You will need to take this test if you’re arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a Green country (and haven’t travelled via an Amber or Red country).
Also, from 4am, Monday 19 July, if you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with an NHS vaccine and you arrive back from an Amber country, you will not need to quarantine on arrival in England and will only require a day 2 test. Children aged 5 to 18 will need to have the Day 2 test. Children aged 4 and under are exempt from any testing.
The exception to the above rules are arrivals from FRANCE. Even if you have been fully vaccinated, 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. Please click here if you require a Day 2 and Day 8 test
You are legally required to take the PCR test on or before Day 2. The day you arrive is treated as Day 0. You can book an appointment for Day 0, Day 1 or Day 2.
If you are not fully vaccinated and you have arrived into England from an Amber country, you will need to quarantine for 10 days and take the government mandatory Day 2 and Day 8 tests. There is also the optional Day 5 (Test to Release) which means you can leave quarantine early once you have received a negative result. Please click here if you require a Day 2 and Day 8 test
We’ll send you a Patient ID number when you book your test. You’ll need this for your passenger locator form.
You’ll need to pay online while booking your test.
On the day of the test you will attend our private drive through test site (we don’t post the test to you to carry out yourself).
Our swab practitioner will carry out the test while you remain safely seated in your car.
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)
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.
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 sample 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 are provided by AlphaBiolabs and approved by the Department of Health.
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