Testing Hubs Day 8 Travel Test 101 Testing is a government listed provider for day 2 and day 8 testing Instant Booking Reference Number provided for Passenger Locater Form Mail Order For individuals who are not fully vaccinated

What test do I need?

Day 2 Lateral Flow/Antigen

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

Day 2 & 8 PCR Tests

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

*Fully Vaccinated – Had both vaccination doses in Europe, UK or USA or  approved vaccination programme abroad – please see FAQs below or the government website here for more information including a list of the countries with approved vaccination programmes 

Step 1

Kits sent out by next day working delivery with tracking notification or pick up kit from testing site. 

Step 2

Return kit using free Royal Mail Track 24 postage. Alternatively you can drop sample at testing site for quicker results.

Step 3

Our lab then process the sample within 24 hours of receipt (usually sooner). You can then download your certificate by logging into your account.

 

Mail Order

Kits sent by next working day delivery to reach you on day after arrival.

Free enclosed return Royal Mail Track 24 postage usually takes one working day to reach the lab – please see the How It Works page for guidance and tips on which postal boxes to use to reduce postal times.

Testing Sites

Pick your kit up and drop your sample back to testing site anytime during opening hours.

Samples taken from testing site to laboratory daily – drop off your sample before the drop off cut off time for quicker results (please take note of drop off cut off times for each location)

If you have received a postal kit you can still drop off at a testing site for quicker results

Twilight Pharmacy,
309 Bolton Road,
Birmingham,
B10 0AU

02034888434

Monday to Saturday 8AM-11PM
Sunday 10AM-8PM
Closed on bank holidays

Cut off time 6pm Monday to Sunday for samples to be sent to lab on that day

101 Testing,
223 Stoney Lane,
Sparkbrook,
Birmingham,
B12 8AS

02034888434

Monday to Friday 9AM-6PM
Saturday and Sunday 12PM-4PM
Closed on bank holidays

Cut off time 6pm on Monday to Friday and 4pm on Saturday/Sunday for samples to be sent to lab on that day

Desbox Unit G15
E Richardson St
High Wycombe
HP11 2GG

02034888434

Monday to Friday 10AM-4PM
Saturday and Sunday 10AM-11.30AM

Cut off time 4pm Monday to Friday and 11.30am Saturday and Sunday for samples to be sent to lab on that day

Touchwood Pharmacy
240 Streatham High Road
LONDON
SW16 1BB

02034888434

Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 2pm
Closed on bank holidays

Cut off time 4pm Monday to Friday and 11am Saturday for samples to be sent to lab on that day

Midlands Pharmacy
Office 4 Courtyard Business Centre
Southwold Drive
Nottingham
NG8 1PA

02034888434

Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm
Closed on bank holidays

Cut off time 4pm Monday to Friday for samples to be sent to lab on that day

Moss Bridge House
Moss Bridge Road
Rochdale, Lancashire
OL16 5EA

02034888434

Monday to Friday 9AM-5PM
Saturday-Sunday Closed
Closed on bank holidays

Cut off time 4pm for samples to be sent to lab on that day

When will I get my test results?

It takes upto 24 hours for our laboratory to process the result so it depends what service you use to get your kit to us.

Test Sites

If you book into one of our testing sites, we get everything across to the laboratory much quicker (at the latest following morning) and therefore quicker results. 

Tracked Returns

Royal Mail tracked 24 postage usually takes one day for the samples to reach us in the lab however there maybe postal delays particularly on weekends and bank holidays. See our worked example below.

June 1st – this is considered day 0  – Arrival to UK 

June 9th (day 8) – undertake day 8 sample and return to us using free return postage *

June 10th (day 9) – kit reaches lab, may get test result same day

June 11th (day 10) – day 8 result expected

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t I just have a standard NHS test?

The government website states that fit-to-fly certificates cannot be provided by the NHS Test and Trace testing service. You must use a private company that provides tests. We offer private testing with UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) approved laboratories. A certificate, written and signed by one of our NHS General Medical Council certified doctors, will be provided upon confirming a negative test deeming you as fit-to-fly. Similarly for the day 2, 5 or 8 tests the NHS tests should not be used and you must use a private company to provide the testing.

I am unable to pay for my test online

Please check your billing address is the correct one for the card you are using. You can try to pay using another payment method, for instance Paypal if you have an account. Otherwise, please get in touch with us and we can send you a payment link or contact your bank adviser to check with them.

What is your refunds policy?

If you have booked a fit to fly test or test to release test through a testing site, you can cancel your test as long as you have notified us before the day of your test and there will be no administration charge for cancellation.

