PCR Test-To-release

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.

Step 3: Book your Test-To-Release test through us. Our booking options are listed below:

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.

St Mary’s Medical Centre is a 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(the red list travel ban country should redirect web users to the gov website for red list countries).

*Please note this is an additional test to release from the mandated self-isolation period and you will still need to book your Day 2 and Day 8 tests as per current government guidelines.

What is Test to Release?

Test to Release is a UK government scheme for travelers returning to England, who wish to reduce their quarantine period from the mandatory 10 days to an early release. In order to do this, they must successfully provide a Negative  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 St Mary’s Medical Centre.

*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.