Cost: £89 – Monday to Saturday – 11.40am until 3pm. Sunday – 9am till 2pm.
You are legally required to have the Day 2 test on or before Day 2 after your arrival into the UK. The day you arrive in the UK is treated as Day 0. You can book an appointment for Day 0, Day 1 or Day 2.
Your sample will be couriered to a specialist laboratory in Manchester, where they can carry out Genome Sequencing if the result is positive. Based on the journey time and the laboratory turnaround time, we will aim to send out your results by the end of the next day, but this cannot be guaranteed; and it could be the morning after. If we call your test date, Day 0, then your results could be sent to you by the end of Day 1 or on the morning of Day 2. (The majority of results are sent the next day.)
You can have the day 2 PCR test if you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is on the UK government’s approved list and you had the final dose at least 14 days before travel. If you are unsure if your vaccine is accepted, please click on the link below.
Approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If your vaccine is not approved or you are not fully vaccinated and you are arriving from a country not on the red list, then you must have a Day 2 PCR and a Day 8 PCR test and quarantine at home for 10 days. Please go to Covid tests in the menu above and select Day 2 PCR and Day 8 PCR Package
For further information about the test please scroll down the page.
For information on testing for children, please visit this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Please do not eat/drink anything or chew gum at least 30 minutes before having your swab taken.
On very rare occasions, a person’s swab sample will not provide a valid result. In this instance we will contact you to attend for another test.
The tests we use
The tests are CE marked and approved by the Department of Health.
What if you test positive
Immediately isolate yourself to prevent spreading the virus. Make an appointment for an NHS PCR test. You can also contact the NHS on 111 to get advice on what to do next.
What your result document shows
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:
Approved vaccines and the list of countries and territories with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel to England.
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:
The optional Day 5 Test to Release is also available to come out of quarantine earlier.