COVID-19 Day 2 & 8 Testing London

Why Choose DocTap for Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 Tests?

  • Day 2 lateral flow tests from £29.
  • Same day PCR and Test to Release options available.
  • UKAS accredited provider.
  • The fastest results turnaround in the UK.
  • Reduce your 10 day quarantine with our same day Test to Release results (non-vaccinated travellers).
  • Only pay for the tests you need.  If either your Day 2 or Test to Release result is positive we will refund you for any subsequent unrequired tests.
  • Over 400,000 Covid-19 tests performed

Day 2 Lateral Flow Tests

Following the latest  government advice, fully vaccinated returning travellers arriving in England on or after 4am on 9 January 2022 will now be able to do a day 2 lateral flow test instead of a day 2 PCR test. DocTap are a government listed provider of day 2 lateral flow tests. Travellers can choose to attend any of our clinic sites for their day 2 test, or they can collect a test kit for home use when they attend for their outbound fit to fly test. Test packages are available.

Day 2 and 8 PCR Tests

Unvaccinated travellers must undergo a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 test and complete 10 days’ self-isolation (with the option of a Test to Release PCR on day 5).

The Day 2 PCR test must be taken on or before day 2 of arrival and is designed to identify any potentially concerning variants entering the country.  The Day 8 test must be taken on or after day 8 and is to check that you do not have Covid-19. Travellers are permitted to stop quarantining after day 10 if they have received negative results for both tests.

Given the importance and urgency of Covid-19 testing, we do not provide postal tests and only work with the most reliable laboratories.  Our tests are taken by a healthcare professional at one of our 10+ London locations.  Samples are taken directly to the laboratory by our own couriers. 

Travellers from non-red list countries wishing to reduce their quarantine period can take advantage of our Test to Release service, available from Day 5.  Choose from guaranteed same day or next day results, and if negative you can stop self-isolating immediately.  A Day 8 test is still required even if your Test to Release enabled you to stop self-isolating.

Please note: arrivals from red list travel ban countries are required to quarantine in a government approved hotel and are not eligible for our Day 2 & 8 or Test to Release tests.

Quarantine Guarantee

We understand how frustrating it is to have to quarantine on arrival into the UK, which is why all PCR samples are taken by a healthcare professional and taken directly to the laboratory by our own couriers. We do not do postal tests and only work with the most reliable and efficient laboratories. We are so confident you will not have to quarantine a moment longer than legally necessary that we offer the following guarantees:

  • If your Day 2 or Test to Release results are not back by the advised time we will refund your fee in full and arrange a re-test free of charge.
  • Book a Day 2 and Test to Release test with DocTap, and if either result is not back by the advised deadline we will refund the cost of your test and arrange an express re-test free of charge.
  • If your Day 8 test results are not back by the following evening (day 9) we shall arrange a free same day re-test the next morning so you can stop self isolating at the end of 10 day as normal.

Booking your Tests

To ease of booking, you can book your combination Fit to Fly + Day 2 test.

Guidance on Dates

For the purposes of this example, a passenger arrives in the UK on a Monday (day 0).

The first test must be taken on or before Day 2.  This can be on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

For non-vaccinated travellers, an optional Test to Release Test can be taken on Saturday with either same day or next day results.  If negative you can stop self-isolating as soon as your results are back.

The final test must be taken on or after Day 8.  This can be the following Tuesday (recommended) or Wednesday. Results will be back the following day, and if negative they can stop self isolating after Day 10 (from Friday morning).  In the exceptionally unlikely event that your Day 8 results are not back the following day we would offer you a free same day re-test to ensure you are able to stop self-isolating after Day 10.

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Covid-19 Tests

Test Price Results
Day 2 Lateral Flow Test From £29 (£25 as a package) Within 24 hours

From 4am on 9 January 2022, international arrivals who are fully vaccinated (or children aged 5-17 regardless of vaccination status) will require a day 2 lateral flow test taken on or before day 2 of arrival. 

