Day 2 PCR test
For travellers who have completed a course of a recognised vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.
You must order your Day 2 test before you return to the UK. You can order your tests as early as is convenient for you and select your preferred date of delivery during the checkout.
Swab your throat and nose and place the swab into the collection tube provided and send to our certified medical partner lab for analysis.
Number of biomarkers tested: 1
Please complete the following forms for each traveller.
You will be sent two PCR sampling kits which include 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 (included with each kit)
A free Royal Mail Tracked 24 returns label is included with every covid-19 kit 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)
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.
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. Health Hub are a gov.uk approved private test provider.
Day 2 Test
You should take your test on Day 0, 1 or 2. Your day of arrival is treated as Day 0.
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.
All results of tests will be reported within 24 hours of them becoming available. 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.