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A Covid-19 travel test for passengers returning to the UK to be taken on or before day 2 of arrival.

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Why should I have my test with Corona Test Centre?

We are the UK’s most trusted coronavirus testing facility with more 5-star reviews than any other provider. 99% of test results are delivered on time for passengers wishing to travel.We have facilities across the UK and offer 1,000s of appointments everyday, including Sundays. Our UK based call centre is open 7 days a week and our laboratory tests 7 days a week to ensure you get your results on time.If you would like to see what some of the 100,000+ people we have tested have said about their experience, please click here.

What vaccination programmes are recognised in the UK?

The UK continues to recognise vaccination programmes from most countries (see list), including the UK, EU, and the USA. Travellers qualify as fully vaccinated if they can demonstrate vaccination certificates with a complete course of the following vaccines at least 14 days before arriving in the UK:- Oxford/AstraZeneca- Pfizer BioNTech- Moderna- Janssen (single-dose vaccine)- Sinovac-CoronaVac- Sinopharm Beijing- CovaxinFormulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to mix 2 different types of vaccines, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna. You are also allowed to have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada.

What happens if I test unclear on my Day 2 PCR test?

UnclearYour coronavirus test result is unclear. It’s not possible to say if you had the virus when the test was done. This is because it’s possible that 1 of the genes specific to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus has been found. This can be due to several different reasons including inadequate sample collection, very early stage-infection, or very late stage-infection (i.e. you may have recently tested positive for COVID-19).Both gene targets must be identified to declare a positive result. We follow retest procedures where our tests produce an unclear result, however, sometimes even with repeat testing the result remains the same.Day 2 Unclear ResultIf you took this test on day 2 of your quarantine you must continue to quarantine until you have completed the 10-day quarantine period.You may be contacted to check that you, and those who you live or are travelling with, are self-isolating. You must not travel, including to leave the UK, during self-isolation.

How quickly can I get the test results back?

As fast as 23:59 the same day you take your PCR test if you choose a Same Day turnaround time. We also offer Overnight Results by 08:00 the next day after your test and Next Day Results by 18:00 the day after your test. All test samples are analysed 7 days a week and you’ll get your results as soon as they’re released.

How is the test taken?

A throat and nose swab sample is taken by one of our healthcare professionals at one of our clinics in London, Watford, Manchester and Newcastle.

Where can I get a test?

You can book a PCR test online for any of our clinics in London, Watford, Manchester and Newcastle. At each clinic we have healthcare professionals who administer your tests.

What is the Day 2 Travel Test?

All international arrivals must take a Day 2 Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after arriving in the UK (your arrival date is considered Day 0). If you are fully vaccinated you must take a Day 2 Lateral Flow test or Day 2 PCR test. If you are not fully vaccinated you must take a Day 2 PCR test, need to quarantine and take an additional PCR test on Day 8. A Day 2 test is compulsory for all international arrivals outside of the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

How does the Day 2 PCR test differ from a normal PCR test?

The Day 2 test is the most accurate PCR test available and is mandatory when coming back to the UK because of the growing threat from new variants of COVID-19.The test looks for 2 genes rather than 1 which makes it a more complicated test and, if the Day 2 test is found to be positive it is sent for genome sequencing to identify particular variants of concern.

How does the Day 2 Lateral Flow Test differ from the Day 2 PCR Test?

A Lateral Flow test is an antigen test, which looks for viral surface proteins of the virus. It will confirm if you currently have the virus. It’s a faster and cheaper alternative to a PCR test and has an accuracy of 98%.The Day 2 PCR test is the most accurate PCR test available looks for 2 genes rather than 1 which makes it a more complicated test and, if the Day 2 test is found to be positive it is sent for genome sequencing to identify particular variants of concern.Fully vaccinated travellers can choose to take either a Day 2 Lateral Flow or Day 2 PCR test, while unvaccinated travellers must take a Day 2 PCR test.

What does the test do and how accurate is it?

A PCR test is a nucleic acid test that looks for the genetic code (RNA) of the virus. It will not confirm whether you have had it and have developed an immune response - there are other tests available for that (see our antibody test). It is the gold standard of testing and is 99.9% accurate.

What happens if I fail to take a test?

The Day 2 test is mandatory. Failure to take the test can result in a fine of up to £1,000. If you are fully vaccinated you must take either a Day 2 Lateral Flow test or Day 2 PCR test. If you are unvaccinated you must take a Day 2 PCR test.

