Private COVID-19 tests for the Test to Release Scheme
About Test to Release testing
If you’re planning on travelling to England from an AMBER designated country, you must now quarantine for 10 days. Your Private Health is offering private COVID-19 tests for the Test to Release Scheme in Manchester, and as home testing kits. Keep reading to learn more about the Test to Release scheme.
How the Test to Release Scheme Works
If you arrive in England from somewhere outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man, current government legislation states that you must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
Under the Test to Release Scheme, you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test, whereby you can end your quarantine early if it comes back negative. However, you cannot take a test until after you have been in England for 5 days.
Please note the above timescales are applicable when tests are done in clinic.
For postal kits, additional postage time for the sample to reach the laboratory must be added.
Where can I take a TTR test?
If you wish to take part in the Test to Release scheme, Your Private Health can either send a COVID-19 test to the address where you are quarantining, or you can attend our clinic in Wilmslow.
During the 10 day quarantine upon arrival in England, you may leave your home to post your test, or travel directly to and from our clinic. Follow government guidelines in this case, and where possible, avoid public transport.
How to Take Part in the Test to Release Scheme
If you wish to end your quarantine earlier by using the Test to Release Scheme in the UK, you need to:
- Book a TTR test with Your Private Health, we are an accredited covid test provider and use only UKAS accredited laboratories.
- Choose to opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form
- Enter details of your test in the passenger locator form.
- After you complete the form you will receive a QR code via email. You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion.
When Do I Take the TTR?
You must quarantine on arrival in England. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England.
You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.
When should I book my TTR test?
You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.
If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.
What about other members of the family or group?
You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.
Can I Order a TTR Home Kit?
You can phone Your Private Health to order a home testing kit. Please allow at least 24 hours from booking to receiving the kit. All instructions and self addressed paid envelope to return the kit will be included.
Can I Take the Test to Release If Travelling From Any Country
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.
What Happens if my Test to Release Comes Back Negative?
If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.
What Happens if my Test to Release Comes Back Positive?
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.
What if my Test to Release Was Inconclusive?
In the rare occasion, If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. The test can be repeated.
Can I do the test in clinic?
Your Private Health can either send a test to your address or you can attend our clinic in Wilmslow.
You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from our clinic. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.