You cannot take a test until you have been in England for 5 full days but you need to pre-order your test before you arrive in the UK.
The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only. 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 plan 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.
Test results will be emailed
For further information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on travel and transport to England please read this guide from the UK Government carefully.
This a self-collection postal test package. Once ordered, our team will send you Covid-19 sampling collection kit including swab and transport medium, clear step by step sampling instructions, return biohazard packaging and pre-paid 24 Hour Tracked Address label on the sample box.
When you receive the sample collection kit, follow the enclosed instructions to take your own nose and throat swab samples. Use one kit per test per individual, washing hands in between sampling for different people including children. Whilst the sample collection procedure is simple to carry out, you may experience some discomfort when rubbing the swab inside your nasal cavity or throat. Sample are returned through Royal Mail Priority Post Box.
We recommend ordering your test 7 days before travelling for Fit to Fly or use our Express Testing Service. Take the sample and send it back to our lab 3 days before travel. Please note despatch days may vary when ordering Test to Release, Day 2 and 8 testing in line with government guidelines and self-isolation requirements. Unfortunately, we cannot be held liable for any postal delays. Please make note of your tracking number so that you can check the delivery progress.