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Ending quarantine early through “Test to Release”
After arriving to England from another country you may be able to end quarantine early through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme. You cannot use this scheme if you’ve been in or through a country on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
You must still take the 2 COVID-19 tests (Day 2 and 8 or just Day 2)you booked before you travelled. Find out more about the tests you must book and take. You must opt in to the scheme on the government’s passenger locator form.
When to take the test
The earliest you can take a test is 5 days after you arrive in England. For example, if you arrive on a Monday, you can take a test from the following Saturday.
Where to take the test
The test can be taken at a government-listed Test to Release provider like Ultima Vitality.
Travel to the test centre
You are allowed to travel to the Covid-19 test centre on day 5 after your arrival, but should avoid public transport.
What to bring to the test centre
You will need to bring a photo ID (passport or driving licence or national ID card or UK residence permit). If neither of these documents can be presented, then the test cannot be performed.
When you can stop quarantining
If the test is negative you can stop quarantining as soon as you get the result.
If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier. If you’re living or staying with someone in the UK they should also self-isolate for 10 days, starting from the day you took the test.
If the test is inconclusive you also need to quarantine for another 10 days. You can stop quarantining if you take another test with government-listed Test to Release provider like Ultima Vitality and the result is negative.
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