What if I’m coming from a ‘Red List’ country?

The UK has removed all countries from the Red List and currently does not impose different entry requirements depending on where you are travelling from. Entry requirements depend on whether or not you are fully vaccinated.However, this may be subject to change if countries are again added to the ‘Red List’. In this case, if you arrive to the UK and have been in a country on the red list during the last 10 days you must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as a pre-departure test and two PCR tests upon return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). You will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residence rights in the UK. You can find more information relating to red list countries on the UK government's website.

Can I travel by public transport?

If you need to use public transport to travel to the test site, you should travel alone or, if necessary, only with people from your household or support bubble. Try to avoid travelling on busy routes or during busy periods, such as rush hour. Follow the guidance to keep yourself, other passengers and public transport staff safe.

What are the possible results of my test?

Negative: You do not have any evidence of an active COVID-19 infection.Positive: The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected on your swab. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days in accordance with government guidance.Unclear: On rare occasions, it might not be possible to say if you had the virus when your test was done. This is because it's possible that 1 of the genes specific to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus has been found.

What happens if I test positive on my Day 2 PCR test?

If your Day 2 PCR test result is positive then you must quarantine for an additional 10 days from the day you took the test - further advice will be provided with your test results. Please see the government website for more information.

Where can I find the passenger locator form?

You can find more information on the passenger locator form on the government website.

Is it mandatory to purchase this travel test?

Yes, the Day 2 test is mandatory for anyone travelling into the UK from abroad. Failure to take the tests can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Do I still need to self isolate while waiting for my test results?

If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to self-isolate while awaiting your Day 2 Lateral Flow or Day 2 PCR test results.If you are unvaccinated you must continue to self-isolate until you have completed the required Day 2 PCR and Day 8 PCR tests and received negative results. If you have purchased a Day 5 test to release you must self-isolate until you receive a negative Day 5 test result.

What does the test do and how accurate is it?

An Antigen test looks for viral surface proteins of the virus. It will confirm if you currently have the virus. It will not confirm whether you have had it and have developed an immune response - there are other tests available for that (see our antibody test). It’s a faster and cheaper alternative to a PCR test and has an accuracy of 98%.

What are the entry requirements when entering the UK from different countries?

The UK has removed all countries from the Red List and does not impose different entry requirements depending on where you are travelling from. Entry requirements differ based on whether or not you are fully vaccinated.If you qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ then prior to travelling to the UK you must: - Book a Day 2 COVID-19 Lateral Flow or PCR test- Complete the passenger locator formAfter arriving in the UK you must self-isolate until you receive a negative result from your booked Day 2 COVID-19 test result. From Sunday 9th of January, 2022, you will not need to self-isolate prior to your Day 2 Lateral Flow test. If you test positive on the Day 2 test, however, you must isolate and take a PCR test.If you do not qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ then prior to travelling to the UK you must:- Take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel- Book Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests- Complete the passenger locator formAfter arriving in the UK, you must self-isolate for 10 full days and take your booked Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests. You can reduce your required self-isolation period to 5 days with an additional test under the Test to Release scheme.

What do I need to do before I travel to England?

If you are fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or another accepted vaccination program at least 14 days ago, you need to book and pay for a Day 2 Lateral Flow test or Day 2 PCR test, which must be taken on or before day 2 following your arrival in England. You do not need a pre-departure COVID-19 test to travel to the UK. From Sunday 9th of January, 2022, you will not need to self-isolate prior to your Day 2 test. If you test positive on the Day 2 test, however, you must self-isolate for 10 days and take a PCR test.If you have not been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or other accepted vaccination program at least 14 days ago, you must take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result up to two days before you travel to the UK. You must also book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 test package, which includes two COVID-19 PCR tests to be taken on or before Day 2 and on or after Day 8 of your quarantine. After arriving in the UK, you must self-isolate for 10 full days and take your booked Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests. All arrivals must complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive and the Day 2 test package booking reference number.

When can I take my Day 2 test?

You can take your Day 2 test on or before day 2 following your arrival in England. The day you arrive is considered as Day 0.

Are you recognised by the UK Government and are you accredited?

We’re a leading UK government recognised provider of all private COVID-19 tests. Our tests are analysed at UKAS accredited labs that comply with ISO15189 and ISO17025 standards.