Day 2 Next Day PCR from £59 Next day (by midnight)

This test is required for unvaccinated international arrivals.  Includes genetic sequencing of positive results to detect any variants of concern entering the country. 

Day 2 Same Day PCR from £95 By midnight

The day 2 PCR test for unvaccinated international arrivals.  The test includes genetic sequencing of positive results to detect any variants of concern entering the country. 

Day 8 Next Day from £59 Next day (by midnight)

Required PCR test for international arrivals. Quarantine guarantee: if you have not received your Day 8 results the next day (by midnight) we will offer you a free same day re-test.

Day 8 Same Day from £95 By midnight

Required PCR test for international arrivals.  In the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back by midnight we would refund your test fee in full and provide a retest free of charge if required.

Test to Release PCR Next Day from £59 Next day (by midnight)

Reduce your quarantine with guaranteed next day results (by midnight), or your money back.

Test to Release PCR Same Day from £95 By midnight

Maximise the benefit of Test to Release with same day results. In the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back by midnight, we would refund you test fee in full and provide a retest if required.

PCR Next Day from £59 Next day (by midnight)

Our most popular Covid-19 PCR test with guaranteed next day results (by midnight), or your money back.

PCR Same Day from £95 By midnight

Same day PCR results from 10+ locations across London. This is ideal for last minute travel or the added piece of mind which comes from receiving your results and certificate a couple of days before flying.  In the exceptionally unlikely event that you don't have your results by midnight we would refund your fee in full or give you a free same day retest.

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Why Choose DocTap Covid-19 Testing?

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Covid-19 tests from £29
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Doctor's certificate included
Money back results guarantee
Over 200,000 tests completed
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Frequently Asked Questions

day 2 and 8

You need to get tested for COVID-19 if you’re arriving in England from abroad. The test you will need to take depends on whether you are vaccinated and where you are arriving from. Children under 5 do not need to get tested on arrival. 

Fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving from non red-list countries will now require a day 2 lateral flow test taken on or before day 2 of arrival. Full details on who is considered fully vaccinated can be found here

Non-vaccinated arrivals are required to quarantine for 10 days, and take a day 2 PCR test + a day 8 PCR test. There is the option to come out of quarantine earlier (day 5), if you book a Test to release PCR test.

If you are arriving from red list travel ban country then you will to have quarantine in a government approved hotel and take a postal test.  Otherwise you can take your Day 2 and 8 tests with DocTap.

You need to book a day 2 and 8 tests if you are a non-vaccinated returning traveller. If you are fully vaccinated, you will only need a Day 2 lateral flow test (from £25). 

If you are not fully vaccinated, for added flexibility, we sell Day 2 and 8 tests separately from £59 each.  For an additional £59 you can add on a next day Test to Release and / or outbound PCR test.  Or for £95 you could upgrade these to same day results. 

Our Day 2 & 8 tests are taken by a healthcare professional at one of our London test centres.  We do not do postal tests and use our own courier to transport samples to the laboratory.  All tests are covered by our Quarantine Guarantee to ensure that you don't have to spend a minute more self isolating than is legally required.

There are providers selling postal kits online for a little less than we have to charge.  Unfortunately they can run into many issues including test kits lost or delayed in the post, slow results as tests pile up in the laboratory and incorrect self swab techniques resulting in an invalid test which must be repeated. We understand how important it is that you have both your results back within the 10 day quarantine window so that you can stop self isolating.  This is why we:

  • Only take tests in person at one of our physical test locations in London.
  • Have a healthcare professional take each swab to ensure that it is carried out correctly.
  • Use our own couriers to transport tests to the laboratory.
  • Only work with the fastest and most efficient labs.
  • Guarantee that if you have not received your Day 8 results the following day we will offer you a same day retest the following morning, so that you do not have to self isolate for a minute longer than required by law.

We believe this assurance is worth paying a little bit more for, and imagine that the many patients we have helped after a failed postal test would feel the same way.

