Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 Testing For International Arrivals from Green and Amber Listed Countries

Tracked Delivery and Return. Listed on Government website/GOV.UK.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you will be residing in Wales on arrival to the UK, even if arriving via an English port/airport, we are not permitted to provide your Amber or Green country testing. This has to be sourced through the CTM web portal. Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Green country Day 2 test - COVID-19 RT-PCR Travel Test - Minton Treharne & Davies

Day 2 COVID-19 PCR Test: £75

  • 1 x Gold Standard PCR test with simple to follow instructions
  • Certificate and results emailed to you within 24 hours of receipt at our labs
  • Free 24 hr tracked delivery and return shipping to our accredited laboratory
  • Official UK Government listed provider
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Day 2 COVID-19 PCR Test for Fully Vaccinated Adult UK,EU or US Residents or UK,EU,US Resident children ( 5-18 yrs): £75

  • 1 x Gold Standard PCR test with simple to follow instructions
  • Certificate and results emailed to you within 24 hours of receipt at our labs
  • Free 24 hr tracked delivery and return shipping to our accredited laboratory
  • Official UK Government listed provider
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Amber country Day 2 test - COVID-19 RT-PCR Travel Test - Minton Treharne & Davies

Day 2 COVID-19 PCR Test for Amber Country Arrivals Staying less than 8 days in the UK: £75

  • 1 x Gold Standard PCR test with simple to follow instructions
  • Certificate and results emailed to you within 24 hours of receipt at our labs
  • Free 24 hr tracked delivery and return shipping to our accredited laboratory
  • Official UK Government listed provider
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Day 2 and Day 8 test - COVID-19 RT-PCR Travel Testing Package - Minton Treharne & Davies

Day 2 & Day 8 COVID-19 PCR Tests: £140

  • 2 x Gold Standard PCR tests with simple to follow instructions
  • Certificate and results emailed to you within 24 hours of receipt at our labs
  • Free 24 hr tracked delivery and return shipping to our accredited laboratory
  • Official UK Government listed provider
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GREEN, AMBER & RED COUNTRIES

What is the new traffic light system for international travel?

Foreign travel has reopened under a traffic light system. Countries are placed in green, amber or red travel corridor lists. The rules differ depending on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

Travellers arriving in the UK from green list countries will not need to quarantine but will still need to take a day 2 COVID test for genomic sequencing. This is to monitor if new strains of the virus are being brought into the country.

All adult UK resident international arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (at least 14 days before travel) returning to England from amber list countries are no longer required to quarantine but will be required to take a day 2 COVID test for genomic sequencing.

From 4am Monday 2nd August all EU and US international arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an EMA or FDA approved vaccine (at least 14 days before travel) will not need to isolate when returning to England, Scotland and Wales from an amber list country but will be required to take a day 2 COVID test for genomic sequencing.

UK, EU and US Resident Children 

  • UK, EU and US resident children under the age of 18 returning from amber list countries will not have to isolate when returning to England.
  • Children under five years old do not need to test at all
  • Children between the ages of five and 10 will only need to complete a PCR test on day two after arrival
  • 11 to 17 year olds will need a pre-departure test and a PCR test before or on day two

The current restrictions for non NHS, EMA or FDA approved vaccinated passengers travelling to England from amber and red list countries will remain the same.

DAY 2 & 8 COVID TESTS

Day 2 and Day 8 testing for international travel arrivals

We are listed listed on Government website/GOV.UK for Day 2 and Day 8 COVID testing. From the 15th February, the UK Government requires travellers arriving in England from anywhere outside the Common Travel Area to have booked a testing package from an approved registered provider before you check-in for your flight, train etc.

The number of tests you will be required to take is dependent on whether you have travelled from a green, amber or red list country, your vaccination status,  the country where you were vaccinated and the number of days you will be staying in England.

If you are travelling to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you will need to follow separate guidelines.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
MTD’s Day 2 and Day 8 testing is only available to those returning to England from a country that is NOT a red list travel ban country. If conditions change in a country or territory, it can be moved between lists, sometimes without warning. It is your responsibility to check your country of departure on the UK Government’s website prior to booking. If your country of departure moves after you have made your booking please contact us on C19Support@minton.co.uk to notify us of the change and we will make the necessary amendments to your booking and/or fee.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

What to do before travelling to England

Everyone permitted to enter England must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England – this includes UK citizens.

Before you travel to the UK you must:

  • Take an approved COVID-19 test in the 3 days before your departure and provide a negative result.  You must provide the proof to the company you’re travelling with eg. airline, train operator etc. The proof must be in English. Spanish or French.
  • Check which colour travel corridor (red, amber or green) your departure country is on the UK Government’s website.
  • Book and pay for your green, amber or red RT-PCR  travel tests/package. You will receive a unique booking reference number when these are ordered.
  • Complete an online passenger locator form including details of: where you will self isolate (if applicable), your travel details including times and dates, your travel test booking reference number and test provider for your quarantine coronavirus tests, if applicable the booking reference number for your day 5 coronavirus Test to Release swab if you would like to end self-isolation early.

If you are returning from an Amber country you are eligible to shorten your 10-day quarantine period with our RT-PCR Test to Release on Day 5. You must still however do the Day 8 test.

NB: Children under 5 do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.

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UPON ARRIVAL

What to do upon arrival in England

All international arrivals entering England from a green country must:

  • Take a PCR test on or before day 2
  • NO quarantine is required

When to take your test

You must take your RT-PCR COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. This test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19.

