End self-isolation early with Test to Release

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  • Results and certificate within 24 hrs of receipt of sample
  • Gold Standard PCR tests with simple to follow instructions
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SAME DAY RESULTS
  • Results and certificate the same day we receive your sample
  • Gold Standard PCR tests with simple to follow instructions
  • Free tracked next-day delivery (order before 12pm Mon-Fri) and guaranteed next day pre-10am return (FedEx)
  • Official UK Government listed provider
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Spend less time self-isolating with Test to Release

All international arrivals (unless exempt) from countries on the Government amber and red lists are currently required to self-isolate for 10 days and to take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before Day 2 and Day 8 (if applicable) of the quarantine period. Arrivals from amber countries can use our Test to Release home kit to reduce self-isolation from 10 days to 7 or 8 days, if you test negative for COVID-19.

MTD is listed provider on Government website/GOV.UK for Testing to Release for International Travel.

TEST TO RELEASE

Test to Release:
Ending your quarantine early

If you are self-isolating and would like to end your quarantine early you can use our Test to Release home swab kit and if the result is negative, you can stop quarantining.

You cannot take this test until you have been in England for 5 full days and cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

If you plan to use the Test to Release scheme, you must choose to opt into the scheme when completing your passenger locator form and you will still need to take a test on day 2 and on or after day 8. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

THE PROCESS

Test to Release:
How does it work?

Book your Test to Release test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.

How the Test to Release scheme works:

  • Book a test before you travel – you can pre-book this at the same time as your outbound travel test or your Day 2 and Day 8 (if applicable) test package.
  • Choose to opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.
  • Enter the details of your test in the passenger locator form.
  • We will send the test kit to your chosen address to arrive on or before your fifth full day in England.
  • Return your test using the designated provider (Royal Mail or FedEx).
  • Your results will be emailed to you within 24 hours of us receiving your sample or sooner if you opt for our courier same day service.
  • If you receive a negative result you can exit quarantine but you’ll still need to take your Day 8 test.
  • If you test positive you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day after your test date.

If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.

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FAQs
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Where can I find the passenger locator form?

You can find more information on the passenger locator form on the Government website.

Is the test accurate?

This COVID-19 home test requires a combined nose/throat swab sample to be collected and sent back to our laboratories for full analysis by our team of scientist

Purchasing a Coronavirus COVID-19 home testing kit from MTD gives you peace of mind that you are dealing directly with the laboratory that is carrying out the test. All of our swab kits are tested at our laboratories and the results individually interpreted by our scientists.

MTD conduct the RT-qPCR test, which is CE marked and the ‘gold standard’, highest sensitivity technique. The swab test is able to detect all currently known variants* of COVID-19.. The swab test is able to detect all known variants of COVID-19.

This test is capable of detecting low infection 2 levels at an early stage in the infections growth and has the lowest occurrence of incorrect results 1, 3  (false positive or false negative) of any of the tests currently available. Many fast tests including Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) only detect high levels of infection, missing lower levels.

References
1. Diagnostic testing and screening for SARS-CoV-2, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.  2. Options for the use of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK: Technical Report, European Centre of Disease Prevention And Control.  3UK abandons school Covid monitoring as testing devices divide public health scientists: Chemistry World, 25th January 2021.

When will I receive my results?

Results will be emailed to the nominated recipient within 24 hours after receipt of the test sample at our laboratories.  An official lab report will be made available to you, to serve as proof of your result.

Results will fall into one of three categories:

  • Negative (Not Detected)
  • Positive (Detected)
  • Re-test

The lab is not able to provide results interpretation or offer advice. We recommend that you follow government guidelines for any tests that are positive.

COVID-19 is a notifiable disease which means that it’s a legal requirement to inform Public Health. The tested person must make the notification. Therefore, for any positive result that person needs to contact their NHS119 to explain they have had a screening COVID-19 PCR test which has been positive. That person needs to isolate immediately and follow current medical guidance. Additionally, we are legally required to notify the Department of Health and may require the tested person to provide additional information.

Why has genome sequencing (variant surveillance) been introduced for travel testing?

Genome sequencing has been introduced in order to identify, monitor and limit the number of COVID-19 variants in the UK population, and prevent the spread of high risk variants (‘variants of concern’ ) through immediate mobilisation of NHS track and trace services.

Can I stop self isolating if I test negative?

In accordance with the UK Government’s guidelines, if you test negative for COVID-19 on Day 2 or Day 8 you must continue to self-isolate for the full 10 days.

You can only shorten your self-isolation period if you test negative with our Test to Release which can b used after you have been in England for 5 full days. This is a separate test which you can order here.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day after your test date.

The people you’re staying with do not need to quarantine, unless:

  • they travelled with you
  • you or someone in the place where you’re staying develop symptoms of coronavirus.

What do I do if I’m travelling from or have passed through a ‘red list’ country?

Anyone who is arriving in England who has visited or passed through a country on the red list in the 10 days before their arrival needs to follow the UK Government’s guidance.

What happens if I provide incorrect information or choose not to quarantine?

Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.

If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

Please check the Government website for further information.

Can I leave quarantine early if my day 8 test is negative?

No, you must stay in quarantine until day 10 even if your day 8 test is negative.

If you would like to end your quarantine early you can use our Test to Release home swab kit and if the result is negative, you can stop quarantining.

You cannot take the Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days and cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.