Please check the ‘travel bans to the UK‘ list before purchasing. When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you’re staying and not leave until 10 days have passed.
Day 2 Test
You will need to take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England is classed as day zero. The day 2 test is to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. Tests will be taken in your own accommodation.
If you have a positive result from your day 2 test, you must quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after the test is taken and for the next 10 days after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13.
Day 5 Test
You cannot take a day 5 test to release test until you have been in England for 5 full days. The day of arrival in England is classed as day zero.
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.
Day 8 Test
You need to take a COVID-19 test on or after day 8, unless you had a positive result from your day 2 test. If you have a positive test result from your day 8 test you will need to quarantine until day 19. Your household will also need to quarantine until day 19.
If you’ve quarantined for 10 full days and received a negative result to both your day 2 and day 8 tests, and you are well, you may leave the place where you’re quarantining. You can see if you can end your quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme, details above. Children under 5 do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
Once you leave quarantine, you must still follow the national restrictions that apply.