UK Arrivals Test Package

Reliable, affordable Day 2 and Day 8 testing

This test package enables entry into the UK from “non-red list” countries for travellers who are not fully vaccinated under an approved vaccination programme. Please head to FAQs for further details. This test is suitable for residents living in Mainland UK. Exceptions apply as follows:

Travellers who are fully vaccinated with NHS administered vaccines, or from one of the other 50 recognised vaccination programmes should use our Day 2 Only test.

This price includes both tests. Once you have posted your sample back to us, and it is received by our laboratory, the results are typically processed within 48 hours.

You may choose to dispatch the test now, or to have it delivered on your Date of Arrival. Are your travel plans likely to change? Please head to our FAQs section to read which dispatch method is best for you.



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

“Test to Release.”

“I was well-informed in advance of each stage and everything went smoothly and as expected. Very good. My result came through on a Saturday just over 24 hours after DX drop off. Excellent, I definitely recommend."

– Tom

Frequently Asked Questions

After you complete your purchase we show the Booking Reference on the confirmation page as the Order Code. You may use this on your booking locator form.

We also email this to you immediately. Please read this email carefully as it contains the information required to successfully test with us.

If you are part of an approved vaccination programme in one of 50 countries listed by the UK Government, you are exempt from having to take a day 8 test and from quarantine. You are still required to take a day 2 test, which can be purchased here.

The full list of recognised vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination required is available here

In the event that you are not fully vaccinated or part of the vaccination programmes currently recognised, you must continue to use a day 2 day 8 test.

For an overview of the latest requirements, please see the guidance on GOV.UK here

We carefully manage the number of tests we sell, to match how many tests our laboratories can process. If we sell more than we can test, everyone suffers.

My date is “sold out.” Will there be more available?

From time to time a test for a sold out “Date of Arrival into the UK” may come back into stock as we process cancellations, but this is a few tests per day

Sometimes the laboratories update the number of tests we can send to them meaning we can add more stock for all sold out dates

When do you add future arrival dates?

We add future arrival dates from time to time when we are happy that we have enough PCR test kits scheduled in our manufacturing plans to cover the arrival dates.

The UK Government may change the travel rules on a specific date, so we may not release future tests until the new rules are clear.

Leaving TrustPilot reviews asking for more availability

We try to act responsibly in the allocation of affordable UK Arrivals tests. Kindly please do not leave reviews related to test availability or wanting us to release more tests for a given day.

Included in the price:

  • Two PCR tests to use on Day 2 and Day 8
  • All packaging and postage to return the samples to the lab using Royal Mail

If you are not sure of your travel plans, we recommend choosing Deliver on Date Of Arrival as you can receive a full refund up to the point we process your shipment. We aim to deliver the kit on your Date of Arrival (Day 0) using a tracked delivery service. If this delivery attempt fails, the courier with try again on Day 1.

If you choose Ship Next Working Day and need to cancel, we will receive a part refund.

To cancel your order please visit our Support Centre and choose cancellation as the “Contact Reason” in order to get the fastest service.

To understand if you can receive a full or partial refund please refer to our Refunds & Returns Policy.

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 Postboxes, as shown on the Royal Mail services near you page. Just check “Show my nearest priority postboxes” 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 that, and 15% take between 3 and 5 days.

For a faster delivery to the lab, we would also recommend using Gophr . Gophr is a nationwide on demand logistics service which accepts COVID samples to return to the lab. You can order your courier via their online booking platform, for same day deliveries.

Typically we see that samples are processed within 48 hours of reaching the laboratory, with a service level agreed at 48 hours.

Results are made available immediately in the Testing For All results portal at as they are released by the laboratory.

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. If found positive, you should immediately follow the current best practise guidance provided by the NHS, which we will provided to you with your results.

Those testing positive must self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms, or for asymptomatic individuals from 10 days of the date of your test.

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.

We will provide you with specific guidance according to UK government Day 2 and Day 8 test legislation.

If you test positive you will need to self-isolate and be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

All Day 2 samples that test positive have the viral RNA sequenced to identify the viral variant present in the sample.

Testing For All is required to report all positive and negative results, and the virus variant following sequencing to Public Health England.

No. This package is specifically for Day 2 and Day 8 testing as it is routed to one of the leading laboratories in the UK that are able to perform genetic sequencing of Day 2 samples that test positive in order to identify any variants that pose a particular biosecurity threat.

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

The turn around time at our Day 2 Day 8 laboratory is often up to or in excess of 36 hours so it is not suitable for Fit to Fly or travel testing.

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 each of your Day 2 and Day 8 tests.

The name on the certificate is the name provided during activation at your test verification video call, not during purchase.

The certificate can be downloaded from our portal once you have received your results.

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 home antibody test.

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 Public Health England 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