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How to use your test

Watch our video below or download instructions (also included with your pack) to see how to use your MyHealthChecked COVID-19 Test.

5 Simple Steps For A Successful COVID-19 Test



Check testing requirements for your destination and order test on next day delivery (if ordered Monday-Friday before midday).

Order Test



This is really important – you must activate your kit to receive your results.

Activate Kit


Collect sample

Use the instructions included, or watch our video to accurately collect your sample.


Post sample

Post your sample back the same day you collect it. Check country requirements for test result timelines.


Get results

Results are processed 24-36 hours once we receive your sample. Keep an eye on your email inbox.

Check results

How long does it take to get results?


Order a test

We’ll post it the same day if you order before 12 noon, Monday – Friday.


Activate, take a swab and return test kit

Take your sample and send it back the same day by midday, Monday-Friday. It is essential you post it back using a Royal Mail Priority Postbox.

Find out more about delivery times and alternative methods here.



We need 24-36 hours to process your sample and this is from the time we scan your sample into our systems at the lab.


Check Results

We’ll send you an email and you’ll be able to log into your My Health Board to access your results and Fit-to-Fly certificate if required.

How does the MyHealthChecked COVID test work?

Our COVID tests are what’s known as PCR tests. This method is more accurate and sensitive to detect the presence of the virus than lateral flow and antigen testing.

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Test content

You provide a sample on a simple lower nasal swab.


The sample is then preserved in a special vial – a PrimeStore® MTM - a molecular transport media which creates a "snapshot in time" by preserving and stabilising DNA and RNA in the sample.


Once it arrives at the lab it undergoes through an extraction process. We can then detect the presence (or absence) of the coronavirus using the "molecular" method called Real-Time PCR.