Day 5 PCR Test to Release

End your isolation early by taking an optional PCR test on or after day 5 of your isolation. Government Approved Test.

We provide RT-PCR Covid-19 throat and nasal swab testing for travel and for the test to release scheme. International travellers can reduce their 10 days self isolation period on the receipt of a negative Covid-19 test after completing 5 days (120 hours) of isolation.

Quarantine rules

If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated, you must quarantine on arrival in England. You can take a Test to Release test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England.

If you test negative

If the result for your day 5 test is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive) you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.

You still need to take the compulsory test on or after day 8.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If the Test to Release or day 8 test is positive, you need to quarantine for a further 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.

People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

If your Test to Release test is positive, you do not need to take the day 8 test.

If your test is inconclusive

If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop quarantine early.

You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.