Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for International Travel Arrivals

The Test to Release test scheme reduces your quarantine period by getting tested for COVID-19 on the fifth day of arriving in England on receipt of a negative test result. Passengers arriving in England have the option to shorten the quarantine period by up to half on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.

Our Home to Lab Test to Release Testing Service is a convenient way to get a nose and throat swab PCR test to check for a current COVID-19 infection.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining after international travel from a country not on the UK travel red list in England only. If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantine for 10 days as per government guidance.

Please note, this service does NOT cover day two and day eight testing, which is mandatory for all passengers arriving in the UK following international travel.

Our In-store COVID-19 Testing Services and at home COVID-19 test kits are not suitable for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19. Please don’t book an appointment or come into store if you, anyone in your household or support bubble, have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been told to self-isolate after contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, stay at home and follow the latest government guidance.

To arrange a Test to Release test, you can either call our customer service number on 0330 133 3856 or click on book online select Day 5 test to release, select the service required , we currently offer a Postal Service, Local Agent to Lab Service and a Home to Lab Service. Once you have selected the appropriate service for yourself select date and time ensuring these are correct please see chart below, fill in the booking form,

After your appointment, your swab will be sent to a laboratory for PCR testing. Typically, the next day after your test, you will get an email to let you know your results are ready to view. If your result is negative, you will be able to download your result certificate and will no longer need to quarantine.

Who is this service suitable for?

Available as an option to asymptomatic passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train, who have been in a ‘non-exempt’ location in the past 10 days.

Please note, this service is not available if you have been in a travel ban red list country in the last 10 days before you arrived in England.

The Test to Release Testing Service is suitable for adults and children five years of age and over. It’s not suitable for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a free NHS PCR COVID-19 test.
 

When should I book my appointment for the Test to Release Service?

Book your Test to Release appointment for five full days after you arrive in England. Please note, the day of arrival is considered day zero, and therefore your Test to Release appointment should be booked five full days after your arrival in England. As an example, if you arrive in the country on Monday, you are eligible to book a Test to Release appointment on Saturday and no earlier than that.

Arrival day

Book your Test to Release appointment on/after the following

ARRIVAL:   Monday

TEST:         Saturday

ARRIVAL:   Tuesday

TEST:          Sunday

ARRIVAL:   Wednesday

TEST:          Monday

ARRIVAL:   Thursday

TEST:          Tuesday

ARRIVAL:   Friday

TEST:          Wednesday

ARRIVAL:   Saturday

TEST:          Thursday

ARRIVAL:   Sunday

TEST:          Friday

You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt in to the scheme on the passenger locator form. After your booking, you will be provided with a booking reference number along with a booking confirmation. You will be asked to enter the details of your test in the passenger locator form. You must do this to take part in the scheme.

If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.

You will receive your results by midday the next day after taking your test. Passengers can stop quarantining only after receiving a negative result certificate. If your result is positive, you must continue to quarantine for another 10 days and follow the government guidance.

Please note, passengers may only proceed to take a Test to Release test following a negative day two test. Following a negative Test to Release test, passengers must take a day eight test. Both day two and day eight tests are mandatory for all passengers arriving in the UK from international travel.

From 15 February, all travellers who in the 10 days prior to their arrival have been in a country with a travel ban to the UK will be required to quarantine in government-managed facilities. All international arrivals will be required to take a mandatory coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine period. International arrivals who have been in a ‘red list’ country in the 10 days prior to their arrival may not opt-in to Test to Release. The Test to Release scheme will remain available to international arrivals who have only been in non-red-list countries in the 10 days prior to their arrival.

Guidance for arrivals from ‘red list’ countries

Guidance for arrivals from non ‘red list’ countries

If you are unsure or require support please phone us: 0330 133 3856(local rate) or email customerservice@fit2fly247.co.uk

The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.

Under the scheme you pay for a private COVID-19 test through Circular1 Health. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list. (View up-to-date list here).

The scheme applies to those self-isolating in England only. If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate until 10 full days have passed since were last in a place not on the travel corridors list.

To take part in the scheme you need to:

  • Book a test with Fit2Fly247, choose to opt into the scheme on the Passenger Locator Form (button below)

  • You will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form.

  • You must do this to take part in the scheme.

  • You should book your test before you travel to England.

  • This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.

  • If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.

To complete the Passenger Locator Form you need:

  • Your passport details your travel details,

  • Including times and dates the address where you will stay in the UK (if applicable)

  • Your booking reference number* and the name of the test provider Fit2Fly247-Circular1 Health,

  • If you’re using Test to Release to find out if you can end self-isolation early

*Circular1 use your Date of Birth, i.e. if your date of birth is 12th February 1980, your booking reference number = 12021980

You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.

You can include multiple journeys in your form if you’ll enter the UK more than once in a 48-hour period.

The Passenger Locator Form element is a free service.

After you complete the form you will receive a QR code via email.

You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion.

You may be fined if you have not completed the form by the time you reach the UK border. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you’re either British or a UK resident).

Passenger Locator Form

Travel corridors and exempt jobs

The Test to Release scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.

You don’t need to self-isolate if:

  • You have only been in the UK or somewhere on the travel corridor list in the past 10 days your job is listed as being exempt from the requirement to self-isolate

  • You can also opt-in to the Test to Release scheme if you have a qualified exemption and are only allowed to leave self-isolation for some, work-related activities. For example, seasonal agricultural workers.

Buy Test to Release COVID-19 Test and Certificate

Fit2Fly247 Health Scheme Guidelines

  • As a Home to lab service we run seven days a week with new cities joining our network all the time

  • As a postal service, you can only return your swab Monday to Friday

  • We rely on Royal Mail, we can offer no guarantee for timing

  • This service is for individuals who order their swab kit well in advance of their “swab date”

  • Our Customer Service Team operate 7 days a week, please phone or email to discuss your requirements

Scheme rules

  • If you have been somewhere that is not on the travel corridor list in the last 10 days, you must self-isolate when you arrive in England.

  • The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you were last in a place that is not on the travel corridor list.

  • For most international arrivals this will be on your 5th full day of self-isolation.

Example 1

You leave a country not on the travel corridor list on Monday morning and arrive in England on Monday afternoon. Tuesday will be your first full day of self-isolation. You can take a test no earlier than your 5th full day of self-isolation – Saturday. You must continue to self-isolate while you await your test result.

Example 2

You are in a country that is not on the travel corridor list – a ‘non-exempt’ country. You leave the non-exempt country and you spend 2 full days in a country that is on the travel corridor list – an ‘exempt country’. You then travel to England.

The earliest you can take a test is on your 3rd full day of self-isolation in England. This is because you have already spent 2 full days in an ‘exempt country’, making a total of 5 full days.

If you test negative

If the test result is negative you can stop self-isolating as soon as you receive the result.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If the test is positive you need to self-isolate for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day 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 self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

If your test is inconclusive

If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to self-isolate. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop self-isolating early.

You may be fined if you do not self-isolate.

The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.