Day 2 PCR and Day 8 PCR Package Tests

Cost: £158 (£79 per test) – Monday to Sunday

If you are not fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival into the UK, then you will need to take a government mandatory Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test if you’re arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from any country that is not on the red list. You will also need to quarantine for 10 days at home, but you can have the optional Day 5 PCR test (Test to Release) to reduce the quarantine period.

You’re legally required to take a PCR test on Day 2 (or before) of the compulsory 10-day quarantine period, followed by a second test on Day 8. The day you arrive is treated as Day 0. You can book your Day 2 test on Day 0, Day 1 or Day 2. You then book your second test on Day 8.

You must remain in self-isolation until the end of the tenth day even if you have received a negative result from your Day 2 test. However, you can take an optional Day 5 Test to Release PCR test – if this is negative you can leave quarantine as soon as you get a negative result. Click here to book an additional Day 5 test.

You need to  book your Day 2 and Day 8 tests before your arrival into England, Scotland or Wales and complete a passenger locator form with details about where you will be self-isolating.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you must continue self-isolating for a further 10 days, starting from the date of your positive result.

TESTING FOR CHILDREN

Children aged 4 and under, do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests at all.

Children from 0-17 who are resident in the UK, or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination-programmes, do not have to quarantine on arrival in England. To see if your country of residence is on the approved Covid 19 Vaccination programme, please click here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countries-with-approved-covid-19-vaccination-programmes-and-proof-of-vaccination

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in the UK, or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination-programmes, will still need to have a Day 2 Lateral Flow Test.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in any country that is not on the approved proof of vaccination-programmes list must:

  • take a COVID-19 test (if aged 11 or above) before travelling to England
  • take a PCR COVID-19 test on or before day 2 in England – arrival day is day 0
  • take a PCR COVID-19 test on or after day 8 in England – arrival day is day 0
  • quarantine at home or in the place they’re staying for 10 days, or for the duration of their stay if it’s less than 10 days

The optional Day 5 Test to Release is also available to come out of quarantine earlier.

How it works

  1. We will email you a Patient ID number after you have booked the two tests. You’ll need this for your passenger locator form.
  2. You’ll need to pay online while booking your tests.
  3. On the day of the tests you will attend our private drive through test site (we don’t post the test to you to carry out yourself).
  4. Our swab practitioner will carry out the tests while you remain safely seated in your car.
  5. The swab samples are posted recorded delivery with Royal Mail at the end of the day and our partner laboratory will receive them the next day. (If your test is carried out on a Sunday, your sample will not arrive at the laboratory until Tuesday)
  6. Test results are emailed and texted to you.  If you count the day of the test as Day 0, you will receive your results by the morning of Day 3.

Please do not eat/drink anything or chew gum at least 30 minutes before having your swab taken.

Inconclusive tests

On rare occasions swab tests give inconclusive results, after which the lab automatically retests your swab. A retest normally produces a successful result, but could delay your result by a few hours.

Invalid results

On very rare occasions, a person’s swab test will be tested twice and still have an inconclusive result, meaning a second swab test will be needed. However, the invalid rate is just 0.2%.

The tests we use

The tests we use are manufactured by VIASURE and approved by the Department of Health, CE IVD marked and certified to ISO 13485.

What if you test positive

Immediately isolate yourself to prevent spreading the virus. Contact the NHS on 111 to get advice on what to do next.

What your result document shows

  • The laboratory logo, name and contact details
  • Our clinic name and address
  • Your name and date of birth
  • Date and time the swab was taken
  • Date the laboratory finished processing the results
  • Your Patient ID Number
  • A “Negative” or “Positive” result
  • Authorisation signature and stamp from a doctor
  • Passport number