COVID-19 PCR Test to Release Testing

We offer private Covid-19 PCR testing as part of the UK government scheme to allow travellers returning to England to reduce their self-isolation time.
  • Quick and easy testing at home or in clinic
  • Wait and return courier service in London
  • Access to test taking, advice and consultations from experienced private GPs
  • Results available SAME DAY or routine results within 24 to 48 hours
 Please ensure you read the information below carefully and if you have any questions please get in touch with us at

From the 15th December 2020 the UK government has allowed travelers returning from a destination NOT on the travel corridor list to pay for a private PCR test after 5 full days of isolating in England. A PCR test checks to see if the person has the virus which causes Covid-19 at the time of the test.

The most up to date travel corridor list is here. All persons are required to have a test to end isolation early, including children, unless you fall into a special exemption category. The scheme is entirely voluntary, if you do not wish to test you can complete your 10-day isolation at home. The ‘Test to release’ scheme and rules only apply to England, more information is available from the government website here.

Please note currently if you arrive in England and have been in any of the ‘red list’ countries below in the last 10 days then you must isolate for 10 days and cannot be released early by ‘test to release’. This list may change at short notice, the latest list is available here.

Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Portugal, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

The UK government introduced mandatory testing for all arrivals in England on 15th February 2021. These tests are taken a Covid-19 PCR test on days 2 and 8 after arrival. They are currently only available from the government website. These tests are completely separate from the ‘Test to release’ scheme. Travelers from ‘red list’ countries are also required to enter managed hotel quarantine. Details of the day 2 and 8 tests and hotel quarantine are available from the government website here.

Step 1. When can you take your test

If you wish to take part in the Test to release scheme you will need to book a test and enter the test details on your passenger locator form. This can be done before or after you arrive in England. If you arrange your test after arrival you will need to complete a new passenger locator form available here after you have booked your test.

You are required to isolate for at least 5 FULL days after you were last somewhere NOT on the travel corridor list. You may not undertake your test before the 5th full day. For example, if you leave a non-exempt country on Monday your first full day of isolation is Tuesday and the earliest you can take your test is Saturday.

Please carefully work out which day you need to test. We will also double-check based on the information you provide.

Step 2. Book an at-home or in-clinic test

Before you start the booking process please have the following information to hand, this is needed for each person booking a test.

Name, date of birth, usual address (and address where they will be self-isolating if different), gender, ethnicity, NHS number (if known), all countries visited in the 10 days before their arrival in England, flight number (or vessel or coach number) and passport number.

Follow the booking link at the bottom of the page and enter your information carefully.

Step 3. Your test day

After you have made your booking you will receive an instant email confirmation including booking reference. You will need the booking reference to complete your government passenger locator form.

At-Home Test

For our local and Central London based clients we use a trained courier service to drop your test kits. They will wait for 10 minutes whilst you complete your swab test kit. It will contain full instructions on how to take your sample. It is important to follow the instructions carefully to get an accurate result. Return the completed kit to our courier and we will return your test kit to our laboratory the same day.

Clients further afield in England will have their test kits dispatched by registered Royal Mail next day post. The kit will contain full instructions on how to take a swab safely at home. Once complete the swab kits are placed into the secure packaging and the package can be returned by Royal Mail next day special delivery. The package will already be fully labeled ready to post, check you are using one of the Royal Mail designated priority postboxes on their website here. Due to the ongoing pandemic delay are possible in postage, if you would prefer to use a courier service please contact our team after you have booked for pricing.

In-Clinic Test

We are able to offer appointments at both of our clinics based in West London. Swab samples are taken by our experienced private GPs, in a safe and welcoming environment. We are able to safely swab adults and children. Following your test, we arrange a private courier to take your sample to the laboratory the same day.

All swab samples are analysed by a government-approved private UKAS registered laboratory, their current turn around time is 24-48 hours from the time they receive your sample. When your result is available we will send you confirmation by email and text message. We can arrange a same-day results for tests taken at our clinics before 11am for travel purposes only. An additional £90 fee for this will apply to our standard charges.

In the event of a positive result for the virus which causes Covid-19 our doctors will be available for advice and to ensure you receive the best care.


  • At home testing
    • £200 including delivery fees, swab test kit, laboratory fees, and certificate.
    • Additional charges will apply if a courier service is required outside of SW6, SW10 and Central London addresses.
  • In-clinic testing
    • £250 including swab sample taking by GP, swab test kit, laboratory fees, and certificate.
  • Same-day results available for additional £90 charge for travel purposes only. Samples must be received in the clinic before 11:00; please contact us to confirm availability after booking.

If you have any further questions, your situation changes, or difficulty booking online please book get in touch with our reception team at

Whilst Coyne Medical Ltd will do everything it can to ensure prompt service, Covid-19 PCR tests are highly scientific tests, they must be processed by an external government accredited laboratory who may from time to time experience delays during the ongoing pandemic. We can accept no responsibility for financial losses, travel cancellations, disruption, or refusal to travel due to failed or later delivery of test kit and/or reported test results. All Covid-19 test results will be reported to Public Health England, this is a legal requirement, in the event of a positive test your contact details may be passed to authorities including the NHS Test and Trace service.


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