COVID-19 Tests For Day 2 & Day 8
About Day 2 and 8 Testing
About Day 2 and 8 Testing
What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.
Countries and territories will be designated as either Red, Amber or Green. Visit the government website to find out more or choose from one of our tests below. Find out more about booking your test in the information below.
In Clinic Testing or Home Testing Kits
If you’re travelling to England from abroad, you may need to undergo day 2, or day 2 and 8 COVID-19 testing upon your return. We offer in clinic tests or you can order home test kits with easy to follow instructions and postage included to the lab.
Red list countries and territories
If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England you must book a quarantine hotel package and Covid-19 tests through www.gov.uk.
Amber list countries and territories
All international arrivals to England arriving from an AMBER country must quarantine for 10 days, unless they have a job that qualifies for an exemption.
When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you’re staying and not leave until 10 days have passed. The quarantine period starts the day you arrive in England and ends 10 days after the day you arrived.
All international arrivals in quarantine are required to take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance, and a test on or after day 8 (of their quarantine periods).
Your Private Health can provide tests for day 2 and day 8 testing for international arrivals travelling from AMBER countries.
Our tests meet the minimum government standards and Your Private Health is an approved provider.
International arrivals who have arrived from AMBER countries will still be able to opt in to Test to Release for international travel to shorten their quarantine period. Please see Test to Release page.
If your day 2 and day 5 (Test to Release) test results are negative, you can end your quarantine period early. However, you still need to take the second Travel Testing Package test on or after day 8.
From 4am Monday 19 July you will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 COVID-19 test, as long as you:
- have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme
- have not been in a red list country or France in the 10 days before you arrive in England
Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England. The day you have your final dose of the vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days.
You will still need to book a day 2 test to take when you arrive in England.
You will need to:
- declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form
- show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel
Read about how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Children under the age of 18, who are returning to the UK, and people taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials will also be exempt from requirements to quarantine and take the day 8 test.
Green list countries and territories
From 17th May, 2021, certain countries will be designated as Green. You must only have been in or travelled through a green list country or the Common Travel Area (travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) in the previous 10 days.
On arrival in England, you must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive. If the result is negative, you do not need to quarantine.
You can book this test at our clinic in Wilmslow and complete your passage locator form before you travel back.
What about transit stops through countries?
When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.
A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.
The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if new passengers get on and are able to mix with you, you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again.
Making a transit stop would not affect what you have to do on arrival in England if, during the stop no new passengers get on, no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside or passengers get off but do not get back on.
If you are travelling to England in a private vehicle, the rules of the countries and territories you drive through apply whether you stop in the country or territory or not. You need to record the countries and territories you drive through on your passenger locator form.
Booking your day 2 and 8 travel test package
There are two options for your Day 2 and 8 Tests.
You can attend our Wilmslow Clinic where a Healthcare professional will take the swab. You are allowed to travel from your quarantine address straight to our Wilmslow Clinic for testing purposes.
Alternatively, you may self test at home by ordering your Day 2, or Day 2 and 8 test package online or by contacting the clinic.
Both of the above options include one or two PCR tests, cost of shipping to you, cost of shipping back to the lab and analysis of your samples and any UK Government required Genetic Sequencing of Positive results.
The Travel Testing Package must be ordered before flying to England. Once ordered you will be provided a test reference which you will need to input into the Passenger Locator Form.
Receiving your Day 2 or Day 2 & 8 Order
Day 2 tests are dispatched to be delivered on or before your day 2 of quarantine. This will not be before your arrival date into the UK.
Day 8 tests, if required, will be dispatched with your day 2 test package. Please note there may be some delays in deliveries to you due to weekends and Bank Holidays. Our clinic, however, is open 7 days per week for booked appointments.
Getting your Sample back to the Lab
You will receive a Royal Mail Tracked 24 envelope within your test kit to return the sample to our lab. This can be posted using a Royal Mail Priority Post Box only.
To find your nearest priority post box an collection times visit: www.royalmail.com/services-near-you
How your results will be sent to you
Results are reported within 48 hours from receipt of your sample at the laboratory and will be emailed to you. Please note samples taken in clinic reach the lab on the same day so results will be quicker.