Test to Release will cut quarantine time

Added 03/12/2020

The government’s ‘test to release’ scheme which aims to cut the amount of time you need to spend self-isolating on your return to the UK, will start on 15 December.

The scheme is designed to remove some of the barriers to international travel by cutting the quarantine period required when arriving in the UK from a country that is not on the ‘travel corridors list’.

From 15 December, instead of having to self-isolate for 14 days, travellers can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test after 5 days.  If the test is negative, they can stop self-isolating.

The scheme only applies to those required to self-isolate in England.

How to take part in Test to Release

You must choose to opt into the scheme when you compete the passenger locator form before returning to the UK.

You will need to book a test with a private test provider from the list provided by the government.  The test provider will be able to send you a home test kit, or you can attend a testing site.

You should book your test before you arrive back in England, so that you have the details of the provider to enter on to the passenger locator form.

Tests from the NHS test and trace programme will not be valid to release you from quarantine.

Full details of the Test to Release scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

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