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Frequently Asked Questions

Test to Release Covid-19 testing.


What are the quarantine requirements when arriving into the UK?


Any UK or Irish resident travelling to England must self-isolate for the first 10 days after arrival. If you are a traveller who has returned from a ‘red list’ of countries, then you must organise your self-isolation through a designated hotel. You will be required to take a coronavirus test on days 2 and 8 of quarantine. If you test positive, you must self-isolate for a further 10 days.

If you intend to travel to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from these countries, please refer to local government advice for the latest guidance. Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland unless you have a valid exemption.

What is the Test to Release scheme?


The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England. Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you were last in a place that is not on the travel corridor list. For most international arrivals this will be on your 5th full day of self-isolation. From the point a negative result is received, you can stop self-isolating. 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 do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantine for 10 days. 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. For more information visit the government website.

Can I use ADNA for my post-travel Covid-19 test when I arrive in England from abroad?


We are approved by the Government to provide private Covid-19 testing for travellers arriving from countries not on the 'travel ban red list' who want to use the optional Test to Release for International Travel scheme. The scheme lets travellers choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test, which they must take no earlier than day 5 of quarantine. If the result is negative, quarantine ends early. Travellers can choose either our Test to Release sample at home Covid-19 kit or book a sample collection at one of our collection centres.

On 15th February 2020, the UK Government also announced that everyone coming to England from a country not on the 'travel ban red list' must quarantine for 10 days and purchase a Travel Testing Package from a private provider. The Travel Testing Package requires travellers to complete two Covid-19 tests on Day 2 and Day 8 of quarantine. You can also order our Travel Testing Package.

When should I order my RT-PCR test before my flight back to the UK?


You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. You will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form. You must do this to take part in the scheme. We will provide you with all the information you need on your confirmation email. If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form. You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.

Do I get any discount for booking my pre- and post-travel test together?


Order your test at the same time as your outbound test to receive a discount. We will ship the test kit(s) to your home for you to take the sample and return to the lab 5 days after your arrival in the UK.

How do I return my sample while in quarantine?


You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from our test sample Centre with a pre-scheduled appointment. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.

Cancellation Policy


We offer no refunds after the generation of booking reference. If you change your travel arrangement or arrival date, you can use your booking reference so long as it has not been used previously to complete a passenger locator form.
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