Clinic and laboratory accredited to UKAS ISO15189
CQC Registered Clinic
Certificate signed by GMC registered GP
Government Listed Testing Centre for Test to Release
Swabs taken by trained clinicians
All documentation provided in the price
Day 2 International Arrival PCR Test
Price of test£75
When will I get my results?Results available 48 hours from reaching the lab
Why use this test?
Mandatory Day 2 Test for international arrivals from Green List Countries or arrivals from Amber List Countries that have received both doses of a COVID Vaccination.
Day 8 Test not provided.
Test must be purchased prior to arrival and booking reference number entered into Passenger Locator Form
Mandatory Day 2 Test for all international arrivals not in the UK for their Day 8 Test.
Or if you have arrived from a green list country.
Mandatory Day 2 and Day 8 International Arrival PCR Tests
Price of test£145
When will I get my results?Results available 48 hours from reaching the lab
Why use this test?
Mandatory testing for all international arrivals. Day 2 test can be carried within 2 days of arrival into the UK.
Test must be purchased prior to arrival and booking reference must be entered into the passenger locator form.
UK addresses only for all postal bookings
Green List Country Testing Package
Price of testFrom £165*
When will I get my results?Day 2 result will be received 48 hours from your sample reaching the laboratory.
Why use this test?
Test package includes outbound PCR Test with Medical Certificate for travel and Mandatory Day 2 test for all international arrivals from Green Countries.
Express Package £210 – PCR Test with Medical Certificate by midnight same day as appointment.
Standard Package £165 – PCR Test with Medical Certificate by 10pm day after appointment.
Your Day 2 test will be arranged upon your arrival to our clinics for your Outbound test.
Please visit the Gov.co.uk website to confirm the country you are travelling to is on the Green List.
Express Test to Release
Price of test£149
When will I get my results?Results available same day by Midnight * if booked before midday
Why use this test?
End your quarantine at day 5 of arrival with this test.
Standard Test to Release
Price of test£99
When will I get my results?Results are available next day by midnight
Why use this test?
End your quarantine at day 6 of arrival with this test.
Results available next day by midnight if tested in clinic
As mentioned in the Independent by travel correspondent Simon Calder.
Ryanair has chosen Midland Health as their recommended private COVID-19 testing provider in Birmingham.
Test to Release at Midland Health
At Midland Health, we offer a fast and reliable service under the new Test to Release government scheme (available from 15th December 2020), which allows you to stop self-isolating on arrival in the UK after just 5 days if you get a negative COVID-19 test result.
We provide the fastest service in the West Midlands and thanks to our express option, you can do a COVID test for travel and have your results on the same day (if the test has been done before midday).
Through our SLA we are a Government listed testing centre for the Covid test to release programme.
All tests are performed in our doctor-led laboratory, accredited by UKAS and ISO 15189, which guarantees accurate results you can trust.
Mandatory Day 2 and Day 8
International Arrival PCR Tests
Planning to travel to England from overseas? Midland Health's modern testing facilities in Birmingham, Liverpool and Leicester now also offer a Day 2 and Day 8 COVID Test package in line with the latest government requirements.
We have trained medical professionals on-site, so you won’t have to worry about doing the PCR swab yourself. However, if you prefer mail-in testing, we have a 24-hour courier service ready to deliver your COVID tests to you on days 2 and 8 of your quarantine period.
As Midland Health has special UKAS and ISO 15189 accredited laboratories, we don’t need to pass your COVID tests to third-party providers and we can guarantee the quality of the results. Once your test sample arrives in our government-listed lab, you will have your results within 48 hours.
Don’t forget you must book your Day 2 and Day 8 COVID Test Package before you travel, as you will be requested to enter your booking reference number on your passenger locator form.
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COVID-19 Test to Release for Travel FAQS
The Test to Release scheme comes into effect on 15th December 2020. You cannot opt in to take part before that.
The Test to Release scheme applies to those who have travelled abroad and are required by law to self-isolate upon their return.
The scheme is voluntary and only applies to people who are quarantined in England.
Under the rules of the scheme, after a minimum of 5 days of isolation, you can opt in to take a private COVID-19 test. If your results come out negative, you can end your quarantine period early.
If you do not opt into the Test to Release scheme, you must self-isolate for a period of 10 full days after last being in a destination outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
You are allowed to book a private COVID test for travel after, you can get tested after five full days of quarantine. Provided you test negative, you can stop self-isolating immediately.
The Test to Release Scheme does not apply to people travelling from countries on the banned for travel list.
You can take a private COVID test for travel not earlier than 5 full days after you arrive in England from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
You must continue to self-isolate until you receive your test result.
If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.
You must opt in for the Test to Release scheme on the passenger locator form which you are required to fill in before your travel back to England. You can opt in once you arrive back in the UK as well.
The private COVID test for travel, if you wish to take one, also can be booked before you arrive in England, as you will be required to provide details about the test on your passenger locator form.
If you haven’t opted in before arriving, you must fill in a new passenger locator form once you arrive in England to change your preferences.
Every person in your household who has opted in for the scheme will have to have an individual test done, regardless of their age.
COVID testing under the Test to Release scheme can be done only by certified testing providers. Midland Health through its SLA is a certified provider.
You are allowed to leave your place of self-isolation, in order to travel directly to your testing location.
If you live in the Midlands, Midland Health is your local West Midlands covid testing provider. We have testing sites in Birmingham and Leicester, which makes getting to your test easy.
On the way to your test, please follow safety guidelines when you travel and, where possible, avoid public transport.
Provided you have opted into the Test to Release scheme, the earliest time you can test depends on the country you are travelling from when arriving in England.
