London Test to Release Express Covid-19 PCR Testing
Changes to testing regulations
- From 04:00 GMT on Sunday 9 January you will only have to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test on day 2. But this test must be bought from a private test provider – free NHS tests are not allowed. People who are fully vaccinated and those aged under-18 will no longer need to take a test two days before travelling to England from countries outside the UK and the Common Travel Area.
- Unvaccinated passengers will need to continue to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests on day two and day eight, and self-isolate for 10 days. Please see the Government website for full updates.
The Regenerative Lab are pleased to be a part of the Test to Release scheme. If you have returned to England and require a Test to Release (TTR) Covid-19 PCR test, you may visit our clinic after 5 full days of self isolation after your arrival. The in clinic cut off time for same day results varies between clinics so please check your location page. If you’re trying to book same day test after this cut-off time, we may be able to accommodate, please call to discuss.
For up to date guidance regarding international arrivals testing, please see here.
Please note: This test to release does not replace the day 2 or day 2 and day 8 compulsory government tests. You can book those separately here.
View all our testing locations and FAQ’s below.
Before Your Express Covid-19 PCR Test
Before your test:
Don’t use any nasal sprays or put anything in your nose for 24 hours before your appointment.
For 1 hour before, avoid any salty or acidic foods, alcohol, coffee, smoking, inhalants or mouthwash.
Please bring a form of identification with you.
Remember to wear a mask to your appointment and ensure that you have been symptom free for the last 14 days.
Please do not arrive early for your appointment and note that we won’t allow anyone else in with you.
What should I know about urgent PCR COVID-19 tests?
We have a team working 24-hours a day and use two in-house PCR analysis machines to get your results to you fast. Since one machine is reserved for same-day analysis, we can guarantee emergency PCR in London with same-day service in London.
Why should I use the COVID-19 PCR Testing clinic in London?
We’ve had experience offering COVID-19 PCR testing during the entire pandemic response from lockdowns to tiers and travel restrictions, so we know what’s required.
To date, we’ve completed 10,000 COVID-19 test certificates and our accuracy is superb. We now offer a faster 3 and 4-hour turnaround with a dedicated PCR analysis machine for quicker results. That’s same-day COVID-19 PCR testing in London you can trust with conveniently located sites: Marylebone, Canary Wharf, Crouch End, Notting Hill, and Putney.
Why do I need a same-day London COVID-19 express Test to Release PCR test?
On the NHS, it’s currently not possible to request a test for travel or return to work purposes and you could wait up to 5 days for your results too. Same-day London COVID-19 express PCR tests give you reassurance and peace of mind that you’re not transmitting the disease currently.
Why is it hard to get an express Test to Release COVID-19 PCR test in London?
Well, every COVID-19 PCR swab must be checked in a special laboratory under clinical conditions. Most testing clinics only transport their swabs once a day. That means you’ll -at best- receive next-day testing results. Our samples are transported by our dedicated medical couriers, on the day, directly to our in-house lab. And we’ve dedicated one entire testing machine to same-day requests so we can always meet the demand for same-day London COVID-19 express PCR tests. You just need to book an early appointment to get same-day COVID test results.
Do you provide COVID 19 PCR test travel certificates in London?
If your destination requires proof of a recent COVID-19 test in the form of a travel certificate, you may not be able to enter the country without one. A COVID-19 PCR test detects if you’re currently infected with the COVID. This test is the most widely accepted form of COVID-19 screening and is likely the type of test you need for entry.
A COVID 19 PCR test travel certificate is where a document containing your COVID 19 PCR test result is emailed to you. Since it’s signed by our Medical Director, it is approved for travel under ‘Fit to Fly’. If you need a hard copy, just print one at home.
However, as part of our home test kit package, for those in London, we can provide a visit from a healthcare professional to conduct your swab at home and deliver it back to the laboratory. Again, if this swab is delivered back to the lab by 4pm then a same day result can be available.
When can I not get a London express COVID-19 PCR test?
Don’t visit either of our London COVID-19 PCR testing clinics if, within the last 10 days:
You’ve had a positive COVID test.
You’ve had COVID-19 symptoms.
You’ve had contact with someone who has COVID or COVID symptoms.
You’ve come from a red-list country.
Private PCR COVID-19 test and a Lateral Flow Test – what’s the difference?
A lateral flow test is not as reliable as the PCR test and it’s not accepted by many airlines as proof that you’re Fit to Fly. You can always check with the country you are travelling to for confirmation before booking with us.
Can I get a Covid-19 Express Test to Release?
Yes! We offer express COVID-19 Tests to Release our locations in Marylebone, Canary Wharf, Crouch End, Notting Hill, and Putney. A Test to Release allows travellers to cut their 10-day isolation in half with a PCR test on day 5. With our 3-hour and 4-hour rapid PCR test service, you can find out on the same day if you’re free from COVID. This will allow you to resume your normal life quicker than with other, slower testing options.
Please read our booking terms and conditions before making an appointment.
Partial refund (50%) if you cancel on the same day of your test.
Full refund minus £10 admin fee will be issued if you cancel before the day of your test.
Please allow 5-10 business days for transfer.
See our full Covid Terms and Conditions.