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Test to Release

How to take part in the scheme

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

Arrivals from Amber List Countries

Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

To take part in the scheme you need to:

Book a test before you travel to England.

Enter details of your test in the passenger locator form.

You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.

All tests are face to face appointments

Tests are £99 each

Maximum 48 hour result turnaround  

Book at Newcastle Airport

Book at Leeds Bradford Airport

How the Test to Release scheme works

If you have been in a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England 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. If the result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

You cannot take your Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only.

If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.

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

Example

You arrive in England on Monday. Tuesday will be your first full day of quarantine. You can take a test no earlier than the 5th day after arrival in England – Saturday. You must continue to quarantine while you await your test result.

If you test negative

If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.

You still need to take the compulsory test on or after day 8.

If you test positive for COVID-19

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.

Your questions answered

See below for more information on Frequently Asked Questions:

If this is the first time you’ve used this service you may have many questions.

Here are some common questions we’ve been asked and answers to help you.