You can get tested after five full days from your arrival from any location outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, except the countries that are subject to a travel ban.
If you haven’t opted in to the Test to Release scheme, you cannot end your international quarantine early. You must self-isolate for 10 full days.
If you test for COVID-19 under the Test to Release scheme, using a private testing provider, such as Midland Health, you can get one of three possible results:
- Negative COVID-19 test result = You can stop self-isolating immediately
- Positive COVID-19 test result = If you test positive for COVID-19 you must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the day you were tested. Anyone you live with will also have to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Inconclusive COVID-19 test result = If the results of your COVID-19 test are inconclusive, you can either book a second private COVID test for travel, or you must continue to self-isolate until the rest of the initial 14-day quarantine period.
At Midland Health, we offer the fastest coronavirus test turnaround times in the Midlands. Here are the three options you can choose from:
- Results within 48 hours
- Next day by midnight result
- Same day result (if tested before midday)
No, a negative result on the NHS Test & Trace does not allow you to end quarantine early.
Only a private COVID test for travel under the Test to Release scheme, such as the ones done here at Midland Health, can give you the right to stop self-isolating early.
If you use a negative NHS test result as a reason to end your self-isolation period early, this will be treated as a breach of quarantine and you may be fined.
According to the latest government advice, you are required to self-isolate for 10 full days from the moment you arrive from a destination outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
This means that if you arrive at 7 AM on Sunday, Monday is your first full day.
Anyone who has been in a country outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the last 10 days, you must quarantine.
Yes, a fine can be issued for breaking quarantine. A first-time offence warrants a £1,000 fine with further breaches being fined up to £10,000.
However, if you have opted in for the Test to Release scheme and have had a private COVID test return a negative result, you can legally stop self-isolating early.
Coronavirus symptoms may take up to 14 days to exhibit. You can also be a carrier of the virus without showing any symptoms at all. This is why, in order to limit the spread of the virus, you must reduce your social contact by self-isolating. This helps prevent your friends and family, as well as NHS staff and other members of the public, from contracting the virus.
At Midland Health, we have clinics and laboratories where we can perform multiple COVID tests for travel at the same time. This means you and your family can schedule to come at the same time providing you live in the same household.
No. At the time of writing, the UK Government does not allow TTR testing for people travelling from South Africa. If you are returning from the UK from South Africa, you must self-isolate for the full period of 10 days.
However if you are leaving the UK to go to South Africa then we are able to provide PCR testing with a travel certificate.
Yes, we regularly test staff at factories and occupational sites throughout the West Midlands and across the UK.
Unfortunately we do not feel a postal service for test to release will significantly reduce your 10 days quarantine period. We therefore recommend in clinic test to release tests where we will have your results on the same day if an express test is booked, or next day on a standard test.
Yes. The quickest way to get a COVID test done and a result issued is to come to one of our clinics, as we offer same-day testing services.
All our clinics and laboratories in the West Midlands appear in the Government's list of places that can carry out coronavirus testing.
Once you have taken your sample please use the pre-paid biological substances envelope (included in your kit) to post your sealed sampled back to our lab using a Royal Mail Priority Post Box.
You must not post these samples in a standard post box and also do not attend a post office to post if you are quarantined.
Yes, even if you receive a negative TTR test result and you end quarantine early, you still have to complete both mandatory COVID Tests for international arrivals - on Day 2 and Day 8 from your arrival in the country.
- If you are arriving in England from a country outside of the CommonTravel Area (United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands), you must:
Arrive with a negative PCR test (otherwise you may be subject to a fine of up to £500)
- Self-isolate for 10 days upon your arrival
- Submit a COVID PCR Test on or before Day 2 and Day 8 of your quarantine
If you have been in or have passed through a red list country within the 10 days prior to your arrival in England, you must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel.
If you are planning to travel to England from a country, not in the Common Travel Area and not on the travel ban list, you must:
- Have a negative PCR test done within 3 days of travel
- Book a Day 2 and Day 8 COVID testing package
- Complete a Passenger Locator form containing information about where you will quarantine, the booking reference number of your 2/8 Day Test Package and whether you would like to opt into the Test To Release scheme to not.
Upon your arrival in England, you must go directly to your quarantine address and stay there in self-isolation for 10 days.
You can opt in to do the PCR tests in our clinics in Birmingham, Leicester and Liverpool or you can choose to have them sent by mail to your quarantine address so you can do them at home.
If you select the second option, your PCR tests will be sent to you via our 24-hour courier service so that they arrive in time for you to complete the tests on Day 2 and Day 8.
You will have the results within 48 hours of the time your sample is received by our lab.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for further 10 days from the day of testing. People who live in the same household must also self-isolate for 10 days.
When a positive result is found, additional testing will be done to determine the variant. If a “variant of concern” is confirmed, you will receive a phone call from NHS Track & Trace for further guidance, as anyone you have been in contact with will also need to be tested.
Yes, the Day 2 and Day 8 tests are mandatory for all arrivals to England from overseas (see above for more details). Fines for not taking the required tests can go up to £2000.
At Midland Health we also provide a single Day 2 only test. This is for international arrivals who will not be in the UK to complete a Day 8 test. If you are remaining in the UK until your 8th Day, you must carry out both mandatory PCR swabs.
Yes, you are allowed to leave your place of quarantine to have your PCR swab taken at one of Midland Health’s testing centres in Birmingham, Leicester or Liverpool.
You can also leave your quarantine address to post your test samples or to receive your tests results, if necessary. Once your testing-related activity is done, you must go back to your place of quarantine immediately.
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