trained sample officer will take you through the procedure”

  When instructed, you will be called forward for your test. They will give you some instructions and talk you through the process. When they do the swab, samples will be taken from your throat and then your nose. 

Please avoid eating for an hour or two prior to testing and bring a bottle of water in case you would like a drink after your swab.

When should I book?

Testing capacity is limited and we therefore recommend that you book your test as early as possible to ensure the appointment date and time you require is available. A test is usually required 48-72 hours before arriving at your destination however this can vary by destination. Therefore we advise you check with your airline, tour operator or on the Government website for the latest advice for your destination.

When should I get tested?

A test is usually required 48-72 hours before your departure however this can vary by destination therefore we advise you check with your airline, tour operator or on the Government website for the latest advice for your destination. Results are communicated the day following your appointment.

Do children need to get tested?

This depends on where you are travelling to. We recommend that you speak with your airline, tour operator or refer to the latest Government guidance for your destination to determine the specific requirements.

Can I not get a test as part of the NHS testing scheme?

No, the countries require a PCR test and a laboratory report which is not possible via the NHS or mass testing schemes.

Do I receive a certificate?

Yes, depending on your test result you will receive a Positive or Negative Certificate.

Who will carry out the testing?

All PCR tests are carried out by a trained RANDOX sample collection officer and then analysed at their laboratory.

What if my test is positive?

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines. Unfortunately you will not be permitted to travel therefore you should contact your airline/tour operator to discuss your options.


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