Covid-19 UK International Arrivals Testing Day 2 and 8
Mare St Clinic is now offering COVID-19 Day 2 and Day 8 testing for International Arrivals.
We have passed the assurance process put in place by the UK Government and are now an authorized supplier as listed on the Gov.uk website.
The test is not suitable for those who are traveling from a Red List country or require Pre-Travel testing or wish to get tested under the Test To Release Scheme. Please click on the Covid-19 tab above to search our full range of Covid-19 tests available.
Price: £139 (Including Postage and Royal Mail Pre-paid Tracked 24 Return Envelope)
What are the Day 2 and 8 Tests?
As of August 2nd, people traveling to the United Kingdom from a Green or Amber list country and double vaccinated and not traveling from a red list country can:
Not Self-isolate upon arrival;
Take a compulsory RT-PCR home test on day 2
Please see further information on the government website.
What to do before traveling to the United Kingdom?
Here is what you need to do before arriving in the United Kingdom:
Book and pay for your Day 2 and/or 8 tests, which will include the RT-PCR tests to be taken on day 2 and/or day 8 of your quarantine;
Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will self-isolate when you arrive and with your Test Package booking reference number.
** The booking reference number will be supplied to you via a separate email once we have an order confirmation.
The booking reference number will start with the Prefix: MARES followed by a 7 digits.
How does it work?
You will need to order your test package before your arrival to the UK, as you will need to provide your booking reference on your Passenger Locator Form.
The package includes 2 RT-PCR tests that you will receive at home. You will need to carefully follow the instructions of the self-swab and return your kits straight after using them.
The Day 2 test must be done on Day 2 of your self-isolation - results will be ready with 72 hours
The Day 8 test must be done on Day 8 of your self-isolation - results will be ready within 48 hours
Do both tests individually on the allocated days and send your kit back to our partnering UKAS accredited laboratory via the included return packaging.
Please note that these tests are not part of the Test to Release scheme. You will still need to finish your self-isolation period regardless of the results of your tests.
Where can I order my test?
You can now order your Day 2 and 8 tests with Mare St Clinic as we are on the Government's list of providers.
Please note that you will still need to do your Day 8 test even if you take part in the Test to Release scheme and finish your self-isolation on day 6.
THE TRAVEL TEST PACKAGE WILL BE DELIVERED DIRECTLY THROUGH YOUR POSTBOX.
How Long does it take to get my results?
Please read the instructions included with your kit exceptionally carefully. Send the test back by Royal Mail Pre-paid Tracked 24 return envelope (Included) to the address on the instructions, or by any courier service that will deliver a Category B sample. Once the laboratory receives the test, the results will be available in 24 hours.
Please send your results back securely in the packaging provided by placing them in a Royal Mail Priory postbox before Midday. To find your closest Priority postbox, please visit https://www.royalmail.com/services-near-you#/ PLEASE NOTE A SELECTED NUMBER OF PRIORITY POST BOX'S ARE COLLECTED ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY - PLEASE CHECK VIA THE WEBSITE.
** Important Notice **
Please note, the demand for this home testing kit clinical service is high. Your testing kit will generally arrive within 2 working days if you order from us before 3 PM. However, they will always arrive within 2 working days from the date of your order.
Do you Require either a Day 2 or Day 8 test kit only?
Some travelers may only require Day 2 or Day 8 test kits depending on their journey details, especially if they are within the UK for less than 10 days.
You can purchase Day 2 and Day 8 test kits separately via our Online Store or click the button below.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Lateral Flow Test?
The UK government is using Lateral Flow Tests as a quick way to determine if someone is infected with COVID-19, particularly asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Our lateral flow test involves taking a nasal swab and processing it using a small device that comes with the kit. It looks for a specific antigen, which is an indicator of the presence of COVID-19. The short processing time of this test makes it ideally suited for frequent testing, such as for travelers or in workplaces and educational institutes.
What is Day 2 Lateral Flow Certificate?
A Day 2 certificate is generated and supplied if the test result is negative. The Day 2 certificate includes your name, date of the results, passport number, date of birth, name of the test, and your test result, among other details that can be presented to authorities. It is signed by our lab's specialist.
How long does it take to get the result of a Lateral Flow Test?
Our Lateral Flow Test takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes to provide the results. This is the amount of time it takes after you have taken the swab sample and finished the rest of the process.