Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for International Travel
Approved Laboratory Service – Circular1 Health Ltd.
Pay for a COVID-19 test to find out if you can reduce your self-isolation period after international travel.
If you are unsure or require support please phone us: 0800 7999 751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.
Under the scheme you pay for a private COVID-19 test through Circular1 Health. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list. (View up-to-date list here).
The scheme applies to those self-isolating in England only. If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate until 10 full days have passed since were last in a place not on the travel corridors list.
To take part in the scheme you need to:
- Book a test with Circular1 Health, choose to opt into the scheme on the Passenger Locator Form (button below)
- You will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form.
- You must do this to take part in the scheme.
- You should book your test before you travel to England.
- This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.
- If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.
To complete the Passenger Locator Form you need:
- Your passport details your travel details,
- Including times and dates the address where you will stay in the UK (if applicable)
- Your booking reference number* and the name of the test provider Circular1 Health,
- If you’re using Test to Release to find out if you can end self-isolation early
*Circular1 use your Date of Birth, i.e. if your date of birth is 12th February 1980, your booking reference number = 12021980
You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
You can include multiple journeys in your form if you’ll enter the UK more than once in a 48-hour period.
The Passenger Locator Form element is a free service.
After you complete the form you will receive a QR code via email.
You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion.
You may be fined if you have not completed the form by the time you reach the UK border. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you’re either British or a UK resident).
Travel corridors and exempt jobs
The Test to Release scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.
You don’t need to self-isolate if:
- You have only been in the UK or somewhere on the travel corridor list in the past 10 days your job is listed as being exempt from the requirement to self-isolate
- You can also opt-in to the Test to Release scheme if you have a qualified exemption and are only allowed to leave self-isolation for some, work-related activities. For example, seasonal agricultural workers.
Circular1 Health Scheme Guidelines
- As a postal service, you can only return your swab Monday to Friday
- We rely on Royal Mail, we can offer no guarantee for timing (see film above)
- This service is for individuals who order their swab kit well in advance of their “swab date”
- Our Customer Service Team operate 7 days a week, please phone or email to discuss your requirements
- If you have been somewhere that is not on the travel corridor list in the last 10 days, you must self-isolate when you arrive in England.
- The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you were last in a place that is not on the travel corridor list.
- For most international arrivals this will be on your 5th full day of self-isolation.
You leave a country not on the travel corridor list on Monday morning and arrive in England on Monday afternoon. Tuesday will be your first full day of self-isolation. You can take a test no earlier than your 5th full day of self-isolation – Saturday. You must continue to self-isolate while you await your test result.
You are in a country that is not on the travel corridor list – a ‘non-exempt’ country. You leave the non-exempt country and you spend 2 full days in a country that is on the travel corridor list – an ‘exempt country’. You then travel to England.
The earliest you can take a test is on your 3rd full day of self-isolation in England. This is because you have already spent 2 full days in an ‘exempt country’, making a total of 5 full days.
If you test negative
If the test result is negative you can stop self-isolating as soon as you receive the result.
If you test positive for COVID-19
If the test is positive you need to self-isolate for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.
People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your positive test.
If your test is inconclusive
If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to self-isolate. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop self-isolating early.
You may be fined if you do not self-isolate.
The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.
Additional Circular 1 Health Services
In the first instance please contact:
or phone: 0800 7999 751 (7 days 8am – 8pm)