Day 5 Test to Release Packages
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How the Test to Release scheme works
If you arrive in England from somewhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man 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 a 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.
How to take part in the scheme
To take part in the scheme you need to:
- book a test with Medwyn Occupational Health or any other approved private test provider
- choose to opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form
You can book your test before you travel to England and enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. Or, if you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to update your passenger locator form with Medwyn OH as your test provider.
You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.
Medwyn Occupational Health can either send a test to your quarantine address or you can book an appointment in our clinic. You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the clinic site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.
You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban 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. This is in addition to the tests that everyone must take on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine period.
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 coronavirus 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.
If your test is inconclusive
If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop quarantine early.
You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.