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Covid-19 Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 for International Arrivals
This test is required by the UK Government if you are arriving in the UK from overseas. It is a mandatory requirement for those arriving in the UK from a red or amber country to take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before Day 2 of your self-isolation period, and then another test on or after Day 8 (unless you are specifically exempt). Those arriving in the UK from a green country are required to take a test on Day 2 only. All arrivals must also quarantine for 10 days, either in an approved hotel (if returning from a red list country) or an alternative approved location (if returning from any other country).
Important Information: Better2Know's Day 2 and Day 8 testing is available only to those returning to the UK from a country that is NOT a red list travel ban country. It is your responsibility to check your country of departure on the UK Government's website prior to booking.
If your Day 2 test is positive, it will undergo further testing to identify variants of Covid-19. This is important to prevent new variants from coming into the UK. Your Day 8 test is the final test before the end of your quarantine period.
Better2Know and its laboratory partners are registered private providers for Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 listed on the Government website. You must order your Day 2 and Day 8 tests before you return to the UK. Failure to do so may incur fines and other penalties. You can order your tests as early as is convenient for you, and we will ship them to you in time for your arrival in the UK.
When you order your tests, we will ask you to provide details about yourself and your journey. You will then receive a unique reference number, which you must enter on your passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK.
If you are returning to the UK from a country which is not on the UK Government’s red list, you are eligible to shorten your 10-day self-isolation period with our Test to Release on Day 5. You must still do the Day 8 test.
All orders include Special Delivery, so you can track the delivery of your kit. To order your Covid-19 Day 2 and Day 8 tests, please click the Buy Now button above and select your chosen testing option:
- Testing on Day 2 and Day 8
- Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 + Test to Release (Day 5) *DISCOUNTED PRICE*
- Testing on Day 2 Only (if you are travelling from a green list country)
Please note that our Day 2 and 8 test is not available to those returning to Scotland or Wales. It is your responsibility to check your Government's guidance.
What should I do when I arrive in the UK?
All international arrivals are required to self-isolate. You should go straight to your self-isolation address. If you are returning from a country which is on the red list, you must self-isolate in a managed quarantine hotel. If you are returning from a country which is not on the red list, you must quarantine either in your own home, with friends and family, or in a hotel. Please read more about how and where to self-isolate on the Government’s website.
When will I receive my test kits?
We will dispatch your kits together the day before you arrive in the UK. You should receive your kits on Day 0, the day you arrive in the UK. Please order your tests as early as possible prior to your arrival in the UK.
If your Day 0 falls on a Sunday or Monday, we will post your kit to you on Friday or Saturday, depending on when it is ordered.
What should I do when I receive my test kit?
Please read the instructions included in your test kit carefully. You should then collect your sample using the swab provided and send it to our laboratory on the same day using the postage-paid return envelope. The Royal Mail is experiencing severe pressure during the pandemic so you may wish to consider returning your sample using a courier of your choice.
How will I receive my results?
Your results will be available to view online in your secure patient area. We will send you an email as soon as each result is ready. You can access your patient area using the log-in details provided to you at the time of booking. Your patient area will also tell you what to do next, depending on your result. You will also be able to download a document showing proof of your results.
Can I stop self-isolating if I test negative?
In accordance with the UK Government’s guidelines, even if you test negative for Covid-19 on Day 2 or Day 8, you must continue to self-isolate for the full 10 days. You can only shorten your self-isolation period if you test negative with our Test to Release. This is a separate test which you can order from Better2Know’s website.
What if I test positive for Covid-19?
You must self-isolate for 10 days from the day after your test date, even if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19. People who you live with or are travelling with should also self-isolate for 10 days.
How much does a Covid-19 Day 2 and Day 8 test cost?
Our Day 2 and Day 8 test is available for £119. If you would like to also purchase our Test to Release, it is available in combination with our Day 2 and Day 8 test for a discounted total price of £199. If you are travelling from a green list country, you can purchase a Day 2 test on its own for £89.
What if I change my mind?
As Day 2 and Day 8 testing is a legal requirement, you are required to show your Better2Know Confirmation Number to your airline. Cancellations will only be accepted 48 hours before your time of departure to the United Kingdom. We are unable to process any cancellation after this time due to UK Government requirements.
How it works
How It Works
Buying your home test kits online is simple:
- 1 Buy your test online.
- 2 Receive it in the post.
- 3 Provide a sample.
- 4 Free return postage to the lab.
- 5 Check your results securely online.
We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Covid-19 Testing Questions
Q: Who is the Day 2 test suitable for?
The Day 2 test is suitable for anyone returning to the UK from a country that is on the Government's green list. Those travelling from a green list country do not need to take a Day 8 test.
Q: Can I purchase Better2Know's Day 2 and Day 8 Tests if I am returning from a red list country?
Our Day 2 and Day 8 testing is available only to those returning to the UK from a country that is NOT a red list travel ban country. It is your responsibility to check your country of departure on the UK Government's website before booking.
Q: Am I taking my sample correctly?
Your kit includes a full set of instructions detailing how to collect your sample.
Q: How should I send my sample to the laboratory?
Inside your test kit, you will find a postage-paid return envelope. Your sample should be sent to the laboratory with your pathology form in this envelope. Please use a Royal Mail Priority post box. You can find your nearest Priority post box on the Royal Mail website.
Q: Does my order include Special Delivery?
Yes, all Covid-19 PCR swabs include tracked, special delivery.
Q: What does the test kit look like?
Your kit will arrive in a plain grey envelope with your typed name and address.
Q: Can I track my sample to the laboratory?
Yes, your return envelope is tracked by Royal Mail. We will send you an email with your tracking number when we dispatch your kit. If you are having problems tracking your parcel, please contact Royal Mail.
Q: Why do I need to provide my email address?
Once you have placed your order, we will send you a confirmation email, along with your login details to access your results online. We will also send an email when your kit has been dispatched and to let you know when your results are ready.
Q: What if I have more questions?
You can contact our advisors by sending a message using our live chat or phoning our team who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also reply to one of the emails sent to you by Louise from Patient Services.