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Test to Release RT PCR tests


Test to Release RT PCR tests

Day 5 Test to release (optional) - £165 - Results by EPISTEM LTD
Our pharmacy is partnered with EPISTEM LTD, a DHSC (Dept of Health and Social Care) approved laboratory to provide RT-PCR Covid-19 throat and nasal swab Testing for travel and for the Test to Release scheme launched earlier this year. International travellers can reduce their 14 day self isolation period by up to two thirds on the receipt of a negative Covid-19 test AFTER completing 5 days (120 hours) of isolation. 
Results within 24-48 hours of receipt at the laboratory. 



Day 5 Test to Release (Optional test ) - £165 - Results by EPISTEM LTD

We also offer Day 2 and Day 8 Mandatory Tests for £220, results provided by RIGHTANGLED, our partner lab.

Day 2, Day 5  and Day 8 tests package Reduced price from £385 to £360. Results provided by RIGHTANGLED.

All 4 tests Reduced from £550 to £500. Results provided by RIGHTANGLED and EPISTEM LTD

You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

You must quarantine on arrival in England. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England.

This is in addition to the tests that everyone must take on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine period.


You arrive in England on Monday. Tuesday will be your first full day of quarantine. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England - Saturday. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.

If you test negative

If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.You still need to take the coronavirus test on or after day 8.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.

People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop quarantine early.

You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.

Further information on 

It is NON REFUNDABLE – so if the transit for your test has taken longer or there is an issue at the test centre, as we are independent of both entities, we cannot be liable for any late results.

Government confirms traffic light list ahead of cautious return to international travel:

The 12 countries and territories on the green list are:

  • Portugal
  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Iceland
  • Gibraltar
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha and Ascension Island

Travellers will need to:

  • Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination before returning home - this can be a lateral flow or PCR test
  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destination
  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England

There will be no need to quarantine when back home, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive.

Amber countries

People should not be travelling to amber countries for leisure.

Travellers must:

  • Take a private Covid test before returning to England
  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before heading home
  • Self-isolate at home for 10 days
  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eight

They could end self-isolation early by taking an optional PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme.