Test to Release – Covid 19 PCR Test

St Mary’s Heath Care & Travel Clinic is a listed UK government approved provider for the Day 5 Test to Release (TTR) scheme for travellers returning to the UK from abroad.

It is an optional test on Day 5 of return for those who wish to reduce their post travel self-isolation period short from the mandatory 10 days. This test is not available for anyone travelling from a Red List Travel Ban Country.


What is Test to Release?

Test to Release is a UK government scheme for travellers returning to England, who which to reduce their quarantine period from mandatory 10 days to an early release. In order to do this, they must successfully provide a Negative RT PCR Test taken on or after Day 5 of quarantine in England. The test can only be performed through an approved provider of the UK government Test to Release scheme, such as Olive Health & Travel Clinic.

*Please note that the Test to Release scheme is not currently recognised by Scotland and Wales. It is also not applicable to visitors who transit or arrive from these countries.

How to book the Test to Release (TTR) test

Step 1: Arrive in England and self-isolate/quarantine as per the government’s guidelines

Step 2: Book your test with an approved private test provider like Olive Health & Travel Clinic, no sooner than Day 5 of your arrival. The day you land is day zero.

To book your test with us, call us on 020 8534 9415 or email us on You may also request a postal kit. Our booking options are listed below:


  • Results in 48 hours


  • Results in 24 hours


  • Results midnight to 6am


  • Results within 3 hours
  • (turnaround time from sample
  • reaching the lab)

Step 3: Attend your appointment or send back your postal kit, no sooner than on day 5.

Step 4: Follow the guidance based on your test results

  • If your test result is negative you can stop self-isolating as soon as you receive your test result.
  • If your test result is positive, continue to self-isolate for another 10 days (Day 1 starts from the day you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that time period was earlier). Please note that people you are living/staying with, should also self-isolate for 10 days from the date you received your positive test result.
  • If the result of your test is inconclusive, please continue to self-isolate for the mandatory 10 days or you can take another test if you want to stop self-isolating early (you will have to pay for this test again).
  • If the result of your test is equivocal, you may have an early onset of the infection or residue from a recent past infection. If an early onset is suspected, we would strongly advise a retest in 24-48 hours and isolate as per usual guidelines.

If you are unsure about the above self-isolation/quarantine rules with regards to Test to Release, you can view this helpful graphic from the UK government.

Requesting a postal kit for the Test to Release (TTR) RT PCR Test

To order a postal kit, please call us on 020 8534 9415 or email us on Postal kits are non-refundable.

Please ensure you order/send the sample kit on the right dates/times are that the timings are in line with the government guidelines for the Test to Release scheme. We will not be able to change or compensate for any errors and a new test may need to be purchased.

We would also recommend that you hand-deliver or courier your sample back to the clinic to avoid any issues due to postal delays, especially if you require a rapid turnaround time.