PCR Test To Release from Quarantine for Travel UK
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): TEST TO RELEASE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
Test-To-Release is a UK Government scheme that allows international arrivals to stop self-isolating after just five days in quarantine.
Firstly, you need to complete a Passenger Locator Form to opt-in to the scheme. Arrivals can do this up to two days before landing in the UK. Secondly, you need to book an appointment for a Covid-19 PCR test.
Importantly, you must book your test at a UK Government-approved, UKAS, testing centre. The Guildhall Practice is an approved private test centre. Therefore, we can arrange for your Test-To-Release From Quarantine Certificate. You are allowed to leave quarantine to a have Covid-19 test. However, government advice is that you should avoid public transport if at all possible.
We offer Same-Day and Next-Day Covid-19 PCR test result options. Book your appointment online. Alternatively, please call the practice on 01214412626 and one of the team will be happy to help.
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PCR Test to Release FAQS
What are the current rules for international arrivals to the UK?
Firstly, you must have a valid Covid-19 test within the three days before your arrival.
Secondly, you must book a travel test package through the UK Government website.
This package includes tests on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine. These tests are compulsory, regardless of whether you are opting in for the Test-To-Release scheme.
What is Test To Release?
It’s the UK government test to release from quarantine scheme for international travellers. Allows International arrivals to stop self-isolating after just five days with a negative PCR Covid-19 test result.
Guildhall Practice is an approved private COVID-19 test centre. Therefore, we can sign your Test-To-Release From Quarantine.
How Does Test To Release Scheme Work?
International arrivals to the UK are currently required to quarantine for ten days. However, the UK government created the test to release scheme in December 2020. The scheme allows people who have travelled abroad to reduce their time in quarantine to five days. Firstly, you need to opt-in to the scheme by completing a passenger locator form to take this option. Secondly, you need to book your Covid-19 PCR test with an approved private test provider. The Guildhall Practice is a UKAS approved provider and is authorised to provide the test to release certificates. We offer same-day and next-day Covid-19 PCR results options. Finally, with a negative PCR test result, you will receive your test to release certificate. Importantly you will be able to stop self-isolating.
When can I complete the passenger locator form?
You can submit the form at any time within 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. It’s an online form.
Simply select The Guildhall Practice as your approved private Covid-19 testing centre for your PCR test.
When can I take the Test To Release Covid-19 PCR test?
The wording is often a little ambiguous. However, on the morning of your fifth full day since arriving in the UK, you can be tested. You don’t count the day you arrived in the UK.
For example, if you arrive in the UK on Monday afternoon, Tuesday is counted as your first day. Therefore, Saturday morning is the earliest that you can have your test.
With our same-day option, you would be free to stop self-isolating on Saturday evening. Otherwise, if you choose the next-day option, it will be on Sunday.
What should I do if I’m travelling with other people?
Every adult arriving in the UK must complete an individual Test-To-Release form.
However, you can add a child if they are under 18 years old, providing that they arrive with you and quarantine with you.
What information do I need to provide to opt into the scheme?
Your passport details
The details of the counties that you have travelled from, including dates and times
The booking reference number for your CoVid-19 PCR test at the guildhall practice
Finally, if required, the booking reference number for the hotel is where you are spending your quarantine.
Can I leave my house for my Covid-19 PCR test?
Yes, you can travel directly to one of our testing sites.
However, you should avoid public transport if at all possible.
What are the red list countries?
These are the countries from which the UK government has banned arrivals.
However, you can still return to the UK from one of these countries with certain conditions.
Firstly, you can return to the UK if you are a UK or Irish National.
Secondly, you can also arrive in the UK if you have residency rights in the UK.
Finally, you must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to take advantage of the Test To Release scheme.
The list changes frequently. However, you will find the details of the current rules on the UK Government website.
What happens if I test positive for Covid-19?
Unfortunately, if you test positive, you will need to quarantine for a further ten days.
Additionally, the people you are staying with will also have to self-isolate for ten days.
The laboratory will contact PHE and the NHS Track & Trace.
What if the test is inconclusive?
Unfortunately, if your covid-19 test is inconclusive, then you will need to continue self-isolating.
A member of our team will call you in the event of an inconclusive test result to discuss your options regarding re-testing.