Test to Release – New Government Program can cut Self-isolation in Half

Presently, when entering or returning to the UK, travellers must quarantine (self-isolate) for a minimum of 14 days. However, from the 15th December, a new scheme title ‘test to release’ will allow travellers to take a private test to release PCR test after five days. If the test is negative, they can leave quarantine immediately!

This is significant news as many people have been unable to travel as the two-week quarantine has been too prohibitive. For others, ending self-isolation a week early will allow them to return to work and their normal routine.

Breaking quarantine has the potential to be harmful to others and fines of over £6000 can be issued. With that in mind, many people will be relieved that there are now other options.

The news has also been welcomed by the travel and tourism industries who have seen a significant downturn since the pandemic began.

Travellers planning on utilising the scheme must opt-in to test to release on their passenger locator form here.

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What is in the kits?

The kits contain a sample collection swab and container, a pre-paid returns envelope, and instructions. Once you’ve taken a nose and throat sample you need to arrange for the sample to be taken to a priority post box.

How long until I receive my results?

The lab takes approximately 48 hours to process results (Monday – Saturday) after which you will receive your results via email.

Can the kit be purchased before my trip?

Yes, the kits can be purchased prior to travelling, or when you return.

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Where can the test to release kits be purchased?

You can buy the test to release PCR kits online here


If you’ve got any questions, our PCR testing phone lines are open 24/7.