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Frequently Asked Questions - Day 2 and Day 8 quarantine for international travel arrivals

To protect England from coronavirus (COVID-19), all international arrivals to England must quarantine for 10 days, unless they have a job that qualifies them for exemption (

Where you need to quarantine (either in the place you are staying, or in a managed quarantine hotel) depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test up to 72 hours before departure. You will need to show a negative test result when you arrive in England.

If you are arriving in England from a country not on the travel ban ‘red list’, you must book coronavirus (COVID-19) tests under the quarantine rules for arriving into England.

Complete your passenger locator form with your coronavirus (COVID-19) booking test ID number up to 48 hours before you enter England.

If you are arriving from a ‘green listed’ country you are required to take one coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2. If you are arriving from an ‘amber listed’ country you will need to take 2 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – one on day 2 and one on day 8 of your quarantine period. These tests must be booked before you travel.

Children aged 4 and under do not need to take any coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

You will need the booking test ID number for the coronavirus tests you must take after arriving in the UK.

If applicable, name Medwyn Occupational Health as the provider for your day 5 coronavirus Test to Release swab to end self-isolation early.

Your Medwyn booking reference number will be a 7 digit number (13 digits for bookings prior to 6 April) and will be included on your confirmation email. This will be prefixed with “MEDOH” when completing your Passenger Locator Form.

  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Quarantine Address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone number
  • Date of arrival into England
  • Coach number/flight number/vessel name
  • Country travelling from
  • Passport number.

Yes – you must take these tests and quarantine, even though you provided a negative test result to enter England.

The day you arrive in England is counted as day zero (0). If you arrive, for example, on Tuesday then your first day of quarantine is Wednesday and second day is Thursday. You can have your day 2 test on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in this example. This first test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity.

Yes, DPD will send you an email and text with your tracking ID when your test kit is dispatched. You day 2 and day 8 tests will be sent to you together to arrive on or before day 2 of quarantine. Your (optional) Day 5 test will be sent individually for the required testing day.

UK Government guidance states, changing addresses during quarantine can only happen under certain circumstances. These are:-

  • a legal obligation requires you to change address, such as when you’re a child whose parents live separately, and you need to move between homes as part of a shared custody agreement
  • it’s necessary and permissible for you to stay overnight at accommodation before travelling to the place where you will be quarantining for the remaining period.

If you still require a change of quarantine address, you must provide full details of each address where you will quarantine on the passenger locator form.

If, in exceptional circumstances, you cannot remain where you’re staying, you can move to a new place to quarantine and you must complete a new passenger locator form as soon as possible.

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We will only send out your Day 2 (+/- Day 8) package  delivery on your date of arrival to the UK. 

To track your delivery please log into the DPD website Parcel Tracking UK | Track Package | DPD Local Online ( and enter your tracking ID.

If your test kit arrives late the UK Government advise, it should be taken as soon as it gets to you. 

The Day 8 test, must be taken on or after day 8 (it shouldn’t be taken earlier to ensure compliance).

When you have taken your sample, it should be returned in the pre-paid security packaging to our partner laboratory (Salient Bio) using Royal Mail tracked 24-hour delivery.

Inside your test kit you will find a Royal Mail tracked 24-hour delivery pre-paid security envelope. Please use a Royal Mail Priority post box. You can find your nearest Priority post box on the Royal Mail website (

From posting in a Priory Royal Mail Post Box, test results are usually available within 48-72 hours. Test samples posted after last collection on Saturday will not be received at the laboratory until Tuesday. If you prefer to expedite delivery of the test you may prefer to send your sample by private courier (at your own expense).

The laboratory aims to process all test samples and email your results within 24 hours from the time they are delivered.

Yes, you can leave your quarantine only to conduct your coronavirus (Covid-19) tests through the Day 2 and Day 8 coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Package or Day 5 Test to Release, as long as you continue to follow government guidelines.

Your testing kit will come with clear, easy to follow instructions.

Your kit will be processed at Salient Bio laboratory in London. You test kit will come with instructions to advise you. It is essential that you activate your test kit on the Salient Bio for your Day 2, Day 5 and Day 8 tests individually. You should submit your personal details, the date and time of your test using the Barcode details supplied with your test kit.

There is a Tracking ID shown underneath the Barcode on your Tracked 24 Return Label. That can be entered into the Royal Mail site here to see details of your Sample Return.

Even if you have not had symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day after your test date. People you live with or are travelling with should also self-isolate for 10 days from the day after you took a test.  You must not travel, including to leave the UK, during self-isolation.

If you received a positive test result for the test taken on or before day 2, you do not need to take the day 8 test. People you are travelling with must still take a day 8 test. Your day 8 test kit will not be sent to your quarantine address. The cost of your day 8 test will not be refunded.

Contact 111 if you need medical help. In an emergency dial 999.

It is not possible to say if you had the virus when the test was done. Therefore, you must take another test, or self-isolate for 10 days from the day after your test date.

Yes, there is a requirement by the UK government to conduct genomic sequencing on all positive test results from day 2 tests. This is included in the overall cost of the testing package.

You can shorten your quarantine period if you pay for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test after isolating for 5 days. This is known as the Test to Release for International Travel scheme. If you are planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

The Test to Release scheme is not available to anyone who has been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before arrival in England.

£169 for home testing, or £189 at our Surrey clinic . Optional ‘Test to Release’ testing to end mandatory quarantine after Day 5 cost from an additional £99.

If your travel plans change please contact us at least 5 days in advance so we can review your options. 

Once your booking ID for the Passenger Locator Form has been issued we will not offer a refund for your travel testing package with less than 5 days notice of cancellation. With more than 5 days notice we may be able to change the dates of dispatching your testing kit, offering a credit note, or cancelling your booking after deducting an administrative fee of £20 per person.

We will usually refund the full cost of your travel testing package if the country you are travelling from moves onto the ‘red list’ and you are required to quarantine in a designated government hotel provided we have at least 5 days notice of this change. 

Please email us at and we will consider your individual circumstances. 

If taken in clinic, your result will be available on the same day by midnight or next day by 6pm. This will depend on which testing package you book.

If sent by post your sample will be available approximately 24 hours after receipt at lab. Please remember the postal service will require an additional 24 hours for the sample to arrive at the lab beforehand. This could take longer if a sample is posted on a Saturday or Sunday.

You can contact our team by sending an email to or calling us on +44 (0) 1306 873942.

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