Amber Country – Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 Travel Tests for International Arrivals

£190.00

A separate order must be completed and purchased for each traveller (aged 5 or older) in order to generate the individual unique booking reference number required for entry on your Passenger Locator Form.

  • 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
  • UK Government listed provider

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
MTD’s Amber 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 to ensure you are ordering the correct test.

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

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Your Details:

Please ensure that you input your details correctly as they cannot be changed after your order is placed.

Home Address

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Isolation Address

This is the address where you will be during isolation

Travel Details

It is your responsibility to check your country of departure on the UK Government’s website

Contact Details

DAY 2 & 8 COVID TESTS

Day 2 and 8 quarantine for international travel arrivals

From the 15th February, it is mandatory for all international arrivals allowed to enter England from anywhere outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands), unless exempt, to take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before Day 2 of your self-isolation period, and then another test on or after Day 8. All arrivals must also quarantine for 10 days, either in an approved hotel (if returning from a red list country) or an alternative approved location.

You must order your Day 2 and Day 8 tests before you return to England. Failure to do so may result in fines or not being able to travel. You can plan ahead and order your test to ensure it arrives at your self-isolation address ready for use on or before day 2.

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

A patient having a throat swab using a COVID-19 PCR home test kit from Minton Treharne & Davies Cardiff
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

What to do before travelling to England

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 2 and 8 day RT-PCR  travel tests. 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, your travel details including times and dates, your travel test booking reference number and test provider for your 2 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 a country which is not on the UK Government’s red list, you are eligible to shorten your 10-day quarantine period with our RT-PCR Test to Release on Day 5. You must still do the Day 8 test. Full details can be found on the Government website here.

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

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?

The COVID-19 Day 2 and Day 8 test requires a combined nose/throat swab sample to be collected and sent back to our Government approved, UKAS accredited UK laboratory for testing.

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 the ‘gold standard’ — the highest sensitivity technique and approved by the Government and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to be used by the general public. The swab test is able to detect all currently 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.

How do I take 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

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.

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.

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