Test To Release

End your travel quarantine early with Test to Release

Returning from a country on the Amber list?

If you have been in a country on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day 5 if based in England. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine.

Test to Release is only applicable to people living in England.

This page provides you with information on what you need to know about Test to Release and the options getting a Day 5 test. Always refer to government advice and reach out to our expert customer support here if you need help.


What Is Test To Release?

Test to Release is a voluntary scheme that applies to those in quarantine after returning from a country on the amber list. The test is to be carried out from 5 days after arriving in England. The self-isolation period will only be shortened for negative test results.

If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantine for 10 days and you have to take mandatory tests on day 2 and day 8.

You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result which takes 12 – 24 hours with MedChecks.

What You Need To Do After Travel

* Information accurate as of 23 June 2021.


What if the country I'm coming back from is on the 'Red' list?

You cannot take part in the scheme if you have been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

You can find out which list your destination is on here.


When do I take the test?

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


How do I take part in the scheme?

To take part in the scheme you need to:

1. Book a test before your travel to England.

2. Enter details of your test in the passenger locator form.


Where Can I Get Tested?

We can send you a home testing kit.


What if I test 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 England, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

You do not need to take the coronavirus test on or after day 8.


What if I test negative?

If the result for your day 5 test is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive) you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.

How It Works

Why JACE Medical

  Testing by medical professionals

  Cheapest Antigen tests in UK & Ireland

  Day 5 PCR Results in 12 – 24 Hours

  Number provided for Passenger Locator Form

  UKAS registered provider


What Our Clients Say

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Declan Gormley – Managing Director of Brookvent

“Would highly recommended this service if needing a covid test, so quick, from first phone call to arrange a test to getting results was less than 12 hours, stress-free, thanks all.”

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Order a Day 5 Test to Release

Order a home collection testing kit to test yourself at home.