Everyone travelling from an Amber country must book a travel test package prior to arrival in England. You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19. The two tests in the UK are in addition to the mandatory requirement for a test within 72 hours of departure to the UK.
The first test is required on day 2 or before and the second test is required on day 8 or after. Collinson offers the 'Day 2 or before' test on your arrival at one of our airport test centres. You can book the second test (day 8 or after) at any of our centres if there is a location more convenient than your arrival airport. The day you land is day zero, the following day is day one...etc
Children under 5 do not need to take either test.
Don’t worry about postal delays or self-swabbing incorrectly. Have both tests taken by qualified medical staff and results returned in time to leave quarantine after 10 days. We do not offer home testing.
Amber Arrivals package (two tests) £165 - Results are typically available within 48 hours. Due to the requirements and nature of processing tests, which can include occasionally having to re-run tests, we strongly advise making a booking as soon as possible for both of your arrival tests - Day 2 or before (at arrival) and day 8 or after. Please remember to allow enough time following landing to clear customs and security before your appointment time for the Day 2 or before test.
Should you test positive on the first test, and you are not required to take a test on or after day 8, we will not refund part of the package price. The cost also includes the requirement for genomic sequencing in the event of a positive test.
The tests should be booked before you travel home so the details can be entered on your Passenger Locator Form. Make sure you book your appointment as soon as you can to secure your preferred testing slot on arrival and day 8 at any of the Collinson test centres.
This does not negate quarantine rules for arrivals and the rules of quarantine allow you to travel to test centres to carry out your tests. You can still choose the option to be released from quarantine early with the Test to Release scheme. This will be an additional cost and you will still be required to test on day 8.
More info on the requirements can be found here: Quarantine (Gov UK)
You can pre-book your tests in advance by visiting: Collinson Testing Centres and registering your personal details, including email address.