Test To Release
Reduce your self-isolation period with our Real Time (RT) PCR Covid-19 tests. Results available within 48 hours of reaching one of the UK’s leading laboratories.
The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England. The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only. Please note this is not a Fit To Fly product.
Swab your throat and nose and place the swab into the collection tube provided and send to our certified medical partner lab for analysis.
Business customers: click here to order larger quantity of COVID-19 tests
Number of biomarkers tested: 1
You will be sent a PCR sampling kit which includes everything you need to take your sample and send to our testing laboratory with a postage paid mailing bag.
Kits will arrive by DPD Courier as standard or DX Courier if you pay for this shipping upgrade. A Royal Mail Tracked 24 return label is also provided with every kit for you to return to our centre unless you choose to purchase the upgrade to our DX Tracked Specimen Service drop-off (select “Express Shipping” in the checkout) which offers a guaranteed next day delivery for samples sent Monday – Friday. You can see all the DX locations here: https://bit.ly/38lB3sI
Please remember if you choose DX you have to arrange to drop off your sample to a DX location.
Each kit includes:
• Nasal & throat swab sample kit
• ISO 17025 UKAS accredited lab testing
• Results within 48 of sample being received at lab
• Email and text alerts to confirm your sample has arrived at the lab and when results are ready
• Royal Mail tracked 24 shipping labels
• Order by 3pm for same day dispatch Monday – Friday (excludes Bank Holidays)
• DPD Delivery available 7 days a week
You can order your tests in advance prior to your departure or arrival in the UK.
– Kits dispatched the day before your arrival if ordered before 3pm Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
– Orders placed after 3pm Friday will be dispatched on the following Monday
– DPD delivery 7 days a week
– DX delivery Monday-Saturday
Sample Return Options
You can choose any of the following:
- Free Royal Mail Tracked 24 (included)
- DX Tracked Specimen Drop-off (purchase at checkout for £10/kit)
- Arrange your own courier (at customer expense)
- Drop off to lab (at customer expense)
1. Royal Mail Tracked 24
to return your sample to our laboratory. You must return your sample using a Royal Mail priority post box. Please check the postbox collection time to avoid delays. The tracked 24 service is intended for next day delivery but this is not guaranteed by Royal Mail. This can take 1-2 working days. Please take note of your tracking number to check on the delivery status of your returned sample.
Please note, we cannot be held responsible for delays out of our control or lost samples.
Due to current delays we recommend using this service only if returning Monday-Friday.
Samples returned on Saturday after 11am & all day Sunday are expected to arrive at the lab on the following Tuesday.
Please note that your test can only be returned using Royal Mail priority postboxes. Do NOT take to a Post Office as they won’t accept and it may delay your sample.
Find your nearest Priority postboxes at: www.royalmail.com/services-near-you
2. DX Tracked Specimen Drop-off (£10/kit)
Drop off your sample at any of DX sample return points. There are 55 points across the UK (some might require a booking in advance, please check here). Your sample will be collected from the drop box Monday to Friday and is transported to our lab overnight. Click here to find your nearest drop off location.
3. Arrange your own courier (at customer expense)
If you would prefer not to return your sample using the provided free Royal Mail Tracked 24 returns label, you can arrange your own courier to deliver your sample. The address for our lab is C/O Health Hub, Unit 6 Osyth Close, Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton NN4 7DY.
4. Drop off to our laboratory (at customer expense)
If it is safe and you are able to do so, you can drop your sample off to the laboratory.
Our opening times for sample drop off are: 7 days a week 9am – 6pm
At the entrance of the building is a yellow bin labelled ‘Covid tests’. Please place your sample in the bin and our regular sample collection will pick this up. You do not need to meet anyone to do this. During the weekend please press the bell next to the shutter to advise the team you you are dropping a Covid sample off before placing this in the yellow bin labelled ‘Covid tests’ at the entrance of the building.
The laboratory address is:
C/O Health Hub, Unit 6 Osyth Close, Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton NN4 7DY.
If your country is not on the travel corridor list you will need to order your Test to Release kit if you wish to shorten your self-isolation period, subject to a negative result.
Day 1: Arrive in the United Kingdom. You need to go straight to your self isolation destination and follow the UK Government instructions.
Day 5: After 5 full days of self isolation you can now take your test. Follow the instructions and send back your sample using the provided postage paid mailing bag.
Day 6/7: Sample arrives at our partner laboratory for testing
Day 7/8: You will be notified by email and SMS text that your results are ready. If a negative result is returned, you are able to end your self-isolation period.
Collect: Collect your sample by swabbing the back of your throat, then nose.
Send: Return your sample to the lab in the pre-paid return postage mailing bag.
Results are available online within 48 hours from when your sample is received by the lab. We are not liable for any delays due to increased demand or delays with postage.
Our Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by RT-qPCR test is approved by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Our tests are performed by an ISO 17025 UKAS accredited lab supporting the NHS and healthcare industry. Check My Body Health are a gov.uk approved private test provider.
After 5 full days of self isolation you can now take your test. Do not take you test or send before otherwise you will void your test. Follow the instructions and send back your sample using the provided postage paid mailing bag. Samples should be sent to the lab the same day as you collect them. The test can only detect if you were infected with SARS-CoV-2 at the time you’ve collected your sample. The test does not check if you have been infected with the virus previously.
You will be sent a PCR sampling kit which includes everything you need to take your sample and send to our testing laboratory with a postage paid mailing bag. Kits will arrive by post by Royal Mail Tracked 24. A Royal Mail Tracked 24 return label is also provided with every kit for you to return to our testing centre.
If you have purchased the DX return option you must drop off your sample at a DX location.
Please note that all PCR tests can only be returned using Royal Mail priority postboxes. Priority postboxes are listed on the Royal Mail website at https://www.royalmail.com/services-near-you
You can select DX return shipping during checkout. This is charged at £10/kit.
You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from a testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.
Your test results will be described as negative, positive or unclear.
Your information will be used for reporting positive test results to PHE only. We will hold this information for a period of one month in case the PHE need further information, after this time it will be deleted. If further clarification is required after this period we may need to request the information from you again.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Test to Release scheme is not available to anyone who has been in or through any country that is subject to a travel ban in the 10 days before arrival in England.
If you arrive in England and have been somewhere that is subject to a travel ban during the last 10 days you must complete a passenger locator form and self-isolate along with members of your household.
You will be able to monitor your return shipping on the Royal Mail website. Please take a note of your tracking number before returning.
We will notify you by email and text message as soon as your sample arrive at the lab.
Every test is allocated a redemption code which we call a “unique reference number”. This number is included on your order confirmation.
You will need this number to complete your passenger locator form on the Government website.
You will be notified by email and text message when your results are ready.
They will be available through your secure dashboard. You will also be able to download in PDF format and print out your results.
How it works
Choose your test
Take control of your health from our range of home-to-lab tests and we’ll send the kit straight to your door.
Post your sample
Simply collect your sample at home and return it to our network of fully accredited labs for expert analysis.
Get your results
Your results will be delivered via our secure online health hub within days.