Covid-19 Test to Release Scheme for international travel
Are you flying back from a country on England’s quarantine list? The government’s Test to Release scheme could reduce the time you need to quarantine on your return to England.
From 15th December 2020 you have the option to pay to take a private Covid-19 PCR test after completing five days of self-isolation. If the test result is negative, you will no longer need to self-isolate.
We’re delighted to have teamed up with SYNLAB, a GOV.UK approved provider, to offer our customers a first class Covid-19 testing locally and at an affordable price. You can book via their website where you’ll find all the information you need to know. It costs £59.99 for Bristol Airport customers and £99.99 for other customers in the UK.
Frequently asked questions
From 15 December 2020, Bristol Airport customers can opt for a ‘Test to Release’ on their Passenger Locator Form (PLF) prior to travel or 48 hours before they return to the UK.
Customers will be able to book and pay for the Covid-19 PCR test via SYNLAB’s website, where they will need to register an account. To register they will complete a form entering their outbound and inbound flight and passenger details and follow the online instructions for payment. The cost of the test is £59.99 for Bristol Airport customers and £99.99 for other customers in the UK.
On payment the passenger will receive an email to confirm their test kit order and the Test reference number you require for the PLF The COVID-19 kit/s will be sent to order address the passenger has identified as their place of quarantine. The Passenger will be given a virtual appointment time to log on to the digital portal following a full five days of self-isolation. The appointment consists of an instruction to watch a video and complete the sample collection process with a virtual appointment including how to package the sample and post to SYNLAB.
Each passenger must have a completed the test, they will be guided by the video and test instructions how to complete the Test Request Form (TRF) with the correct information and how to package up the sample and simply return it to the SYNLAB laboratory using the Royal Mail Tracked 24 postal service. The test results are sent to you via email within 24 hours of the sample reaching the lab. If the test result is negative, then they will no longer need to quarantine. If the test result is positive, they will need to follow Government guidance and continue to self-isolate for the required length of time.
Under 18’s must have an adult on the booking to allow a test to go ahead with SYNLAB.
The Test to Release Covid-19 test must be a PCR swab. PCR testing is the most sensitive test that is currently available, able to detect active infection some days before the patient is infectious or symptomatic. It is the gold standard test; used in the NHS daily. The test offered by SYNLAB will be COVID-19 PCR Swab Test (PCR-RNA SARS-CoV-2).
PCR testing is performed in machines that cycle through different temperatures. As the process of changing temperature takes some time, the process is longer than other processes.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, we advise you to contact the NHS by calling 111. For a full list of COVID-19 symptoms, read here
You will be notified by email following the analysis of your test sample 48 hours from taking the swab. The email will advise you to access your DocHQ Portal to view your result and download your result.
You MUST quarantine until you have a negative result.
NOTE: You should isolate until you have your negative result back.
Once you have the negative report from SYNLAB using DocHQ portal you can stop the 10 days of isolation. Please be aware that the test results are only valid for the time and date that you did the swab, any potential infection after this point cannot be ruled out.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, but the result is negative we advise you to contact the NHS by calling 111. For a full list of COVID-19 symptoms, read here
Once you have the positive report from SYNLAB using DocHQ portal even if you do not shown symptoms you must isolate for 10 days from the date of the test taken.
If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from when your symptoms started.
COVID-19 test result was carried out you must self-isolate for the next ten days. For further guidance on self-isolation, read here
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly and accurately about your recent contacts through NHS Test and Trace to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate.
SYNLAB UK & Ireland are the laboratory with Government Approval for Test to Release.
SYNLAB is committed to advancing scientific and clinical practice through innovation, research and development. All laboratories comply with industry standards and hold the accreditations relevant to their field of work.
For more information on Test to release with SYNLAB visit the FAQs humanmedicine.synlab.co.uk/test-to-release.
DocHQ are digital healthcare providers. In this process DocHQ provide technical support to SYNLAB UK & Ireland.
The platforms for SYNLAB Test to Release ordering and booking, medical background information and provision of result certificates to the customer are clinically led by DocHQ. For more information on Test to release with SYNLAB and DocHQ visit the FAQs humanmedicine.synlab.co.uk/test-to-release.
Full government guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel.