You will need to take these two tests if you’re arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from an Amber country and you have not been fully vaccinated with a NHS vaccine. You will also need to quarantine for 10 days, unless you have the optional Day 5 PCR test (Test to Release).
The above rules also apply to arrivals from FRANCE who have been fully vaccinated. Even if you have been fully vaccinated with the NHS vaccine (plus 14 days), you will still need to quarantine for 1o days from your entry into England and you will need the mandatory Day 2 and Day 8 tests. You can have the optional Day 5 (Test to Release) if you wish to come out of quarantine earlier.
If you’ve travelled via a red country, you must follow the rules for red countries.
Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate, but children aged 5 to 18 will need to have the Day 2 test only. They do not need the day 8 test. Children aged 4 and under are exempt from any testing.
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 (over 18s only). 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.
For over 18s, even if you get a negative result from the tests you will still need to remain in self-isolation until the end of the tenth day. 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.
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.
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