The UK government has launched a new ‘Test to Release’ scheme that will enable people arriving in England to reduce their quarantine period if they test negative for Covid-19 five days after arrival.
The person travelling will have to pay for a private test, which can cost between £65 and £120. It normally takes 24-48 hours to receive the results.
Travelling to England
At the time of writing, all travellers arriving in England:
- must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test before they can travel to England
- must take the test in the 3 days before they start their journey to England
Self-Isolation (Quarantine) on Arrival
When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed. The 10-day period is because it can take up to 10 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear.
With the Test to Release scheme, you can pay for a Covid-19 test after 5 days of your quarantine and it comes back negative, you can stop self-isolating.
More information on self-isolating when travelling to England (UK Government website) >
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