The UK Government Test to Release scheme allows you to reduce your self-isolation period after international travel from 10 days to 5 days.
Arrivals in the UK from most countries will have to self-isolate for a period of ten days. Under the scheme, however, you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test, and end self-isolation as soon as you receive a negative test result.
The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after arriving in the UK.
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Where can I find more information about Test to Release?
Can I use the government Test to Release if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, Test to Release is not suitable for you. Visit the NHS for the latest information about what to do if you are ill with COVID-19.
How long will I have to self-isolate on return from a quarantine country?
If you do not have a negative COVID-19 test result you will have to self-isolate for ten days. When you are self-isolating you cannot leave your home for any reason. You will have to arrange deliveries for everything you need. Under the government’s Test to Release programme you can on the fifth day after leaving the quarantine country (that is, not on the government’s travel corridor list) take a COVID-19 test. If you get a negative result then you no longer have to self-isolate.
Can I use Test to Release in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?
Test to Release only applies to England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as devolved nations, will make their own arrangements.
Do I need to isolate after my trip abroad?
If you are returning to England one of the government’s travel corridor countries, you do not need to isolate. To find out if you are travelling from a travel corridor country, please check the list on gov.uk. It changes frequently and without notice, so check it immediately before you travel.