Want to reduce your quarantine? Buy an optional Test-to-Release kit.
For some travellers, it’s possible to end quarantine up to 4 days early using the Test-to-Release scheme. To do this, you’ll need to take an additional test on Day 5.
If you get a negative result on Day 2 and Day 5, you can end self-isolation. Find out more about rules and eligibility on the Test-to-Release page.
You are not able to use the Test-to-Release scheme if travelling from a red list country.
The Test-to-Release timeline
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 of receipt at our lab, 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 government-package test.
Guidelines change regularly – so please do contact us, we’re here to help.