How does Test-to-Release work?
When you enter the UK, you might be able to end your 10-day quarantine early using the Test-to-Release scheme. Find out how it works on GOV.UK.
You cannot use the scheme if you are returning from a travel ban red list country. Please see the table below.
The Test-to-Release timeline
Day 0: Arrive in England
Follow the guidance if you are returning from a Green, Amber or Red country and if required, self-isolate as soon as you get home. Order your Day 2 and Day 8 Travel Test Package here or your Day 2 Test here.
Order your Test-to-Release kit here if you are returning from an Amber country, and don’t forget to use your order number on your Passenger Locator Form.
You will receive your test on your Day 5 after arrival in England.
Day 4: Test-to-Release kit dispatched
Your Test-to-Release kit will be dispatched today, ready for you to receive on your Day 5.
Continue to self-isolate.
Day 5: Take your test
Your Test-to-Release kit will arrive today.
Watch the how-to-test video before you get started – then take your test. Post it back using a Royal Mail Priority Postbox and continue to self-isolate.
IMPORTANT: You MUST activate your kit before you return it, and take note of the barcode and tracking number.
Day 6: Wait for results
We will process your sample within 24-48 hours from when our lab starts processing, and share the result by email as soon as they are ready.
You must continue to self-isolate until you get your results.
Day 8: Take your Day 8 test
Even if your Test-to-Release result test is negative, you will still need to take a your Day 8 Travel Test.
Guidelines change regularly – so please do contact us, we’re here to help.