Coronavirus information and guidance

Covid tests for students and staff

Updated: 5 July 2021, 2pm

The University of St Andrews is working with the Scottish Government to ensure all students and staff have access to free, asymptomatic Covid tests.

Lateral flow tests

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) kits can be ordered for delivery or collected from your nearest pharmacy. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website

If you have any problems accessing these resources you can contact the University’s Covid Helpdesk for support.

Fit to Fly tests

The lateral flow (LFD) test offered at our Centre provided reassurance to you, your colleagues, and your family and friends, but should not be regarded as 'fit to fly' evidence and may not be accepted by travel companies and airlines as such. 

For 'fit-to-fly' certificates, the University has worked with JDR Healthcare, a reputable local company, to provide a Fit-to-Fly clinic in the Students’ Union Building, St Mary’s Place, St Andrews.

PCR tests cost £150 – a reduced rate for students and staff – and can be booked via JDR Healthcare's website. The clinic will be staffed by professional nurses. JDR Healthcare also offer LFD tests which come with Fit-to-Fly certificates, at a rate of £75.

The University will receive no income from the Fit-to-Fly clinic.

The JDR clinics will initially operate in the mornings and evenings only, but the company has pledged to provide further testing capacity if demand merits it.

Many countries require a PCR test, but more are now accepting the LFD test as well.  Some countries currently insist that you take a test within 48 hours of travel, while for others it is 72. Please ensure you are fully aware of the Fit-to-Fly requirements of your destination and your airline before booking your test.

You are not obliged to use the St Andrews JDR service for Fit-to-Fly certification, and our Covid Helpdesk can provide contact details for a number of other services elsewhere in Scotland, including those being offered at airports.

If you have any questions about the service or how to book, our Covid Helpdesk is fully briefed and can assist you.

Further information on travelling home at the end of Semester 2.


Further information

Please contact our Covid Helpdesk for any questions about the St Andrews testing programme.

Email: covidhelp@st-andrews.ac.uk 
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 4146