 

If you have booked a fit to fly or test to release home test kit and the kit has not been sent out a refund will be issued with no administration charge.

 

If you have booked a fit to fly or test to release home test kit and the kit has been sent out a refund will be issued if the kit has not been opened and you send the kit back to us using tracked postage and with proof of postage. Please contact our team for further guidance if you would like a refund and need to send the kit back to us. There will be a £10 administration charge for a cancellation of a postal fit to fly/test to release kit once we have sent the kit out.

 

If you have booked a day 2 or day 2/8 test, then we will have issued a Passenger Locator Form number (same as booking reference number we issue) and there are no refunds once this number has been issued. If your travel plans have changed and you are coming to the UK at a different date you can use the travel locator form number for when you do come, please get in touch with us and we will arrange for delivery according to your arrival date.

Am I able to travel to a testing hub if I’m in quarantine?

Yes, you are able to travel for the purposes of testing whilst in quarantine after arrival back to the UK so you can travel to a testing hub for the Test to Release test or the day 2/8 test whilst in quarantine.

How will I know when my results are ready?

You will receive email notification when your results are ready, you will then need to login to your account to check your results and download your certificate.

How can I perform the test myself?

Do not worry, all of our home tests come with very clear instructions. You can always contact our customer service team on orders@101testing.co.uk or on phone if you need any help. Please also check the ‘How It Works’ page of the website. Please make sure that you read the instruction form carefully and that you complete the check list at the end of your instruction sheet.

Where can I find my reference number for my Passenger Locator Form?

Your reference number will be located in your confirmation email.

It can also be found in the ‘My account’ section of the website after you have clicked on your specific order. It starts with PHCTE and is followed by 7 digits.

What happens if I do not register my test?

If you do not register your test, it will come back to our lab but we won’t be able to know that it is yours and you will not get your results.

You will need to pay for a replacement test – please get in touch with our team and we can organise this for you.

What happens if I prolong my stay beyond 8 days, after only having booked a Day 2 Test package?

You can book a separate Day 8 only Travel Test package here

This is only if you needed a day 2 and 8 test in the first place i.e if you are not not fully vaccinated under an approved vaccination programme

If I test positive on either test, what happens?

If either test—day 2 or 8—are positive, you must quarantine for an additional 10 days. More info will be provided with your test results. The purpose of the day 2 and 8 tests is to detect any travellers with a variant of coronavirus.  A positive test result is therefore further analysed at our laboratory with genome sequencing to look for this – there will be no additional cost if this needs to be done.

Some tests may show that a person has a “variant” of the coronavirus. This will result in contact tracing and Public Health England involvement.

There is more information regarding this available on the government website.

Are the Day 2&8 tests different to the Test to Release test ?

Yes! We know guidelines and legislation are constantly changing and it can be difficult to keep up. The Test to Release test involves a PCR test taken on day 5 after your arrival with the purpose of releasing you early from your quarantine. The Test to Release test is optional whereas the day 2 / day 2& 8 tests are mandatory. More information on the Day 5 Test to Release test can be found on our relevant page regarding it.

Please note  even if you test negative through the Test to Release test and finish your quarantine early, you would still need to take your day 8 test.

If I wish to travel from a red list country, what should I do?

If you’re travelling from, or have passed through a red list country in the 10 days prior to arrival in England, you must book a quarantine hotel package which involves quarantining for ten days in a hotel with the tests provided as part of the package. More information on this can be found here.

When is my quarantine over?

If you are fully vaccinated (had both doses from an approved vaccination programme/country), you do not need to quarantine.

If you are not fully vaccinated and you have returned two negative tests for day 2 and 8 you must quarantine for the full 10 days unless you have taken the Test to Release test which can be taken on day 5 after your arrival.

Please note if your day 8 test is negative, you must still quarantine for the full 10 days.

If your day 2 is positive you must quarantine from 10 days after your day 2 result. If you receive a positive result for your day 2 test, you will not be required to take any further tests.

However, people you are staying with who are also taking day 2/8 tests will need to take a day 8 test test if they have received a negative result from their day 2 test and have not developed symptoms.

If your day 8 test is not taken you must quarantine for 14 days.

If your day 8 test is positive you must quarantine for a further 10 days from your day 8 test date.

If your day 8 test is inconclusive, you will need to do a further test and quarantine until a negative test result or 14 days.

How do I get to my quarantine location?

You may use whatever mode of transportation necessary to travel to your quarantine location. Only use public transport if absolutely necessary. Do NOT travel by public transport if you have any symptoms at all.

How should I prepare for my trip to UK?

