Accredited private provider Test to Release Covid test
RETURNING FROM AMBER LIST COUNTRIES
As part of the Government Mandatory requirements for international travellers, you must book, pay for and take two COVID PCR tests during your mandatory 10-day quarantine period after arriving in England.
You may be able to end self-isolation early through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme if you pay for a private coronavirus (COVID-19) test. The earliest that you can take a test is 5 days after you arrive in England. For example, if you arrive on a Monday, you can take a test from the following Saturday. So, take a test on Day5 after you arrive in England, get the result on Day6 and provided the result is showing a negative test result which means that the sample taken did not contain detectable SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA, you will be able to end your self-isolation on Day6.
If you choose Test to Release, you must still book and take your 2 compulsory travel tests. You still need to take the compulsory test on or after day 8.
The home self testing swab involves the swabbing of the tonsils and with the same cotton bud, you do a nasal swab as far as is comfortable. Instructions leaflet will come with the test kit.
Dispatching your sample for analysis:
Once the sample is taken, carefully package the kit per instructions provided, seal the box and post using the postage prepaid polylope. You will received the result for the tests in the evening of the day that the sample has been delivered to the lab.
Type of Lab test undertaken:
Nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)
PCR testing method:
Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR (RT-PCR) which is a test that targets the nucleocapsid gene (assay N1) and the envelope gene (assay E) of SARS-CoV-2. We work in close partnership with an ISO 17025 compliant, Salient Bio Labs.