Day 2 PCR Test

Reliable, affordable Day 2 PCR testing

This is for arrival into the UK for travellers who have not been vaccinated or not vaccinated as a programme approved by the UK Government. Please refer to the FAQ section below for further guidance. This test is suitable for delivery across Mainland UK.

We offer Ship Next Working Day or Deliver on Date of Arrival as shipping methods. Please head to the FAQ section for further information

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

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 the same day.

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

Monday – 2.5 days
Tuesday – 2.5 days
Wednesday – 2.5 days
Thursday – 2.5 days
Friday – 4 days
Saturday – 3.5 days
Sunday – 3.5 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.

If you require a faster service, we recommend that you use a clinic or drive through test that does not use Royal Mail to return the sample to the laboratory.

As we ship for your Date Of Arrival 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.

You can take your test anytime between Day 0 and Day 2, but we recommend testing as soon as possible in order to limit your self-isolation period.

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

We offer two shipping methods, both using tracked delivery services:

  • Ship Next Working Day, using Royal Mail Track24 : Your order will be processed by our fulfilment partner to be despatched same day if ordered before 1PM Monday-Friday, and next working day after 1PM
  • Deliver on Date of Arrival using DPD Next Day: Despatch to arrive on Date of Arrival (Day 0)

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.

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

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:

  • One PCR test to use on Day 2
  • All packaging and postage to return the samples 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 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.

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 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 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 your Day 2 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 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 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