Test to Release Quarantine PCR Test


After five days in quarantine, you can take a private ‘test to release’ PCR Test which, if negative, will release you from self-isolation (quarantine) before the full 10 days has passed.

  • Important Information

      Blood and Medical Services Limited (trading as VIVO Clinic) DHSC approved as a private COVID-19 test provider for the Test to Release Scheme for International Travel.

      • Test to release can only be used in England. Other countries in the UK cannot use the scheme.
      • The kits are sent to a government-approved laboratory for testing and we aim to send results within 12-24 hours of receiving your sample.
      • You must fill in the passenger locator form within 48 hours of your departure to the UK. You will need your test reference number which we will email to you after you checkout.
      • Arrivals who have been in or transited through South Africa in the 10 days prior to arrival cannot opt in to test to release.
      • If you test positive you must remain in isolation for an additional 10 days from when you took the test. If you would like further information on what you should do if you receive a positive result, you should visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or contact the NHS on 111.
  • What is Test to Release?

      Currently, arriving or returning to England from most countries requires that you self-isolate (quarantine) for a minimum of 10 days. Breaking quarantine can endanger the safety of others and lead to fines of up to £10,000

      From the 15th December, you can take a PCR test after 5 days of quarantine. If the result is negative, you may end your self-isolation.

  • How does it work?

      You buy one or more test kits from this page.

      You must opt-in to test to release on your passenger locator form here within 48 hours of your return flight.

      When the kit arrives, you take a nose and throat swab sample and return it to our lab in the pre-paid envelope provided.

      The government scheme allows you to leave your house to post back the sample without it being classed as violating lockdown.

      You must use a priority post box to return the sample. There are many priority post-boxes across the UK, and you can find your nearest one here.

      Once the lab has processed your sample your results will be emailed to you. If the results are negative, then you may end your quarantine.

  • How long do results take to process?

      Results are processed Monday-Saturday and we aim to send you your results within 12-24 hours of receiving your sample. This means you can potentially end self-isolation a week early. Please be advised there can be delays with receiving your result if your sample has to be rerun.

      Test to Release PCR

  • Can I leave the house to return my swab sample?

      “You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.” – From the Government website

  • Which countries require quarantine when arriving in the England?

  • How soon can I leave self-isolation?

      This infographic from Gov.uk demonstrates some sample scenarios:

      Quarantine PCR Chart

  • Is the test government approved

      Yes, our laboratories are on the government-approved list of private facilities authorised to conduct PCR tests for test to release purposes.

      BSI UKAS

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