YOUR TRAVEL WINDOW
Work out when you need to take your test
Many travel providers and countries require a mandatory, negative COVID-19 PCR test result confirming that you are COVID free before travel. You must ensure you complete your swab test within the testing window set out by your destination country as this may vary.
You should check with your travel provider and destination country about any special requirements for the test and/or certificate before purchasing and confirm with MTD before submitting test swab that these will be met, to prevent issues later in you travels.
Testing window examples:
Your destination requires the swab to be taken 72 hours before departure time. You depart at 10.00am on Thursday. You must take your swab as early as possible within the testing window but after 10am on the Monday.
Your destination requires the swab to be taken 48hours before arrival time. You arrive at 11am on Thursday. You must take your swab as early as possible within the testing window but after 11am on the Tuesday.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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. 3. UK abandons school Covid monitoring as testing devices divide public health scientists: Chemistry World, 25th January 2021.
To ensure best results you should self-swab on the day of posting or if this is not possible the evening before returning your sample to our laboratories.
Once the swab is taken and during transit it does not need special storage but should not be exposed to excessive temperatures. For example, leaving it in a hot car (above 28°C).
Please note: Our laboratories operate a limited weekend service. If your sample window requires that your test is taken or processed over the weekend contact the laboratory to confirm testing available with view to scheduling a slot. Failure to do this may cause a further delay of 24-48 hours. Slots are offered on a first come basis.
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.
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)
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.