Within 3 days of your travel date to England, you will need to take a Covid-19 pre departure test if you are not fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to take a pre departure test to enter the UK. You will need to have bought a day 2 or day 2/8 Test Package before boarding for England.

passenger locator form must be completed with your quarantine address and your Passenger Locator Form number which we provide on booking.

Do I need to consider transit stops for the day 2 and 8 tests?

When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. This includes transit stops.

 

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

Do children need to take the day 2 and day 8 tests?

The rules for children depend on age and country of residence.

 

 

For those children resident in the UK or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination (click here for further information);

Children of all ages resident of these countries do not have to quarantine on arrival in England.

If they are aged 4 and under they do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

If aged 5 to 17 year olds:

  • do not have to take a COVID-19 test before travel to England
  • must take a day 2 lateral flow (antigen) test, after arrival to the UK, on or before day 2 post arrival – arrival day is day 0

 

For those children not resident in the UK or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination

They must follow quarantine rules.

If aged 4 or under they do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

 

If aged 5 to 10;

  • must take  day 2 and 8 PCR tests

 

If aged 11 to 17 they must:

  • take a COVID-19 test before travelling to England
  • must take a day 2 and 8 PCR test

 

What does fully vaccinated mean?

What you need to do when you travel to England depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have been fully vaccinated with a full course of an approved vaccine under:

You can still travel to England if you do not qualify as fully vaccinated but you must then undertake day 2 and 8 PCr tests on arrival and quarantine for ten days at home or any other location.

If you qualify as fully vaccinated you need to do a Day 2 PCR test on arrival and need to self isolate until you receive your negative result.

What are the testing requirements for when I return to UK?

Travellers to the UK (apart from if travelled from within the common travel area) must;

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure if they are not fully vaccinated
  • book post-arrival testing, day 2 PCR test if fully vaccinated or day 2 and 8 PCR tests if not fully vaccinated)
  • complete a UK passenger locator form

The testing requirements depend on whether you have arrived from a ‘Red listed’ country and countries not on the red list –  more information on this can be found on the government website.;

Arriving from a ‘Red’ country –  you will need to quarantine in a quarantine hotel, purchase a hotel quarantine package that includes hotel and testing.

Arriving from any other countries; if you are fully vaccinated you will need to take a day 2 PCR test and need to self isolate until you receive your negative result.  If you are NOT fully vaccinated you will need to take day 2&8 PCR tests and will need to quarantine for ten days.

If you have arrived from somewhere in the common travel area you do not need to do any tests on arrival.

The common travel area is the UK, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and Ireland. All British Overseas Territories are NOT included in the list. For more information, please visit the government website.

How accurate are your tests?

Our PCR tests are 98.5% sensitive and 99% specific.

Tests are evaluated on several criteria, in particular their sensitivity and their specificity:

● Sensitivity: The sensitivity of a test is also called the true positive rate (TPR) and is the proportion of samples that are genuinely positive that give a positive result using the test in question. Our tests are 98.5% sensitive.
● The specificity of a test, also referred to as the true negative rate (TNR), is the proportion of samples that test negative using the test in question that are genuinely negative. Our tests are 99% specific.
The tests selected have been proven to show excellent performance, double checked by internal studies and have been validated by international scientific bodies

What are the testing requirements for when I return to UK? + -

Travellers to the UK (apart from if travelled from within the common travel area) must;

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
  • book post-arrival testing (day 2 or day 2 and 8)
  • complete a UK passenger locator form

The testing requirements depend on whether you have arrived from a ‘Green’, ‘Amber’ or ‘Red’ listed country -  more information on this can be found on the government website.

Arriving from a ‘Green’ country - you need to do a day 2 test

 

Arriving from an ‘Amber’ country and are fully vaccinated  - you need to do a day 2 test 

 

Arriving from an  ‘Amber’ country and not fully vaccinated - you need to do a day 2 and 8 test and need to quarantine for 10 days

 

Arriving from a ‘Red’ country -  you will need to quarantine in a quarantine hotel, purchase a hotel quarantine package that includes hotel and testing.

 

If you have arrived from somewhere in the common travel area you do not need to do any tests on arrival.

The common travel area is the UK, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and Ireland. All British Overseas Territories are NOT included in the list. For more information, please visit the government website.

What does fully vaccinated mean? + -

Fully vaccinated means you have had BOTH vaccination doses under either

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • the UK vaccine programme overseas
  • an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA - not all are recognised in England

For further information on this, see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

Do children need to take the day 2 and day 8 tests? + -

Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.

Do I need to consider transit stops? + -

When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. This includes transit stops.

 

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

How should I prepare for my trip to UK? + -

Within 3 days of your travel date to England, take a Covid-19 test with a negative result (please see government. You will need to request and buy a day 2 or day 2/8 Test Package before boarding for England.

