Choosing Generic Vs Branded COVID-19 Home Testing Kit


Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and medically equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.

Generic medicines are required meet the same standards of safety, quality and efficacy as the branded medication. To receive market approval from the European Medicines Agency and MHRA, a generic medicine must be 'bioequivalent' to the originator product.

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Our Prices

Coronavirus Home Collection Testing Kit

  • 1 test kit - £110.00
  • 2 test kits - £220.00
  • 3 test kits - £330.00
  • 4 test kits - £440.00
  • 5 test kits - £550.00


How our service works

It’s quick, reliable and accurate to test for COVID-19 Coronavirus from MedExpress — your fully regulated, London, United Kingdom based online pharmacy.

home collection kits

Order up to 5 Coronavirus (Covid-19) home collection test kits online. The tests will be sent to you by next day delivery.

tests to lab

Use the self collection throat and nasal swabs as directed and send the kits back using the prepaid envelope from a priority post box Monday - Friday.

Results in
2-3 days

Your samples will be analysed in the lab and you will be notified of the results by SMS and email. Results can be checked online.

Do I need a COVID-19 Coronavirus home collection testing kit?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus, if you have been in contact with someone who has been infected or if you have recently been in a country with a high incidence of COVID-19, you can take a test to determine if you have been infected.

How do these Coronavirus testing kits work?

The Coronavirus home collection test kit contains a nasal and throat swab which collect a sample of cells which is sent back to a lab for testing. The lab peforms a very sensitive test that looks for the RNA of the virus using a technique called RT-PCR. RT-PCR tests work by detecting specific genetic material known as viral RNA within the virus. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.

Can I take the Coronavirus test at home?

The collection kit will be sent directly to your home. You will use the nasal and throat swab and return the sample in the prepaid envelope to the lab for analysis. You will be notified of the results in 2-3 days.

How do I send my results to the lab?

You will need to post your swab via a priority post box before Midday on the same day that the test is taken. You can identify priority post boxes by accessing the Royal Mail app or website and typing in your postcode.

You should not post your results on a Saturday or Sunday.

How long will it take to get the results?

The results will take 2-3 days once the lab has received it. You will be alerted as soon as the results have been received. Beware of rapid tests being sold which offer instant results as these are not advised by the UK government.

How do I get the results and how will I be notified?

You will receive an email and SMS notification when the lab has produced the results and you can login to our secure portal on our website to view the results. If you would like to receive an SMS with the test results you can add your mobile number to the form which comes with your test kit and the lab will message you the results directly.

How do I access my fit to fly certificate?

We provide a fit to fly certificate which you can download from your online account as soon as your tests results have been processed by our partner lab.

The requirements for fit to fly certificates vary by airline and country, and are rapidly changing with the global situation. Please download our sample certificate from here to check if it satisfies the requirements for your journey. You can see the latest guidance for foreign travel here.

If you require a passport or travel document number on your Fit to Fly certificate, please email with the subject PASSPORT - CERT, along with a photo of your passport/travel document, clearly displaying the document number, and our team will update your certificate.

Are these tests legal?

Yes these tests are completely legal. These are different to the rapid testing blood Coronavirus test kits which not advised by the UK government

Will these Coronavirus tests tell me whether I've previously been infected or if I am immune?

No, these tests will not tell if you have previously been infected or whether you are currently immune, they will only tell you if you are currently infected. Once you have recovered the virus is eliminated and these tests can no longer tell if you’ve been infected.

Are the Coronavirus tests accurate?

All tests are analysed in a lab using PCR.
  • Please note that it is not possible to guarantee that any test kit is 100% accurate and therefore there may be instances where results obtained from the test produces a false positive or negative even when used correctly.
  • If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition or if you have any queries about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other appropriate healthcare provider.
  • You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment due to the information obtained from any test kit obtained through MedExpress.

Are you offering any discounts to NHS or doctors?

Yes, for any doctors or NHS staff we are committed to providing the tests for no profit. Please contact us at for further details.

Can I use a MedExpress PCR test for the government test and release scheme?

Unfortunately, MedExpress tests cannot currently be used for test and release.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus?

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Authored 02 April 2020 by Dr Clare Morrison, Reviewed 02 April 2020 by Liyya Patel, Siobhan Titre Last updated 02 April 2020

Recent COVID-19 Home Testing Kit Reviews

4.4 / 5

Based on 12 independent customer reviews taken by Feefo (see all Reviews).

"good service!"
By Laurent (LEEDS) on 14 April 2021


I got what I needed, safely.


I was pleased to get the prescription which I needed without having to go through my GP for this 'non-urgent' issue. MedExpress was good, very professional.

"Good, would use this service again."
By Ian (SW Wales) on 11 April 2021


They did exactly as promised. Results delivered on time.


Quick and efficient service. Uncomplicated proceedure ideal for those who live far from a test centre.

By GIANLUCA on 08 April 2021


Servizio rapido ed efficiente.


Ottimo , rapido ed efficiente.

"Great service, would use them again!"
By Ketty on 31 December 2020


Results came really fast, the whole process was friendly


Super efficient, very quick delivery, professional. The price is great. Received results in less than 48 hours. The swab was taken seamlessly. Got a fit to fly certificate for free!

"Fast Delivery and Results"
By John on 31 December 2020


Easy to use swab, results sent through by SMS in only 24 hours. Used the certificate to fly to Dubai.


Great Service, fast delivery...results came back in only 24 hours. Recommend using them.

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Our qualified team

All our doctors and pharmacists are based in the UK and are registered with the General Medical Council and General Pharmaceutical Council.

Dr Clare Morrison

General Practitioner (Prescriber)
GMC: 3441561

Avnish Patel

GPhC: 2079950

Rukhsana Deshmukh

Superintendent Pharmacist
GPhC: 2070765