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Day 2 Covid Test

Day 2 Covid Tests 

All international arrivals to England must follow government rules on their return. What rules you must follow when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive and your vaccination status. Please refer to the government website here for the latest guidance on international travel. 

Click here for more information about our Test to Release programme.

Please note as of March 18th 2022 fully vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals do not have to take any Covid tests before or after they travel to England.

 

Please note as of March 18th 2022 fully vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals do not have to take any Covid tests before or after they travel to England. 

Non-red list countries and fully vaccinated

  • Complete a passenger locator form. 

Non-red list countries and not fully vaccinated

  • Take a PCR Covid test and get a negative result during the 2 days before you start your journey back to the UK.  
  • Book and pay for a day 2  PCR test before you travel. You must take your day 2 test on or before day 2. When you book your day 2 test, you will receive a reference number that must be included on your passenger locator form in order to enter England. When you book your day 2  test, you must specify whether you’re fully vaccinated and the country from which you are travelling.
  • Complete a passenger locator form.  

Please visit the government website here for more information.

Red list countries

Please note if you are travelling from a red list country you required to take PCR swab test within 3 days of travel and book quarantine hotel package for when you arrive.

Visit the government website here for more information on current red list countries and quarantine requirements.

 

How do I book a private travel test?

You can book your Covid day 2 test at our clinics shown on the booking drop-down. Please note calendars show live availability for the travel test package UK. If the slots are blanked out it means we’re fully booked. Please note when you are booking your day 2 and test, you must specify whether you’re fully vaccinated and the country from which you are travelling.

Home Day 2 PCR tests are available through our lab partner. Please click the dropdown at the top of this page. Covid day 2 home PCR tests will be dispatched in 2-4 working days once order confirmation is sent. Tests are sent by our lab partner’s delivery service. Tests will not be dispatched on the bank or public holidays. Please note Test to Release Covid home tests will only be dispatched prior to day 5 of your mandatory quarantine. Please follow the instructions provided with your home post-travel PCR tests and return using our lab partner’s dropbox.

Please note when you are completing the day 2 Covid test booking form, you will need to choose the option relevant to your vaccination status and where you are travelling from.

 

What happens if I test positive on my day 2 Covid test?

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If you test positive on a Day 2 test, you must quarantine for 10 days beginning on the day the test was taken. You can stop self-isolating if you test negative on a lateral flow test on days 6 and 7. 

 

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. 

 

Day 2 Home Covid PCR Tests 

We also offer day 2 test for home delivery via our lab partner.  Please follow the instructions sent with your Covid tests. Once you receive your test through the mail, you’ll need to activate it online. You will then receive a notification when you activate your Covid test, when it arrives at the lab and when you get your results. 

Please note when you are completing the day 2 Covid PCR test booking form, you will need to choose the option relevant to your vaccination status and where you are travelling from.

Return Delivery options:

  • All home Covid PCR kits include a return postage label from Royal Mail

 

When will my home Day 2 PCR test get delivered? 

Tests will be dispatched in 4-6 working days once order confirmation is sent. Tests are sent by our lab partner’s delivery service.

 
 

COVID-19 Test to Release for International Travel

We are a Government-accredited provider for the Test to Release for International Travel scheme which has been brought in to give patients the option to reduce the length of their self-isolation when they arrive in England from a non-red list country and are not fully vaccinated.

Under this scheme, you have the opportunity to order a private coronavirus test and if your result is negative you can stop self-isolating. If you are arriving in England from a non-red list country and you’re not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive.

 

 

You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt in to the scheme on the passenger locator form. You can take the test no earlier than the 5th day after your arrival in England.

For example, if you leave your non-red list destination on a Monday, Tuesday is day 1. This means you cannot take your test until day 5, which would be Saturday. 

The Covid Test to Release scheme is entirely voluntary and applies to those travelling into England only. As this is a private coronavirus test, you will have to pay for this test.

Your test should be booked before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. If you decide to take part in the Test to Release scheme after you have arrived in England, You will need to complete another passenger locator form. Please visit the government website for more information. 

Please note the Test to Release scheme is separate from the Day 2 Covid testing.

 

Test to Release Covid Home Tests 

We also offer Test to Release Covid tests for home delivery via our lab partner. Please follow the instructions sent with your Test to Release Covid test. Once you receive your test through the mail, you’ll need to activate it online. You will then receive a notification when you activate your Covid test, when it arrives at the lab and when you get your results. To book your home Test to Release Covid test, please use dropbox on this page. 

Test to Release Covid tests are only dispatched prior to day 5 of your mandatory quarantine by our lab partners delivery service.  Please note that due to current UK government regulations, Test to Release Covid tests cannot be taken earlier than day 5 of your quarantine. Due to this, the dispatch date of your Test to Release Covid test will be based on your arrival date back to the UK (the date provided when the order was placed). You will receive a dispatch notification once the test has been sent.

Return Delivery options:

  • All home Covid PCR kits include a return postage label from Royal Mail
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if one of my day 2 test has a positive result?

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If you are not fully vaccinated and you test positive on a Day 2 test, you must quarantine for 10 days beginning on the day the test was taken. You can stop self-isolating if you test negative on a lateral flow test on days 6 and 7. 

 

When will my home Day 2 test get delivered?

Home Day 2 PCR tests will be dispatched in 4-6 working days once order confirmation is sent.  Day 2 Covid PCR tests are sent by our lab partner’s delivery service.

What if I am travelling from a red list country?

According to the government website, If you have been in or through any country on the ‘red list’ within the 10 days prior to arriving in England, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. 

You can find out more information on the government website here

Where can I find my day 2 reference number for the UK Passenger Locator Form?

Your Day 2 reference number is included in the email confirmation when you book your day 2 test. It will be in the format of 5 letters and 7 numbers e.g. ABCDE1234567. You will need this number to complete the UK Passenger Locator Form required for entry into the country.

When should I have a Test to Release test?

You should book your test before your arrival in England. This is for destinations that are not on the red list and those who are and are not fully vaccinated.

Can my child have a Test to Release Test?

We only swab children 10 or over in clinic.

You can take a swab sample from your child with a home test. You can follow Government guidance when swabbing your child if you have not done it before. 

Does the Test to Release Programme apply for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

No, the Test to Release Scheme is only applicable in England.

Do you offer Test to Release Home Covid testing?

Yes. We offer Test to Release Covid tests for home delivery. After the order is placed, your test will be dispatched prior to day 5 of your quarantine. Please read instructions carefully and return your test via our partner’s free dropbox.

When will my Test to Release test be dispatched?

Your test to Release Covid test will only be dispatched prior to day 5 of your mandatory quarantine in the UK. Test to Release Covid tests cannot be taken earlier than day 5 of your quarantine. Therefore, the dispatch date of your Test to Release test will be based on your arrival date back to the UK. You will receive a dispatch notification once the test has been sent.

How do I opt in to the Test to Release scheme?

You can choose to opt in to this scheme on your passenger locator form.

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