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Fully Vaccinated Travellers arriving after 0400h on Sunday 09/01/22 can use a Day 2 Lateral Flow Test instead of a PCR Test. Previously purchased Day 2 PCR Tests remain valid for use.

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Day 2 and 8 tests are mandatory PCR tests for all unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK. Medicspot offers a fast and reliable 2 and 8 Day Covid Test package for £150. See our FAQ section below for more information. Fully vaccinated travellers should take the Day 2 Lateral Flow test after arrival in the UK.

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Day 2 and 8 Tests - How it works

Order your tests online with free delivery and return labels

We'll send your Day 2 and 8 test kits via Royal Mail as soon as you place your order.

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Self-test at home, then send each swab sample to our lab using a pre-paid label and Royal Mail Priority Postbox.

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You’ll receive your test results and a doctor-signed certificate if you test negative for Covid-19.

Day 2 and 8 Test - Latest Updates

Last updated 7th January 2022.

All travellers arriving in England following international travel are required by law to take the post-travel Covid test. Starting from 4 October 2021, the rules for travel have changed and what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on your vaccination status.

If you have not been fully vaccinated under the UK, EU and USA programme, you must take the mandatory Day 2 and 8 Tests (PCR) and self-isolate for 10 days. If you wish to end the self-isolation period early, you may take the (optional) Test to Release on day 5. If you are fully vaccinated you should take the Day 2 Lateral Flow test instead.

These rules apply to England only. We recommend you to check the government website regularly. If you're travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please refer to the official government website as you’ll need to follow separate guidelines.

You can find all the information you need about choosing the right tests for your travels, booking your tests and when to take your tests using our updated travel planner. Any future changes to travel tests rules will be reflected on our website as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government.

Day 2 and 8 Covid Test FAQ's

What are the Day 2 and 8 Tests?

The day 2 Covid test is designed to keep you and your contacts safe after travelling to the UK. Everyone entering England from abroad must take one or more Covid tests, depending on their vaccination status. If you are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or vaccinated with a programme outside of the UK, Europe or USA programme, you must take the mandatory day 2 and 8 PCR tests.

If your day 2 test is negative, you are still required to continue isolating and take your day 8 test. If your test is positive, it is mandatory for you to continue isolating for another 10 days from the day after your test date. People you live with or have travelled with should also self-isolate for 10 days after your positive test.

If you have self-isolated for 10 days and had negative test results for both day 2 and 8 tests, you may end your self-isolating period.

Do I need to take the day 2 and day 8 tests if I’m fully vaccinated?

No. If you are arriving to the UK and are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme or an approved overseas vaccination programme you are only required to take a day 2 Lateral Flow (antigen) test.

Can I use the day 2 and 8 tests after I arrive from a red-list country?

If you arrive in the UK from any country that is on the red list, you cannot use our day 2 and 8 tests. You must book a quarantine hotel that includes 2 Covid tests, following the government rule.

How do I book a day 2 and 8 test package?

Medicspot is a government-listed supplier of day 2 and 8 testing packages for international arrivals. You can easily book your tests online for home delivery by Royal Mail (If you book by 2 pm Monday - Friday, your test kits will be dispatched on the same day).

How much is a day 2 and 8 covid test package?

Our day 2 and 8 test packages cost just £150. This includes a free delivery, a doctor-signed certificate and a free returns label to send your swab to our laboratories.

What will my test kit include?

Your private test kit will include instructions, a cotton swab, sample tube, clear sealable bag and a return box with a security label.

Does day 2 and day 8 testing include genomic sequencing?

There is a requirement by the UK government to conduct genomic sequencing on all positive test results from day 2 tests. This is a very expensive process that increases the overall cost of the testing package.

Can I use the free NHS tests for my day 2 and 8 tests?

The free NHS tests are not eligible for day 2 and 8 testing; these tests must be purchased from a government-approved provider such as Medicspot.

Can I get my day 2 and 8 test kits early?

You can order your day 2 test on or before day 2 but you can only receive your day 8 test on or after day 8. You can’t be in physical possession of your day 8 test before day 8 of your arrival in the UK.

When can I leave quarantine?

When you arrive in England you must go directly to your quarantine location and not leave until 10 days have passed. You can only leave quarantine once you have both received a negative day 2 and day 8 test result and passed the 10 day quarantine period. Please see further information on the government website.

Can I still use Test to Release to leave quarantine early?

Test to Release tests can be used by unvaccinated travellers to the UK to end their quarantine early. These tests must be taken on or after day 5 of your arrival in the country. If you test negative for coronavirus on day 5 you will be able to leave quarantine, however, you are still required to take the additional test on day 8.

Can I leave quarantine early if my day 8 test is negative?

No, you must stay in quarantine until day 10 even if your day 8 test is negative.

Can I leave quarantine after day 10 if I haven’t received my day 8 results?

No, you must receive a negative day 8 test and complete your 10-day quarantine before leaving self-isolation.

What happens if I provide incorrect information or don’t quarantine?

You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time and up to £10,000 for further breaches. The government website provides additional information on this.

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