(COVID-19): The Official Provider for Test to Release for international travel
How the Scheme Works
The scheme was launched by the Government for anyone who arrives in England from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man needs to self-isolate for 10 days. Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.
Find out more information on how to reduce your self-isolation period with the UK Government Test to Release scheme
All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended. If you are returning to the UK from a country previously listed on the Government’s Travel List Corridor you will need to self-isolate and not leave your home for a full 10 days. However, you can now reduce that time by taking a test from an approved provider. AC Medical Diagnostics and our partner laboratories are approved by the UK Government for the Test-To-Release program. By taking this test, you will be able to reduce your self-isolation period from 10 days to 7 or 8 days if the result is negative.
You should complete passenger locator form before you enter the U.K. Failure to complete the form is a criminal offence.
You can complete it any time in the 48-hour period before you are due to arrive in the UK. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to complete it. If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK.
Please note that some travellers cannot use the Test to Release scheme to shorten their isolation period. People who have been in or transited through the countries listed below in the last 10 days must self-isolate for the full 10 days.
Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
When ordering your test, you will be required to provide us with your personal information and details of your journey.
If you have covid-19 symptoms, Test-to-Release is not suitable for you. Read about self-isolating following a positive test result.
Note that if your 5th day test date falls on a weekend, we DO NOT ADVISE you taking this test as you may not get the results in time to reduce your self-isolation.
You can only end self-isolation once you’ve received a negative covid-19 test result. Until you receive your result, you need to self-isolate.
The scheme is voluntary and if you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate until 10 full days have passed since were last in a place not on the travel corridor list.
All orders are shipped as soon as possible via Post-Paid Royal Mail TRACKED 24 bags which, should be returned through posting in a Royal Priority post box, Royal Mail aims to deliver back to us the next working day.
We cannot guarantee the Royal Mail service or delivery times. We provide a tracked service, but Royal Mail delays are unfortunately outside of our control.
If your test result is urgent, the customer is responsible for ensuring the lab receives the sample in time for processing. You can arrange a guaranteed door to door courier service.
AC Medical Diagnostics accepts no responsibility for delays in results or liability for any costs arising from any delay, disruption or cancellation of your travel plans directly or indirectly caused by the requirement to produce a travel certificate.
It is your responsibility to check the travel certificate requirements of the destination with the airline, including the calculating the time frame for ensuring the test will still be valid before purchasing your test. The maximum number of hours or days prior to your flight in which your test needs to have been taken varies depending on airline and travel destination. This may vary between 72 hours or more before departure or arrival at your destination and is subject to change. The calculation time should include taking the test at home and return to our partner lab for processing.
How to Order your Home Sample Collection Test Kit
Order your home sample test kit online from AC Medical Diagnostics 48 hours before you arrive in the UK, the kit will be delivered on Day 5 after you arrive home. Orders received before 3 pm will be dispatched the same day via Roya Mail 24 tracked and your kit will arrive within 1-2 days or use the expedited option at checkout.
Complete the government passenger locator form.
Arrive and go straight to the place you plan to stay and self-isolate.
You will receive your sample test kit on Day 5 of self-isolation. The test must be taken no earlier than your 5th full day of isolation – Saturday. Day 5 count starts from zero of the day you left the country of origin, if you arrive the same day of departure, that day is day zero and the next day is day 1.
Take your test as soon as it arrives. Follow the instructions provided on how to take a swab sample from the back of the throat, tonsils and nose.
You are required to write the date and time you completed your swab test. The information is needed to complete your laboratory report.
You must continue to self-isolate while you await your test result.
On day 5 or 6, post your sample in a Royal Mail Priority Post box (Post-Paid) or arrange with a courier service.
Please find your Royal Mail post box at this link https://www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes
Drop box service for Newcastle residents. Hand deliver your sample for testing by going to our drop-box location in Newcastle
On day 7, your sample test will arrive at the laboratory within 1-2 days of dispatch.
On day 7 and 8, get your results, within 24-48 hours from receipt at lab. If negative, you are to end self-isolation. A lab report will be sent you you via email. If the result is positive you must remain in isolation for another 10 days.