Test to Release COVID testing for travellers
Shop now for a COVID-19 test to reduce your 10 day self-isolation period after international travel*.
Painless and safe for all the family, buy now for £95 and get results within 24-48 hours.
* As part of new government international travel entry requirements, you still need to take a day 2 and day 8 COVID test, please see below.
What are the new international travel entry requirements?
As of 15th February 2021, everyone allowed to enter England must:
1. Take a COVID test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel. 2. Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine and the travel test package booking reference number. 4. Quarantine for 10 days. 5. Book and pay for a travel test package*, via the .Gov website, including COVID tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine. 6. If you are arriving from a non-red list country, you are able to opt-in to Test to Release
to reduce you isolation period, however you must still take both day 2 and 8 tests.
* Please note, we do not supply the day 2 and day 8 tests. They can currently only be purchased directly from the Gov.uk website, via this link.
You should follow separate guidance if you’ve been in a country where travel to the UK is banned. These countries are sometimes called the ‘red list’. See the red list countries.
How does Test to Release work?
1. Follow the above guidelines for entry to England following international travel.
2. Order your Test to Release test, to be delivered on your Day 5 after you arrive home.
3. Start self-isolation as soon as you get home.
4. Take your Day 2 test, which can only be purchased from the Gov.uk website.
5. Receive your Test to Release test on Day 5 of self-isolation.
6. Post it in a Royal Mail Priority Postbox and get your results, within 24-48 hours from receipt at lab.
7. Please note, even if your test is negative, you will still need to take a test on Day 8, available from the Gov.uk website.
How long does it take to get COVID
Test to Release results?
Buy the MyHealthChecked Test to Release COVID test for £95
Government-approved, painless and safe for all the family – get out of self-isolation faster with MyHealthChecked.
Important – check your days to avoid delay.
MyHealthChecked offers a 24-48 hours results service from receipt at our lab. However, we suggest you carefully check what day of the week your ‘Day 5’ will fall on.
If your Day 5 is a Saturday, as our lab is closed on a Sunday, your results will not be ready until Monday (Day 7) at the earliest.
Alternatively, you can return your test by courier at your own cost or send a friend to deliver it if you are local to Manchester, where our lab is based.
Important Test to Release timelines
Please read our step-by-step guide below carefully to fully understand the Test to Release timings.
Test to Release FAQs
What is Test to Release?
TTR – also knowns as the Test to Release for International Travel scheme – is a way to reduce your self-isolation time when arriving back in England. If you choose to use it, you can take a private test (paid-for) from a Government-approved provider after 5 days of self isolation, and if it comes back negative, you can stop self-isolating.
As part of the scheme, you’ll also need to complete a Government Passenger Locator Form too.
How much does the test cost?
£95 – for a gentle, painless swab test with our Test to Release fast-track service. Postage is free and there are no hidden costs.
Is the test suitable for children?
Absolutely. MyHealthChecked tests are gentle and safe for all ages.
When will I receive my test?
You can order a test before you leave the UK, but MyHealthChecked can ONLY despatch the test on Day 4, ready for you to take on Day 5.
When can I take my test?
Test to Release has specific rules about when you can take a test. You can only take a test 5 days after you get home, this is because it takes time for the virus to incubate and show on a test.
How do I activate my Test to Release test?
You must purchase a Test to Release test kit, our other COVID tests won’t work for Test to Release.
We want to make sure your Test to Release is processed as quickly as possible, so you will need to ensure you select the correct option on the Activate your test page and retain the order number for activation.
How long will the process take?
You should get your result on Day 6 of self isolation. We’ve explained how it all works above.
You can only sample on Day 5 of self isolation – and will need to send your sample to our labs in Manchester. Test results are usually same-day from receipt of sample, but we guarantee results available within 24-48 hours from receipt at our lab.
How do I get my results?
We’ll send you an email to let you know when your results are ready – then you simply log into the secure section of this website.
Do you have a walk-in centre?
Unfortunately not. We are a DNA testing company rather than a medical facility. We’ve paused our normal activity to join the fight against COVID-19, and specialise highly accurate PCR tests.
Are you a Government Approved Test to Release provider?
Yes, of course. We are a Government-approved Test to Release partner – and you can learn more about Trust & Safety at MyHealthChecked here.
What countries are eligible for Test to Release?
The guidelines change regularly, so it’s best to check on the GOV.UK website TTR pages here.
I’m self-isolating in a hotel – can you send the test kit there?
That’s fine. We can send your test kit wherever you are self-isolating as long as it is a mainland UK address.
Am I allowed to post the test when I’m self-isolating – I thought I had to stay home?
You are allowed to leave the house to post your test. According to GOV.UK: “You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.”
Can’t I just use a normal MyHealthChecked PCR test?
Unfortunately not. Because of the special process – where we are only allowed to release your test kit on Day 4 of your self-isolation, ready for you to take on Day 5 – you cannot use a ‘regular’ test.
Do you do family packs for Test to Release?
Unfortunately not. Because of the special process, we can only release Test to Release tests as single units.
Do the swabs hurt?
No – they are gentle and painless. Find out more on the how to use your test page here.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
You’ll need to follow the regular self-isolation rules. There’s information on the GOV.UK test-to-release page here.
What happens if I am told to self-isolate by Track and Trace following a negative Test to Release test?
You’ll need to follow the regular self-isolation rules. There’s information on the GOV.UK Test to Release page here.