Day 5 (PCR Test To Release)
The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England. The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.
The scheme lets you choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test and if the result is negative, you can stop quarantining. You cannot take a test until you have been in England for 5 full days and you can pre order your test if you choose. If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
If you’re planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you’re exempt. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.
You will be sent a Test To Release PCR sampling kit which include everything you need to take your sample and return to Randox testing laboratory. You are able to return your sample via a Randox Drop Box, DX location or via your own organised courier. Results are available within 24 hours of reaching one of the UK’s leading ISO 17025 UKAS laboratories.
Each kit includes:
- Nasal & throat swab sample kit
- ISO 17025 UKAS accredited lab testing
- 24 hour results from sample being received at lab
- Email to confirm your sample has arrived at the lab and when results are ready
- Order by 12 noon for same day dispatch Monday – Friday & 10am Saturday (excludes Bank Holidays)*
Business customers: click here to order larger quantity of COVID-19 tests
Kits dispatched same day if ordered before 12 noon weekdays. Saturday dispatch for weekend orders placed before 10am Saturday. Weekend orders placed after 10am Saturday will be dispatched on the following Monday (excluding Bank Holidays). Kits are sent using a TNT next day service which is intended for next day delivery but not guaranteed. To find out more about COVID-19 test kit delivery and returns information, please click here.