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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.

Day 2 Lateral Flow Test - only £17

From 4am 9 January, Lateral Flow tests are accepted for Day 2 testing by fully vaccinated travellers. All fully vaccinated travellers must take a test on or before day 2 of their arrival to the UK.
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Register your kit online then follow the instructions on how to perform your swab (must be within 2 days of arriving in the UK).

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Latest Updates

Last updated 9 January 2022.

All travellers arriving into England following international travel are required by law to undertake post-travel Covid testing this includes a mandatory test on day 2 for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers arriving in the UK.

From 4am 9 January 2022, fully vaccinated travellers can use a Lateral Flow test on or before day 2 of arrival to the UK. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are still required to take Day 2 and 8 Tests.

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.

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Day 2 Lateral Flow Test FAQs

What is a Day 2 Lateral Flow Test?

The Day 2 Covid test is designed to keep you and your contacts safe after travelling to the UK. If you get a positive result from your day 2 test, you must self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day that the test was conducted. People you live with or have travelled with should also self-isolate for 10 days from the day after your positive Covid test.

Do I need to take a Day 2 test even if I’m fully vaccinated?

Day 2 tests are international travel is required for all travellers arriving in the UK regardless of vaccination status. Partially vaccinated or non-vaccinated travellers must take a mandatory day 2 and day 8 PCR test, although they can take an optional Day 5 "Test to Release" which - if negative - allows them to end their quarantine early.

Can my Day 2 test be a lateral flow test?

Yes. As of 9 January 2022, Lateral Flow Tests can be used by fully vaccinated travellers arriving to the UK to test for Coronavirus on or before day 2 of arrival.

How much is a Day 2 Lateral Flow test?

Our Day 2 Lateral Flow tests cost just £17. This includes free next-day delivery (if you order before 2pm, Monday-Friday).

When should I order my Day 2 Lateral Flow test?

We recommend ordering your Day 2 tests as soon as possible to guarantee that you reserve your test kit. Order a Day 2 Lateral Flow Test

When will my kits be delivered?

If you order your test kit before 2pm, it will be dispatched on the same day by Royal Mail. The expected delivery will be between 2-3 working days. Please place your order before travel to ensure your test kits arrive on time.

You can contact our dedicated Covid support team 24/7 via live chat if your delivery date needs to be changed.

What does my Day 2 Lateral Flow test kit include?

Your Day 2 Lateral Flow test kit will include instructions, a cotton swab, test liquid, and your lateral flow cassette.

How do I perform my sample?

You will perform your samples using a gentle and non-invasive swab. We will provide you with clear instructions on how to take your swab in your test kits.

What are the possible Day 2 Lateral Flow Test results?

Negative lateral flow test - You do not have any evidence of an active infection.

Positive lateral flow test - The Covid-19 virus has been detected on your swab.

Inconclusive/Needs Repeated - Very infrequently, your swab result will need to be repeated. This may occur due to poor sample taking techniques. If your result is inconclusive, we will offer you a replacement test.

What do I do if I test positive?

Anyone who receives a positive result from their lateral flow test will be required to self-isolate and to take a free PCR test to confirm the result.

Does the Day 2 Lateral Flow test include genomic sequencing?

No. Only PCR test results can be sequenced. All positive test results from day 2 Lateral Flow tests are reported to PHE and will be given a free follow up PCR test on the NHS. These PCR tests may then be sequenced to look for any potential new variants of Covid 19.

What happens if I don’t take a Day 2 test?

The Day 2 tests are mandatory for all arrivals entering the UK. Fully vaccinated travellers can take a Day 2 Lateral Flow Test. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must take Day 2 and Day 8 PCR Tests . You may face a penalty if you fail to test for Covid-19 on or before day 2 of your arrival. Please see the UK government guidance for more information.

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