The test to release scheme

If you are not fully vaccinated (you have not had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England) and you’re returning from an Amber list country, you must quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days.

However, you can choose to book and pay for a PCR test on Day 5. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine. You must still book and take your Day 2 and Day 8 tests.

The test to release scheme only applies in England.

Please note: the rules for France are different to those of other Amber list countries, and you’ll need to quarantine at home for 10 days even if you are fully vaccinated. Please see our FAQs page for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use test to release in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

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No. Test to release currently only applies to England.

Can I use the government test to release if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

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No. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, test to release is not suitable for you. Visit the NHS for the latest information about what to do if you are ill with COVID-19.

How long will I have to isolate on return from a Green, Amber or Red list country?

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No one needs to quarantine at home when returning from a Green list country.

If you are not fully vaccinated (you have not had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England) and you’re returning from an Amber list country, you must quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days.

Or in England only you can choose to book and pay for a PCR test on Day 5 (known as “test to release”). If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine. You can purchase a HALO Test for this purpose. You must still book and take your Day 2 and Day 8 tests.

Please note: the rules for France are different to those of other Amber list countries, and you’ll need to quarantine at home for 10 days even if you are fully vaccinated. Please see our FAQs page for more details.

Everyone returning from a Red list country needs to quarantine for 10 days at a managed quarantine hotel.

See official government guidelines for more details

Please note: our travel advice is intended as a guide only – rules change frequently and it is your responsibility to ensure the advice we have provided is still relevant at the time of travel. HALO cannot be held responsible for any changes to this advice. 

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