If you are fully vaccinated, you must take a day 2 lateral flow test. Your Day 2 test must be taken between day 0 and day 2 of quarantine (day 0 is the day you arrive in England). You may choose to book your Day 2 test before you travel, either on its own, or as a combination package with your fit to fly test.

If you are a non-vaccinated traveller, you will be required to take a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR Test. Your Day 8 test must be taken on or after day 8 of arrival in the UK. You will have the option for Test to release on day 5. 

Example: If you arrived on Monday, your Day 2 test can be done on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  Your Day 8 can be done on or after the following Tuesday.  We would advise you do not delay your Day 8 test as you are not allowed to end your 10 day quarantine unless you have received a negative Day 8 test result. 



We are aware how frustrating it would be to have to continue self isolating after the mandatory quarantine period because one or both of your tests was delayed or lost in the post. For this reason we only provide in person tests and only work with the fastest and most reliable laboratories.  This enables us to offer the following guarantees:

  • If your day 2 PCR and Test to Release results are not back by the advised time we will refund your fee in full and arrange a re-test free of charge.
  • Book a Day 2 and Test to Release test with DocTap, and if either result is not back by the advised Test to Release deadline we will refund the cost of your Test to Release and arrange an express re-test free of charge.
  • If your Day 8 test results are not back by the following evening (day 9) we shall arrange a free same day re-test the next morning so you can stop self isolating at the end of 10 day as normal.

We are legally obliged to capture the following information for your Day 2 & 8 test:

  • Passport number
  • Covid-19 vaccination status
  • Travel information (Including flight number / train number, dates)
  • Ethnicity
  • Address at which you are isolating

You will be issued with a Passenger locator form reference number in your booking confirmation email (this begins with DOCTA and is followed by 7 digits).

You will receive your Day 2 results next days. We will soon be introducing the option for same day Day 2 results. If it is positive it may take longer as the laboratory will need to carry out the mandatory genomic sequencing to identify any potentially concerning variants of the virus.

Your Day 8 results will be available by midnight the following evening, unless you booked a same day test in which case it will be by 2am that night.

If you test positive for your Day 2 or Day 8 test then you need to quarantine for 10 days from the date when the test was taken.  Your household will need to quarantine also.

If your Day 2 test is positive then you do not need to take the Day 8 test.  If it identifies a 'variant of concern' you will get a further call and your contacts will also be asked to be tested.

If your day 2 test is inconclusive, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days, or until you receive a negative retest (whichever is sooner).

Yes.  If you test postive at either Day 2 or Test to Release then you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date when the test was taken.  You will not need to take your Day 8 test (or Test to Release if you tested positive at Day 2).  So long as you have not yet taken these tests then we shall refund you for them.

Children under 5 are not required to undertake a Covid-19 test on return from abroad.  UK resident children aged 5-17 are required to take a day 2 lateral flow test, regardless of vaccination status, but they do not need to quarantine. Detailed information can be found on gov.uk.

test to release

Test to Release is a government scheme to enable non-vaccinated people arriving in the UK to reduce the amount of time for which they must self isolate.  

Non-vaccinated arrivals from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man needs to self-isolate for 10 days.  Under the Test to Release scheme (provided you are not returning from a red-list country), you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test after you have been in England for a 5 full days.  We provide provide options with both same day and next day results.  If the test result is negative then you can stop self-isolating immediately.

For instance, if you arrive in the UK on Monday then Tuesday would be your first full day in the UK, and you cannot take the test for Saturday. 

If you require Test to Release, then please ensure that you select Test to Release as an appointment type on the booking page or it will not be accepted by the goverment.

test details and timings

Our tests are taken by a healthcare professional, however in some cases, you can perform a clinic-guided self-swab where applicable. PCR tests require a swab to be taken from the back of your throat and/or nose. Lateral flow tests require a swab from nose and/or throat. The testing procedure can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt. 

