From 4am Monday 4th October, 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.
If you have travelled from or via a red country, you must follow the rules for red countries. Please go to the website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#red-list-rules
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 AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Children of all ages who are resident in the UK, British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, USA or a recognised European country, DO NOT need to quarantine.
Ages 4 and under, do not need to have any tests at all.
Unvaccinated children aged 5 to 17 years must have the Day 2 PCR test. There is no need for the day 8 test.
Unvaccinated children who are not resident in the UK British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, USA or a recognised European country, must quarantine for 10 days and have the day 2 PCR and day 8 PCR tests. They may have the optional Day 5 PCR Test to Release.
Non-resident children aged 4 and under, do not need to take any tests at all.
Please do not eat/drink anything or chew gum at least 30 minutes before having your swab taken.
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