How Day 2 and 8 Testing for International Arrivals Works
Before arriving in England, if you’ve come from an amber list country you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and have received a negative result in the 72 hours before you travel, and fill in a passenger locator form.
Before you arrive you must also book 2 tests, known as travel tests, for your arrival:
- one must take place on day 2 after you arrive, or sooner (the day arrive is day 0)
- another must take place on day 8 after you arrive, or later
Children aged under 5 do not have to take these tests.
After you arrive you’ll need to quarantine for 10 days at home or in the place you’re staying.
Ending your Quarantine Early (Opt in only)
You can take a test on your 5th full day of quarantine to see if you can stop quarantining early. This is known as the test to release scheme.
Screen4 already offer this service and further information can be found here https://screen4.org/covid19-test-to-release/
You still need to take a test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and on or after day 8 to check you do not have Covid19.
Variant surveillance helps the government check if new types of Covid19 are coming into the country.
Booking your travel test package:
Everyone must book a travel test package. Children 5+ also require the two tests.
You must take a covid19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and a test on day 8 to check that you do not have Covid19.
We offer two packages for the Day 2 and 8 Testing as below:
– Clinician Performed test – you attend one of our clinics across the UK and have the tests carried out for you
– Self-Test – you order your Day 2 and 8 test package online and carry out the tests in the comfort of your own home
*Both of the above options include x2 PCR tests, cost of shipping to you, analysis of your samples and any UK Government required Genetic Sequencing of Positive results.
Attending one of our Clinics
You can attend one of our clinics to have your test taken by a friendly professional. Please do not book or attend a clinician test if you are displaying symptoms of Covid19, please follow the UK Governments guidance which can be found here
When you arrive at the clinic on the day of your test you must bring along your passport and booking reference number. This will help the clinician locate your details.
Our friendly team will talk you through the test and carry this out for you. Our clinician will also provide you with your sample barcode number to allow you to enter this into your online results account. See our instructions guide for a step by step walk through of how to enter your sample barcode.
Your sample will then be sent to the laboratory directly from our clinic via our private courier for a speedy turnaround of results within 24-48 hours.
Creating your online results account
You should receive two emails after placing your order:
A. An order confirmation – this will be sent to you from covid19.
B. An invitation to create a secure online account – this is where you will receive your results. This will be sent to you from covidsupport.
Please ensure you check your spam/junk box as sometimes these emails may drop into there.
Step 1 – Receive your invitation via email from covidsupport
Step 2 – Create your account (make sure you make a note of your username and password)
Step 3 – Log in to your account and confirm your personal details.
Step 4 – When you attend your clinic appointment you will need to log in to your account and enter the sample barcode number into your online account.
Click here to see the instructions document for creating your account.