Test to Release RT PCR tests
Test to Release PCR Day 5 Optional Home test £99 (WAS originally £165)
Our pharmacy is partnered with EPISTEM LTD and Rightangled, a DHSC (Dept of Health and Social Care) approved laboratory providers, to provide RT-PCR Covid-19 throat and nasal swab Testing for travel and for the Test to Release scheme launched earlier this year. International travellers can reduce their 14 day self isolation period by up to two thirds on the receipt of a negative Covid-19 test AFTER completing 5 days (120 hours) of isolation.
Results within 24-48 hours of receipt at the laboratory.
We also offer Day 2 and Day 8 Mandatory PCR tests £190 (WAS originally £300).
Day 2, 5 and 8 Home tests £285 (WAS originally £450).
PCR Outbound test + Day 2 and Day 8 tests £285 (WAS originally £465)
PCR Outbound test, Day 2, 5, 8 tests £380 (WAS originally £630)
Please note that all tests come with TRACK 24 envelopes and Postage is prepaid. Test results will be issued between 24-48 hours after receipt at the laboratory. NO REFUNDS will be issued if the test reaches the laboratory late or results issued later than expected time. Test results issued on time are dependent on the sample getting there on time to the laboratory and if the sample needs to be re-assessed. Both can delay results and the pharmacy will not be liable for any delays. ALL information is on the website.
In house testing is recommended if you need further explanation of the tests, need the sampling to be supervised and couriered off. This must be done by 12 Noon daily for the laboratory to receive a test sample for the next day to process.
You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
You must quarantine on arrival in England. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England.
This is in addition to the tests that everyone must take on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine period.
You arrive in England on Monday. Tuesday will be your first full day of quarantine. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England - Saturday. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.
If you test negative
If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.You still need to take the coronavirus test on or after day 8.
If you test positive for COVID-19
If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.
People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.
If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop quarantine early.
You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.
Further information on
It is NON REFUNDABLE – so if the transit for your test has taken longer or there is an issue at the test centre, as we are independent of both entities, we cannot be liable for any late results.
Red, amber and green list rules for entering England
The countries and territories on the green list are listed here.
Travellers will need to:
- Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination before returning home - this can be a lateral flow or PCR test
- Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destination
- Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England
There will be no need to quarantine when back home, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive.
They could end self-isolation early by taking an optional PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme.
- from 19 July, arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days), or are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from amber list countries will no longer need to quarantine – passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel
- pre-departure testing and day 2 testing measures to remain
- children under the age of 18 to be exempt from quarantine on returning to England from amber countries.