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International Arrivals Covid-19 Testing

International Arrivals Covid-19 Testing

International Arrivals

EdgCARE Private Community Family Doctors is listed on the government website for Testing for International Arrivals to the UK from Amber and Green List countries.

Amber Countries Arrivals when fully vaccinated in the UK

From Monday 19 July UK residents who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK and are returning from amber countries are required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. There is no longer a need to self-isolate on return to England or to take a day 8 test, as long as 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine.

Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate when returning to England. Children aged 4 and under are exempt from any travel testing. Children aged 5 to 10 will only need to do a day 2 PCR and 11 to 18 year olds will need to take both a pre-departure test and a day 2 PCR.

What type of Test is EdgCARE offering?

EdgCARE is offering the Covid-19 PCR swab test for "Fully Vaccinated Amber Arrivals" and Day 2 testing for children, in collaboration with our accredited partner laboratory. 

How will the test be performed?

You will attend our Drive Through Covid-19 testing centre in Edgware, North West London and meet one of our doctors whereupon you will be given a self-swab pack to perform a throat and nose swab. 

How much does it cost?

The cost for Covid-19 PCR swab tests for "Fully Vaccinated Amber Arrivals" and for children arriving from amber list countries is £100 per person. 

What information will I need to provide?

The Department of Health and Social Care has specified particular information that we need to collect from everyone who has a Day 2 test. Without this information we will not be able to go ahead with your swab test. If you are intending to book with us you can get ahead of the game and complete our Day 2 International Arrivals Registration Form


How Long will my Result take?

We are typically seeing next day results. You will receive your result via SMS and email messages as soon as they are ready. We have a dedicated admin team who take pride in trying to get you your results as quickly as possible. 

Amber Countries Arrivals when not fully UK vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme before you travel to England you must:

  • take a Covid-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test
  • book and pay for a day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 test - to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form 

On arrival in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
  • Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test but must still quarantine at their home or in the place that they are staying.

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. EdgCARE is able to offer you all the required tests including the optional Day 5 Test to Release test. 

How much does it cost?

The cost for Covid-19 PCR swab tests for Day 2 and Day 8 are £200. 

Test to Release swabs cost £100 for our standard next day result, or £140 if you want a same day result. 

Green Countries Arrivals 

For international arrivals from Green list countries before you travel to England you must take a Covid-19 test, book and pay for a day 2 Covid-19 test to be taken after you arrival in England and complete a passenger locator form. 

EdgCARE is offering the Covid-19 PCR swab test for "International Arrivals from a Green List Country" in collaboration with our accredited partner laboratory. You must take the test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result comes back positive. 

We charge £100 for this test and as above, require you to fill in the registration form below to enable us to provide you with your unique code for your passenger locator form. 


Countries subject to bans on travel to the UK

This testing is not available to anyone who has been in or through any of the countries on the Red List. If you arrive in England and have been somewhere that is on the red list during the last 10 days, you must book a Managed Quarantine Facility package. These measures are in place in order to prevent the spread of new strains of coronavirus into the UK and you are legally excluded from seeking to shorten your self-isolation period. Please click on the link below for more information.

Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Arrivals from France

Please note, the changes to the amber list rule for fully UK vaccinated people does not apply to France. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England you must quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival in England and have a booking for both a Day 2 and a Day 8 test. This applies whether or not you have been fully vaccinated. This also applies if you have travelled through France to reach your transport to the UK except where operators have made arrangements compliant with the Public Health regulations that allow for transit. Please check with your operator. 

EdgCARE can provide all your testing requirements. Just tell our reception team you are arriving from, or have transited through, France and they will be able to book you in appropriately for both Day 2 and Day 8 tests at a cost of £100 per test. 

Do call our team if you have any questions on our PCR testing and we will be delighted to help you.

Book an appointment now by calling
020 3818 9240

Or request a response by a Doctor, Nurse or the Practice Manager*.
We offer appointments same day, evenings and weekends.

*8.00am to 10.00pm