Day 8 PCR Test
How to Order Your COVID-19 Home Test Kit
Order your home test kit
Order your COVID-19 travel test to your door via Free Royal Mail or DPD Delivery (1-3 working days) tracked service. Your Passenger Locator number will be issued immediately for travel.
Do your travel test
Do your test and post back using priority returns with Royal Mail. Alternatively, you can drop your sample at one of our many testing centres for faster results.
Receive your results
Your sample is reviewed when it is received at our lab, and you'll receive your doctor-signed certificate.
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The UK continues to recognise vaccination programmes from the UK, EU, and USA. As of October 4, the UK recognises vaccination certificates with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.
You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.
Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to mix 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna. You are also allowed to have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada.
If you are coming from a non red list country and have not been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or other accepted vaccination program at least 14 days ago, you’ll need to take a Covid-19 PCR test on Day 2 and on Day 8. You will also need to quarantine on return. These tests are suitable for all international arrivals outside of the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
The Day 8 test is only mandatory for travellers who have not been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or other accepted vaccination program at least 14 days ago, Failure to take the tests can result in a fine of up to £1,000. Fully vaccinated arrivals or arrivals from green list countries do not need to take a Day 8 test.
You can take your Day 8 test on Day 8 following your arrival in England.
Negative: You do not have any evidence of an active COVID-19 infection.
Positive: The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected on your swab. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days in accordance with government guidance.
Unclear: On rare occasions, it might not be possible to say if you had the virus when your test was done. This is because it's possible that 1 of the genes specific to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus has been found.