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Find out all the tests you need for travel.
We’ll send your Test to Release test kit via Royal Mail as soon as you place your order.
Self-test at home, then send each swab sample to our lab using a pre-paid label.
You’ll receive your test result after our lab receives your sample, complete with a doctor-signed certificate.
As of 4am 11th February 2022, new government regulations for Covid tests for travel to England will take place:
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.
Test to Release is an initiative for travellers entering England who are not recognised as being fully vaccinated with an authorised UK vaccination programme. These travellers need to self-isolate for ten days on arrival but can end their self-isolation period early if they book and pay for a private Covid-19 test. This test needs to be taken on Day 5, alongside the mandatory day 2 and day 8 tests. If the test confirms a negative test result, travellers may end the self-isolation period.
Once you have bought a private COVID-19 test from a private provider such as Medicspot, the Test to Release needs to be taken on Day 5 of your arrival. If the test confirms a negative test result, travellers may end the self-isolation period early. Please note that if you choose Test to Release, you must still book and take your compulsory tests depending on your vaccination status.
Test to Release is available to asymptomatic passengers who are not fully vaccinated, arriving in England by plane, ferry or train. The Test to Release Service is suitable for adults and children, and it’s not suitable for anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19. The government advises anyone showing coronavirus symptoms to take a PCR Covid-19 test immediately.
No, Test to Release is only applicable to people living in England. The Test to Release scheme is not suitable if you arrive in England from abroad and travel to your home in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, and you will need to follow the guidance in those countries.
You can order your Test to Release online from government-listed private providers such as Medicspot.
You can conveniently buy Test to Release kits online from companies like Medicspot who deliver the kit to your doorstep.
A Test to Release test is a COVID-19 PCR test, and the process for taking it is the same as a PCR test. It involves inserting a thin, flexible stick with a cotton tip into your tonsil and nostrils to sample any potential fragments of viruses. Follow the instructions by rotating the swab several times before withdrawing it and sealing it in a tube. You will then need to send the sample to a lab for analysis. See the infographic below for a step by step visual on how to perform the Test to Release.
No, you can only take your Test to Release test on or after the fifth day after you have landed in England.
Yes, you are permitted to travel to a Covid-19 testing facility as part of Test to Release if you live in England and it has been five or more days since you arrived. You may find it more convenient to have your Day 5 Test to Release kit delivered to your doorstep as you are advised not to use public transport to travel to a Covid-19 test centre.
At Medicspot, we provide cheap and reliable PCR testing for just £75, including a free Royal Mail returns label and a free doctor-signed certificate.
Yes, you must continue to self-isolate until you have received a negative test result.
If you have not had symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for ten days from your test date. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for ten days from the day your symptoms started, if earlier than when you took your test.
People you live with or are travelling with should also self-isolate for ten days from the day you took a test. NHS Test and Trace may contact you to check that you, and those who you live or are travelling with, are self-isolating. You must not travel, including to leave the UK, during self-isolation. Contact 111 if you need medical help. In an emergency, dial 999.
If you receive a negative Covid-19 test result in the Test to Release programme, you may stop self-isolating.
You should self-isolate if:
For advice on when you might need to self-isolate and what to do, read ‘Self-isolation and treating symptoms’ on the NHS website.
It’s a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are not fully vaccinated and arriving in the UK from the rest of the world. If you are contacted by the enforcement authorities or the police after you have received this negative test result, please show them your negative Day 5 result.
You must, by law, continue self-isolating for the remainder of your self-isolation period as an international arrival travelling to the UK if you are not fully vaccinated. The NHS Test and Trace may contact you to check that you are self-isolating. If you want to shorten your self-isolation period, you will need to take another test like those provided by Medicspot.
Including China, Thailand, Cyprus, Dubai, South Africa, India, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Spain, Greece and Germany.
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Medicspot is a government-listed Test to Release provider