Day 5 PCR test only (Test to Release)

Cost: Standard test: £89 Monday-Friday and Sunday – 11.40am till 5pm.
Fast track test: £99 Monday-Saturday – 8am till 11am only

From 4am Sunday 24th 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.

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.

If you choose the Fast Track Test option for Test to Release, then you will receive your results by midday the next day. This is priced at £99

If you choose the Standard Test option for Test to Release, then you will receive your results within 48 hours.  This is priced at £89

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 children to come out of quarantine earlier.

How it works

  1. We’ll send you a Patient ID number when you book your test. You’ll need this for your passenger locator form.

  2. Payment will be collected on arrival at our test site.

  3. Our swab practitioner will carry out the test while you remain comfortably seated in your car.

  4. If you are booked in for the Fast-Track service, your sample will be couriered to our partner laboratory at 11.20am and you will receive your results certificate in an email and text by midday the next day. (There is a small possibility that your sample may need a re-test at the laboratory and this can delay the results slightly).

  5. If you are booked in for the Standard service, your sample will be couriered to our partner laboratory at 5.20pm and you will receive your results certificate in an email and text by the end of the next day. (There is a small possibility that your sample may need a re-test at the laboratory and this can mean that the results will be sent the morning after).

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