If you get a positive result from your day 2 test, you must self isolate for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13 even if they do not show symptoms.

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All UK , EU or US adult international arrivals entering England who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS, EMA or FDA approved vaccine (at least 14 days before travel) or UK, EU and US resident children (5-18 yrs):

  • Take a PCR test on or before day 2
  • NO quarantine is required

When to take your test

You must take your RT-PCR COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. This test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19.

If you get a positive result from your day 2 test, you must self isolate for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13 even if they do not show symptoms.

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All international arrivals entering England from an amber country and staying for less than 8 days before leaving  must:

  • Take a PCR test on or before day 2.
  • Quarantine for the whole of your stay and receive a negative day 2 result  in order to leave the place you are quarantining

What to do when you arrive

When you arrive, you must travel directly to the place where you will be self isolating and remain there for the quarantine period. You must quarantine at the address you provided on the passenger locator form and in one place for the full quarantine period, where you can have food and other necessities delivered.

Your quarantine must either be in your own home, with friends and family, in a hotel or other temporary accommodation that is not a managed quarantine hotel.

Find out more about how and where to self-isolate on the Government’s website.

When to take your test

You must take your RT-PCR COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. This test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19.

If you get a positive result from your day 2 test, you must self isolate for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13 even if they do not show symptoms.

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All non UK, EU or US resident fully vaccinated international arrivals entering England from an amber country must:

  • Quarantine for 10 days
  • Take a PCR test on or before days 2 and 8 of quarantine
  • Must quarantine for 10 days and receive a negative result for both day 2 and day 8 tests in order to leave the place they are quarantining

What to do when you arrive

When you arrive, you must travel directly to the place where you will be self isolating and remain there for the 10 day quarantine period. You must quarantine at the address you provided on the passenger locator form and in one place for the full quarantine period, where you can have food and other necessities delivered.

You must quarantine either in your own home, with friends and family, in a hotel or other temporary accommodation that is not a managed quarantine hotel.

Find out more about how and where to self-isolate on the Government’s website.

When to take your test

You must take your first RT-PCR COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. This test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19.

If you get a positive result from your day 2 test, you must self isolate for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13 even if they do not show symptoms

If you get a positive result from your day 2 test, you do not need to take a test on day 8.

You need to take your second COVID-19 test on or after day 8, unless you got a positive result from your day 2 test.

If you get a positive test result from your day 8 test you will need to quarantine until day 19. Your household will also need to quarantine until day 19.

If you have quarantined for 10 days and you got a negative result to both your day 2 and day 8 tests. you may leave the place where you’re self isolating.

You may be able to shorten your 10-day self-isolation period with our COVID-19 Test to Release home kit on Day 5. However you must still do the Day 8 test. Find out if you can end your quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme below.

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If you are arriving from a red list country

You cannot travel to the UK if you have passed through or visited a red list country in the 10 days before your arrival unless you’re:

  • a British national
  • an Irish national
  • have residence rights in the UK

Everybody allowed to enter England from a red list country must:

  • quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel (unless you are exempt) – the day of arrival in England counts as day 0
  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining
  • follow the national restrictions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
MTD’s Day 2 and Day 8 testing is only available to those returning to England from a country that is NOT a red list travel ban country.

Please refer to the Government website to find out more out more about travelling from a red list country and where to book your quarantine hotel package.

UPON ARRIVAL

Test to Release:
Ending your quarantine early

If you would like to end your quarantine early you can use one of our Test to Release home swab kits 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 still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you’re exempt. 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.

Please note that there is no Test to Release Scheme in Wales.

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 test kits?

Your tests will be sent in accordance with Government guidelines. We will dispatch your test kit to you by tracked delivery on the day before you arrive in the UK. It should arrive on Day 0, the day you arrive in the UK.

Taking the Test

Using the easy-to-follow instructions provided, complete the form, take the sample as instructed and seal the contents of the kit in the plastic bag provided then pop it all into the courier paid return packaging. We will email you to acknowledge safe receipt of your test.

Each Swab Kit* contains:

  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Easy to use swab inside a sealed wrapper
  • Sample vial tube with liquid (taken swab goes into this and snaps off at break point – dispose of remains of swab).
  • Self-seal clear plastic bag (to place vial in)
  • Zip clear plastic bag (to place sealed plastic bag with vial in into)
  • A tracked, postage paid box to return your sample to our laboratory

Samples can be rejected for testing if they are not supplied correctly (i.e. no swab in tube, no liquid in tube, damage/leaking in transit).

NB: To ensure the lab receives a ‘good’ swab to test, the swab transport vial tube contains a liquid which both deactivates (kills) the virus and also makes sure the RNA (genetic material which includes any virus) is stabilised. This allows it to be transported at room temperature without degradation (as long as not exposed to temperature greater than 28°C). Please ensure that the liquid remains within the tube and is not spilt during the collection process.

*Packaging displayed is indicative only and may vary from that received.

Coronavirus Covid-19 RT-qPCR home swab test it -Taking the test instructions - Minton-Treharne-Davies

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.

Can I have a refund if I don't use my Day 2 & 8 tests?

Day 2 and Day 8 tests are mandatory and need to be booked prior to your arrival in England. It is a legal requirement that you enter the booking confirmation number on you Passenger Location Form as you will be unable to enter England without this.

We are unable to process any requests for refunds following your entry to England where there is no issue with the testing service. You may be committing a criminal offence by refusing to take the supplied test in accordance with the law.

Cancellations will only be accepted 48 hours before your time of departure to the United Kingdom.