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.
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We provide RT-PCR Covid-19 throat and nasal swab Testing for travel and for the Test to Release scheme launched earlier this year. International travellers can reduce their 10 day self isolation period on the receipt of a negative Covid-19 test AFTER completing 5 days (120 hours) of isolation. 

Government update:

Amber countries

People should not be travelling to amber countries for leisure.

Travellers must:

  • Take a private Covid test before returning to England
  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before heading home
  • Self-isolate at home for 10 days
  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eight

They could end self-isolation early by taking an optional PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme.

You must quarantine on arrival in England. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England.

This is in addition to the tests that everyone must take on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine period.

Example

You arrive in England on Monday. Tuesday will be your first full day of quarantine. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England – Saturday. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.

If you test negative

If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.You still need to take the coronavirus test on or after day 8.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 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 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.

Further information on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel#why-quarantine-is-importan

Disclaimer: If test results are delayed due to any issue at the Lab or results are inconclusive, as we are independent of Lab, we cannot be liable for any late or inconclusive results.

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