Day 2 & Day 8 RT-PCR Home Tests - Unvaccinated
COVID-19 RT-PCR home tests for when you return home from a country that is not on the red list and you are not fully vaccinated. Check government guidelines here
These Day 2/Day 8 tests are NOT for pre-departure, return from red list countries or Day 5 test to release.
If you are unvaccinated you are legally required to take a COVID-19 PCR test when you return to the UK on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. You must follow currently government self isolation rules.
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Unique reference number for Passenger Locator form provided with your order confirmation
Don’t forget: before you go abroad, you may need to show a negative PCR COVID -19 result. You can book our Pre-Departure COVID -19 test here.
Our laboratory is trusted by world-renowned hospitals
This test is processed by HCA Laboratories, which is part of HCA Healthcare: one of the largest providers of private healthcare in the country. So, as well as carrying out thousands of tests daily for GP surgeries, hospitals and other clients across the UK, the lab supports world-famous HCA hospitals such as The Portland, The Princess Grace, The Harley Street Clinic and London Bridge Hospital.
Order now, take the test when you return
If you are unvaccinated you are required by the government to book Day 2 and Day 8 RT PCR Tests before your start you journey to the UK. You can use this test if you are:
‣ Travelling from a country that is not on the Red List (click here to see updated redlist)
‣ Have not visited or travelled through ‘a red list country in the 10 days before your return
‣ You are unvaccinated
You can order multiple tests, for other travellers, and will be provided with individual reference numbers for your PLF, rather than having to order individually.
Please always check the latest government guidelines before you order, as they’re being updated all the time.
How it works in 4 simple steps to complete the test
If you are unvaccinated you are required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. You must follow currently government self isolation rules.
ORDER OUR COVID PCR TESTS
You’ll need to order your Day 2 and Day 8 tests before you travel to the UK - the booking reference will be required for your Passenger Locator Form, which you’ll need to submit before you can travel back to the UK.
If you order before your trip, you can also order your Pre-departure test from us at the same time.
Please note your Day 2 and Day 8 Tests will be shipped to you separately.
TAKE YOUR SWAB AT HOME
Once you’re back in the UK, you should carry out:
DAY 2 test as soon as possible – certainly within 48 hours of your arrival.
DAY 8 test on or after your 8th day in the UK.
Please note your date of arrival is Day 0.
Following the instructions, perform a simple nasal and throat swab. If you’re unable to do this yourself, the instructions explain how someone can help you.
The test should only be performed on the person whose name is on the kit, and it is not for anyone under the age of 5.
RETURN THE SWAB TO US
Using the prepaid Royal Mail Track 24 envelope, post your swab immediately in a Royal Mail Priority Post Box so that our lab teams can analyse and share your results as quickly as possible.
WAIT FOR YOUR RESULTS
We’ll send your official Day 2 & Day 8 pathology report by email. Results are next day from receipt at the lab. You must follow current government self isolation rules.
How to take your swab and return it to us
1. WASH YOUR HANDS
Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
2. Unpack your kit
Check if your kit contains all items
3. FIND YOUR TONSILS
Use a mirror to find your tonsils. Alternatively, if your tonsils have been removed find where your tonsils would have been.
4. BLOW YOUR NOSE
Blow your nose gently and cough into a tissue, then throw the tissue away in a bin.
5. OPEN THE SWAB PACKAGE
Be careful not to touch the soft end of the swab on anything except for your tonsils or nose when completing the test.
6. Complete the throat swab
Holding the swab in your hand, open your mouth and gently rub the swab over your tonsils and back of your throat for 10 seconds, then remove from the back of your throat. Looking in a mirror to help you do this.
7. Complete the nasal swab
Place the same end of the same swab gently into your nostril approximately 1 inch (2.5cm), or until you feel resistance. Rotate the swab for 15 seconds and slowly remove it. Using the same swab, repeat for second nostril.
8. Place the swab in the vial
Place the swab in the plastic vial with the fabric tip facing down. Snap off the other end of the swab so that it fits into the vial. Place the lid back on the vial and ensure it is fastened. Please make sure you assign the label with patient details to the tube.
9. PACK YOUR SAMPLE
Place the plastic vial and the absorbant sheet into the sealable plastic bag.
10. Secure your sample
Place the plastic bag inside the biohazard bag and seal the biohazard bag.
10. COMPLETE THE REQUEST FORM
Ensure the Name and DOB on the Request Form are exactly as on the vial.
Complete time and date swabbed and then sign the patient form..
12. RETURN THE SAMPLE IMMEDIATELY
Place the patient form in the box and then in the return bag, and place it in the nearest Royal Mail priority post box or wait for your prearranged Courier to collect the sample if you have selected this option.