Day 2 and Day 8 Covid Travel Test Package
All international arrivals to England (excluding those from the common travel area countries*), who are not travelling from a ‘red list’ country must quarantine for 10 days and are required to book a travel test package. Book a day 2 and day 8 Covid test travel package and take a test on or before day 2 of the quarantine period for variant surveillance, and another Covid test on or after day 8 of the quarantine period to check you do not currently have Covid.
Please note that initially, you are only required to book an appointment for your day 2 test. The day 8 test is booked when you attend the day 2 test appointment.
If you haven’t visited or passed through a country on the ‘red list’ in the 10 days before arriving in England, you must:
- Take a Covid test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you start your journey
- Book and pay for the Covid Travel Test Package before you travel. The Covid Travel Test Package will include both Covid tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine. When you book your day 2 and day 8 testing package, you will receive a reference number that must be included on your passenger locator form in order to enter England
- Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive in England and the travel test package booking reference number
*The common travel area includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man
How do I book a private travel test package?
You can book your day 2 and day 8 covid test package at our clinics shown below. Please note calendars show live availability for the travel test package. If the slots are blanked out it means we’re fully booked.
Please note, you will be booked in for your day 8 appointment once you have attended your day 2 appointment.
|Day 2 and 8 Covid Test Package||Price|
|PCR Swab Home Test||£219 inc. shipping|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Birmingham)||£229 inc. appointment|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Chislehurst)||£229 inc. appointment|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Esher)||£229 inc. appointment|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Holborn)||£229 inc. appointment|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (London Bridge)||£229 inc. appointment|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Waterloo)||£229 inc. appointment|
Please note you can leave your place of quarantine to travel to a testing centre for your day 2 and day 8 Covid testing.
What happens if I test positive on my day 2 and day 8 Covid test?
Day 2 test
You need to take a Covid test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period to help identify any potential new variants of Covid. We are also required by the UK Government to send your day 2 test for genomic sequencing. If you test positive on your day 2 test, you must quarantine for a further 10 days beginning on the day the test was taken.
If you test positive on your day 2 test, you do not need to take the test on day 8. Please note that we are unable to refund your day 2 and day 8 Covid test package if you do not complete your day 8 test.
Day 8 test
You also need to take a Covid test on or after day 8 (unless you received a positive result from your day 2 test). If you test positive on your day 8 test, you will need to continue to quarantine until day 19.
Can I reduce my quarantine length?
If you have arrived from a non ‘red list’, you can leave quarantine early if you receive a negative test result on or after day 5 through the Test to Release programme. London Doctors Clinic are a Government-accredited provider for the Test to Release for International Travel scheme.
Please note that the Test to Release Programme is separate from the Covid Test Travel Package and does require an additional Covid test. If you test negative through a Test to Release Covid test and finish your mandatory quarantine on or after day 5, you still need to take your day 8 test.
Book Test to Release Covid Swab
|Test to Release Covid Test||Price|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Birmingham)||£144 inc. appointment|
|PCR Swab in Clinic (Waterloo)||£144 inc. appointment|
What countries are on the red list?
Please refer to the UK Government website here for an up to date list of countries on the ‘red list’. This list is continually updated and it is your responsibility to ensure that you are not required to complete a mandatory hotel quarantine.