No. We are only able to offer tests for patient who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. You will be asked to confirm this on booking.  If you have symptoms please book an NHS test.

When attending your appointment, please bring your booking reference number (in your confirmation email) and official, government-issue photo identification. Your ID needs to match the name that the booking is under.

Please Note: Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Both the minor and guardian must show a valid ID. 

No.  We legally have to capture additional information such as your travel history and self isolation address for Day 2 & 8 and Test to Release bookings. You will be asked for this information on the final step on the booking page.  Therefore, it is essential that you choose the appropriate appointment rather than just a PCR test when you book your test.

Our experienced healthcare professionals can carry out Covid-19 tests on young children. In some instances, the child may feel more comfortable if their parent performs the test. In this case, our healthcare professionals will be able to assist and guide the parent to take a swab from the child.

No. Given the critical importance of fast results and correct swab technique we do not entrust your test sample to the postal system.  All samples are taken in one of our 10+ London locations.  We then have our team of in house couriers who collect them to take to the laboratory. In this way we are confident we can offer the highest level of accuracy and reliability for your Covid test.

bookings

Our tests are carried out at one of our 5+ London clinics, staffed by healthcare professionals.  To select a location, simply visit the booking page and select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the available clinic locations and times. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you.

We charge extra for changing the appointment date/time/location as our prices vary depending on peak times. We can refund in full so long as you have not yet taken the test, but unable to make changes or refunds after you have taken the test. To change or cancel your test please log into your DocTap account. 

Please Note: Day 2 and Day 8 are mandatory tests and therefore non-refundable. However, we can change your appointment date/time/location if required.

Simply book a test for the first member of your party.  Then repeat the process for another test, but on the payment screen enter the details of the second person.  Repeat for any other members of your party.

If you have accidentally booked multiple tests for the same person then don't worry, you will receive an automated email checking that this is what you wanted.  To make a change simply reply to the email with the second person's details. Please ensure we have the correct details before you take your test.

results and certificates

Different tests have different turnaround times.  These are explained at the time that you book your Covid-19 test.  You will receive your results and doctor's letter by email within the specified timeframe.  They will also be available to download from your DocTap portal at the same time.  We currently offer the following options for results:

  • PCR - Same day by 2am
  • PCR - Next day by midnight
  • Antigen fit to fly - 1 hour
  • Antibody (Instant) - 3 hours
  • Antibody (laboratory) - 3 days

Unfortunately we are unable to speed up your results once you have taken your test.  Therefore, if you need faster results, please change your appointment type to a faster service before taking the test. You can do this in your DocTap account portal.

After taking your test you will receive an email explaining all the notifications you will receive as your test sample moves through the testing process, together with when can expect to receive them.  These vary a little depending on the exact test and location booked, but they are typically:

  • Your test is collected by our courier to take to the laboratory
  • The lab start testing your sample
  • Your results are ready

If you have not received a notification by the advised time then please do let us know and we shall look into it immediately.  If the notification is not yet due then please don't contact us as it will almost certainly still be being processed and we are unable to check up on tests until they are due.

No, you will still get your results in exacly the same timeframe, regardless of which day of the week  you have your test. Our laboratories and support team operate 7 days per week, including bank holidays.

Once you have taken your test we are unable to speed up your results. We have integrated with our laboratory partners to ensure that you will automatically receive your results and doctor's certificate as soon a they are released by the laboratory.  If you have not yet taken your test, you can always change to a faster test if required.  We can provide results in 4 hours from our Islington and Chelsea lab sites (not available for day 2 PCR or Test to release), and by 2am that night from multiple London locations. To change your test please log into your DocTap acccount.

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Please note that our provision of Covid-19 coronavirus tests does not impact on NHS test availability, instead, by providing the tests at competitive prices compared with other providers, our service aims to work as a helpful adjunct to the NHS by increasing testing options in the community. We also report all positive results to Public Health England, and this is obligatory.

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