Book Day 5 Test to Release at a COVID-19 Testing Pod Near You

UK Government listed COVID-19 PCR tests from £79

  • Add-on day 5 arrival test to reduce mandatory quarantine period after international travel from an 'amber country'
  • Suitable for travellers who do not qualify under the fully vaccinated travel rules
  • +190 appointments per day at 25+ UK pop-up locations
  • Samples couriered daily, results within 24 hours of receipt at laboratory - what does this mean?

Test to Release COVID-19 Test Pod £79

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Day 5 Test to Release COVID-19 Tests at Our Pop-Up Sites

This PCR test is perfect for travellers arriving into England from 'amber countries' who do not qualify for the 'fully vaccinated' exemptions. Under the Test to Release scheme, travellers can choose to complete this additional PCR Covid-19 test on Day 5 of their mandatory 10 day quarantine. If the result is negative, self-isolation ends early.

This Day 5 test does not replace the mandatory arrival tests that travellers are required to complete on Day 2 and 8 after arriving in England. Please ensure you are following the UK Government's Guidelines and book the necessary arrival tests.

Book one of over 190 time slots online and simply present your QR code on the day of your test. Our team will provide everything you need for your test, guide you through your observed self-collection, and will organise your sample to be couriered to our laboratory. Results are delivered online within 24 hours of the laboratory receiving your sample. Any positive results will be genetically seqeuenced for variant surveillance.


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How it Works


Find your nearest pop-up Test Pod and select a suitable date and time for your test


Arrive for your test and receive everything you need to conduct your observed self-collection sample


Your results will be provided online within 24 hours of us receiving your sample at our lab via the daily courier service


If your results are negative, your quarantine ends early

What is Test to Release?


Simple, pain-free RT-PCR COVID-19 test

Book a self-collection PCR test at your local test site:

  • Our COVID-19 test is of gold-standard accuracy
  • We will provide everything you need to conduct your observed self-collection simply, pain-free, and quickly in around 30 seconds
  • The test is a swab-based sample collection method that collects cells from the back of the throat and the nose
  • The RT-PCR test will help diagnose whether you are infected SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Samples are analysed at our UK-based laboratory

Fast COVID-19 Results Delivered Wherever You Are

  • Within 24 hours of us receiving your swab at our 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.
  • Results include your ‘Test to Release’ certificate.

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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 from amber list countries to choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test to find out if they can reduce their 10 day quarantine period. 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.


When should I book my test?

You cannot take a Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days. You should book your Test to Release test slot for day 5 of your quarantine.

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 - therefore you should book a test for the Saturday. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.


Can I walk up for a test without a booking?

We strongly recommend that you book a test slot before visitng one of our Testing Pods. We cannot quarantee that there will be time slot available for you. However, if you haven't booked a test ahead of time and you visit one of our Testing Pods, one of our team members will direct you to the online booking system where you can check the availabilty. If there is space, you will need to create your account, submit all of the personal details required, and purchase your test. Following your booking, our team will activate your sample and provide you with everything you need to perform your self-collection sample.


Where are the Testing Pods located in the UK and what are the opening times?

Currently, we are fully operational at these locations: Bracknell, Bristol, Cambridge, Chester, Dartford, Edinburgh, Guildford, Heathrow, Leeds, Leicester, Livingston, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Reading, Slough, Solihull, Southend Airport, St Albans, Sunderland, Swindon, Whiteley.

Learn more about our Test Pod locations here.


What is an observed self-collection?

There are trained team members at each of our pop-up locations, who will guide you through taking your swab, by providing step-by-step verbal tips, for a hassle-free sample collection. As our Testing Pods are contact-free locations, our team members will not perform the COVID-19 test for you.


How does my sample get to the laboratory?

Our team will take care of arranging for your sample to be couriered to our UK-based laboratory. We organise daily couriers from each of our Testing Pods so you don't need to worry about posting your completed sample.


What is the turnaround time for 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.


Can I end my quarantine as soon as I've taken the test?

No, you must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.


Is this a walk-in or drive-thru test?

All of our locations are walk-in Testing Pods. You do not require a car to book at one of our COVID-19 test sites. All of our Testing Pods have car parks for you to park in if you drive to the location.


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.

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