 

A passenger locator form must be completed with your quarantine address and your Passenger Locator Form number which we provide on booking.

If I wish to travel from a red list country, what should I do? + -

There is a ban on travel from red list countries to the UK. If you’re travelling from, or have passed through a red list country in the 10 days prior to arrival in England, you must adhere to the UK government’s guidelines.

How do I get to my quarantine location? + -

You may use whatever mode of transportation necessary to travel to your quarantine location. Only use public transport if absolutely necessary. Do NOT travel by public transport if you have any symptoms at all.

When is my quarantine over? + -

If you are travelling from a ‘green’ listed country, you do not need to quarantine. If you test positive on the day 2 test you would need to quarantine for a further 10 days from the date of the test.


If you are travelling from an ‘amber’ listed country and you have returned two negative tests for day 2 and 8 you must quarantine for the full 10 days unless you have taken the Test to Release test which can be taken on day 5 after your arrival.


Please note if your day 8 test is negative, you must still quarantine for the full 10 days.


If your day 2 is positive you must quarantine from 10 days after your day 2 result. If you are in quarantine with people you have travelled with, they will also need to quarantine for 10 further days. If you receive a positive result for your day 2 test, you will not be required to take any further tests.

 

However, people you are staying with will need to take a day 8 test test if they have received a negative result from their day 2 test and have not developed symptoms.


If your day 8 test is not taken you must quarantine for 14 days.


If your day 8 test is positive you must quarantine for a further 10 days from your day 8 test date.


If your day 8 test is inconclusive, you will need to do a further test and quarantine until a negative test result or 14 days.

Is the Travel Test (day 2 and day 8) Package different to the Test to Release scheme? + -

Yes! We know guidelines and legislation are constantly changing and it can be difficult to keep up. The Test to Release scheme involves a PCR test taken on day 5 after your arrival with the purpose of releasing you early from your quarantine. The Test to Release scheme is optional whereas the Travel Test Package is mandatory. More information on the Test to Release scheme can be found on our relevant page regarding it.

 

Please note  even if you test negative through the Test to Release scheme and finish your quarantine early, you still need to take your day 8 test.

If I test positive on either test, what happens? + -

If either test—day 2 or 8—are positive, you must quarantine for an additional 10 days. More info will be provided with your test results. The purpose of the day 2 and 8 tests is to detect any travellers with a variant of coronavirus.  A positive test result is therefore further analysed at our laboratory with genome sequencing to look for this – there will be no additional cost if this needs to be done. 

Some tests may show that a person has a “variant” of the coronavirus. This will result in contact tracing and Public Health England involvement.

There is more information regarding this available on the government website.

When will I get my test results? + -

If you are using the postal kit option, we send the kits out to reach you by day 2 latest. It usually takes one day for the samples to reach us in the lab and then upto 24 hours for our laboratory to process the result.

 

Let’s make that easier for you with a worked example;

 

 Arrival to UK June 1st - this is considered day 0.

June 2nd to 3rd - kit arrives (day 1-2)

June 3rd (day 2) - undertake day 2 sample and return to us.

June 4th (day 3) - kit reaches lab, may get test result same day

June 5th (day 4) - day 2 result expected

June 9th (day 8) - undertake day 8 sample and return to us

June 10th (day 9) - kit reaches lab, may get test result same day

June 11th (day 10) -  result expected

What happens if I prolong my stay beyond 8 days, after only having booked a Day 2 Test package? + -

You can book a separate Day 8 only Travel Test package here (link to day 8 booking)

I am staying in the UK for less than 8 days, do I still need to book a Day 2 & 8 Test? + -

No, you can just book the Day 2 only travel test package here.

What happens if I do not register my test? + -

If you do not register your test, it will come back to our lab but we won’t be able to know that it is yours and you will not get your results.

You will need to pay for a replacement test - please get in touch with our team and we can organise this for you.

Where can I find my reference number for my Passenger Locator Form? + -

Your reference number will be located in your confirmation email.

 

It can also be found in the ‘My account’ section of the website after you have clicked on your specific order. It starts with PHCTE and is followed by 7 digits.

How can I perform the test myself? + -

Do not worry, all of our home tests come with very clear instructions. You can always contact our customer service team on orders@101testing.co.uk or on phone if you need any help. Please also check the ‘What Happens Next’ page of the website. Please make sure that you read them carefully and that you complete the check list at the end of your Instruction sheet.

How will I know when my results are ready? + -

You will receive email notification when your results are ready, you will then need to login to your account to check your results and download your certificate.

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