Test to Release and Reduce Your Quarantine

UK Government listed Test to Release COVID-19 PCR tests from £79

  • Available to travellers arriving in England from 'amber countries'
  • At home test kits and local testing pods available
  • Gold standard, highest accuracy PCR test
  • Results in 24hrs after receipt at the laboratory
  • Regulated by the Care Quality Commission
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What is Test to Release?


On the 17th May, the UK Government's traffic light system launched with foreign countries rated as red, amber, or green for Covid-19 and these colours determine the rules travellers must follow when entering England from abroad. The Test to Release scheme is for international travellers arriving in England from 'amber countries'. Under the scheme, travellers can choose to complete an additional private PCR Covid-19 test on day 5 of their mandatory 10 day quarantine. If the result is negative, self-isolation ends early.

Travellers are also required to complete the mandatory amber day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests during quarantine. Even if the Test to Release result is negative and you are released from quarantine, you still need to take a test on day 8 to check that you do not have coronavirus.

UK Government Approved

The Test to Release scheme is only applicable to private Covid providers in the UK who meet the UK Government’s minimum standards. We were one of the first 10 approved Test to Release providers since the scheme launched on 15th December 2020 and have conducted over 10,000 Test to Release home PCR Covid tests.

Test to Release Tests and Services

At-Home Test

A self-swab home COVID-19 test kit will be sent to your quarantine address

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Visit a Test Pod

Visit one of our pop-up locations across England to do your guided self-collection COVID-19 test

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How Does Project Screen COVID-19 Testing Work?

Order an at home COVID-19 test kit or book a test pod appointment

Test on day 5 of quarantine, etiher at home or at one of our pop-up test pods

Your results will be provided online within 24 hours of receiving your sample at our lab

If your result is negative, end your quarantine early

Home COVID-19 Test Kit

Order an at home, self-swab PCR Covid test to your self-isolation address. Perform the test on day 5 of quarantine. End your quarantine early if your results are negative.

  • Receive a complete CE marked home test kit
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Simple, pain free self-swab PCR test
  • Multiple return options to our UK-based laboratory (free Royal Mail Tracked 24 return envelope included)
  • Results online within 24hrs of receipt of samples at laboratory
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Visit a Local COVID-19 Testing Pod

Book a time slot at one of our pop-up sites across England to test on day 5 of your self-isolation. End your quarantine early if results are negative.

  • Local Test Pods at multiple locations across England
  • Up to 190 appointments available per day at each pop-up location
  • Simple, pain-free, observed self-collection PCR test
  • Walk in tests at clean, contact-free locations operated by trained technicians
  • Samples are couriered daily to our UK-based laboratory
  • Results online within 24 hours of sample at the laboratory
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Compare Test to Release Options

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Test Pod

Listed on the UK Government website Yes Yes
Test to Release approved Yes Yes
RT-PCR COVID-19 test Yes Yes
Results within 24hrs of receipt at lab Yes Yes
Same day testing
(*subject to availability)
No Yes *
Test location Home Local pop-up Test Pod
Sample collection method Self-swab Observed self-collection
Sample return method Free Royal Mail envelope Daily courier, organised by us



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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Test to Release?

The Test to Release for International Travel scheme allows travellers arriving in England to choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test to find out if they can reduce their quarantine period after international travel. Travellers must take the Test to Release test no earlier than day 5 of quarantine. If the result is negative, quarantine ends early.

For more information, please visit the UK Government's website.


Which countries are eligible for Test to Release?

Travellers arriving from countries not on the 'travel ban red list' are able to use the Test to Release for International Travel scheme.

For more information, please visit the UK Government's website.


What type of testing is used for Test to Release?

Our Test to Release services utilise RT-PCR tests which are recognised as the global, gold-standard COVID-19 testing method, to detect viral RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus. This is the same test that Prenetics use for the Premier League, England and Wales Cricket Board, as well as many other businesses.


What are the testing options for Test to Release?

Travellers have the option of ordering either our Test to Release at home COVID-19 kit or booking a Test to Release test at one of our pop-up Testing Pods in England.


Is Test to Release the same as the Amber Arrival Tests?

No. The Amber Arrival day 2 & 8 tests are mandatory. Test to Release is an optional additional test.

Everyone arriving in England from amber list countries must take 2 PCR coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining.

If you're planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take the tests on day 2 and on day 8. Even if you get a negative result from your day 2 and day 5 (Test to Release) and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.


When should I do my Test to Release test?

You cannot take your Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days.

For example, you arrive in England on Monday. Tuesday will be your first full day of quarantine. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England - Saturday. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.


How long does it take to receive the results?

Within 24 hours of us receiving your swab at our UK-based laboratory, your sample will be analysed, and your results will be delivered securely online.

You will be notified by email when your results are ready.


What happens if my result is positive?

If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.

People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.


I'm not travelling, can I still order a Project Screen COVID-19 test?

Yes, of course. We have our Health Check COVID-19 test that will confirm whether or not you are currently infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). There is a huge amount of reasons why people wish to discover their current COVID-19 status - whether you need to test for work, to provide care, or simply for reassurance.

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