COVID-19 Standard Swab PCR Test

Convenient, affordable PCR testing

This PCR test can confirm your COVID-19 status. 

This test is suitable for delivery across Mainland UK.

Please refer to the FAQ section below for further guidance on returning your sample for testing with Royal Mail.


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Advantages include:


“Excellent service overall”

"Easy to collect the sample, easy to post it, results two days later. And excellent customer service!! Thank you, you're doing an amazing job!"

– Julia

“Professional and precise!”

"Hands down Testing For All is the company I plan to stick with for the rest of my travels as I have used them multiple times. They are excellent! The prices are of the cheapest in the market, delivery of test packs as swift and on time and results have never been delayed."

– John

Frequently Asked Questions

This service uses the Royal Mail Tracked Returns 24 COVID-19 service.

These times are the same for any service provider using Royal Mail, and a fast laboratory
that tests all delivered samples within 24-48 hours.

The average result turnaround time from the day on which you post your sample:

Monday – 3.5 days
Tuesday – 3.5 days
Wednesday – 3.5 days
Thursday – 3.5 days
Friday – 5 days
Saturday – 4.5 days
Sunday – 4.5 days

The reason for this time is that Royal Mail do not process samples in their network on Saturdays and Sundays, leaving an additional 2 day delay for samples processed over the weekend.

Should you require a reduced turnaround time and live within travelling distance to London, you may prefer to purchase our COVID-19 Swab PCR Test, which has the additional self-drop return option with a London-based lab partner who can offer expedited processing times.

If you require a faster service and do not reside within travelling distance to London, we recommend that you use a clinic or drive through test that does not use Royal Mail to return the sample to the laboratory.

Included in the price:

  • One PCR test kit
  • All packaging and postage to return the sample to the lab using Royal Mail

Every test kit includes labels to return the sample using the Royal Mail Tracked Returns COVID-19 service. 

Samples may be returned using any of the 32,000 convenient Royal Mail Priority post boxes, as shown on the Royal Mail services near you page.  Just check “Show my nearest priority post boxes” when you search.

This service aims to deliver the sample within 48 hours of posting.

Typically we see that 45% are delivered next working day,  40% the day after and 15% take between 3 and 5 days.

PCR is a widely used laboratory method that stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction.  This test will selectively extract, amplify and identify the viral RNA sequence that corresponds to the virus.

This type of test is particularly sensitive and is the current reference method for detecting SARS-CoV-2 infections as the process finds the specific genetic code relating to the virus and amplifies it by copying it each cycle, where the number of copies double each cycle.  The PCR protocol in use utilises 40 cycles in the process, so even a very low viral load in the sample can be detected.

The virus that is amplified in this way is not dangerous as it is inactivated during the preparation process so that only the genetic code is amplified, not the complete virus with its shell structure intact.

This test will tell you whether or not you are currently carrying SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, regardless of whether you are displaying symptoms.

This test is sensitive enough to detect both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.  The test results will not identify the strain or variant of the virus.

If found positive, you should follow the current best practice guidance provided by the NHS, which can be found here and the best practice guidance found here.

This test uses the UK manufactured Nonacus reagents which show this test to be accurate with a RT-PCR limit of detection of 250 viral copies per mL for the N gene target.

The test targets genes in the nucleocapsid gene of SARS-CoV-2, and includes a human control to ensure that the RNA extraction process worked correctly.

Further information from the manufacturer for the RNA extraction process, and PCR protocol is available here.

This means that you probably have the virus.

If found positive, you should follow the current best practice guidance provided by the NHS, which can be found here and the best practice guidance found here.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, it is advised that you take a PCR test. 

Contact 111 if you need medical help.  In an emergency dial 999.

No, we would not recommend this.

The turnaround time at our Standard PCR Test laboratory can be in excess of 36 hours so it is not suitable for Fit to Fly or travel testing.

If you wish to test for Fit to Fly or other time-sensitive testing purposes, please use our COVID-19 Swab PCR Test as this laboratory processes more than 99% of samples that arrive before 1pm the same day.

You are required to take a throat and nose swab sample.

The swab is used to carefully rub the sides of your throat and inserted approximately 2.5cm into your nose.

The swab is then inserted into a sample tube and sent to the laboratory for testing

Yes. A certificate is included for your Standard PCR test.

The name on the certificate is the name provided during activation on  not during purchase.

The certificate can be downloaded from our portal once you have received email notification that your result is available.

No, this test checks for current infections only though will typically return a positive result for up to 25 days post-infection.

In order to find out whether you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the longer past and have developed antibodies, you can take our Immunity Tracker test kit.

Privacy is everything to Testing For All. To understand our stance please refer to our privacy notice.

In summary:

  • Your sample is anonymous to our lab partners, however both negative and positive tests will be reported by Testing For All to the UK Health Security Agency in accordance with UK regulations

If you are offered this test by your employer, then your result will be shared in accordance with the Employee Privacy Notice.

  • Keep sample collection kit out of reach of children
  • Do NOT drink the fluid in the sample tube
  • Wash with water if the stabilising liquid comes in contact with eyes or skin
  • If the stabilising fluid or sample spills clean it using soapy water, without bleach
  • The collected specimen is potentially infectious and should be handled carefully, including washing hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds
  • Small cap is a choking hazard
  • Manufacturers Safety Data Sheets are located here