COVID-19 Day 2 & 8 Testing London

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

  • All samples are taken by a healthcare professional at one of our 20+ London sites.
  • The fastest results turnaround in the UK.
  • Our unique "Quarantine Guarantee" ensures you won't have to spend a moment longer in quarantine than legally required - or your money back.
  • Reduce your quarantine with our same day Test to Release results.
  • Free cancellations up to 4 hours before your appointment.
  • 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.
  • Save £10 on your second and subsequent PCR tests - including Test to Release or outbound Fit to Fly travel tests.
  • Over 200,000 Covid-19 tests performed

What is Day 2 & 8 Testing for International Arrivals?

All international arrivals to England are required to take 1 or 2 Covid-19 PCR tests during their 10 day quarantine period. The Day 2 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.  All our tests are taken by a healthcare professional at one of our 20+ London locations.  Samples are taken directly to the laboratory by our own couriers. 

Travellers 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 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 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.

Booking your Tests

To enable maximum flexibility in terms of dates, clinic locations and types of tests required, all our tests are booked individually.  To keep the cost to a minimum, a £20 discount will automatically be applied to the second and any subsequent tests for your trip.  This includes Day 2, Day 8, Test to Release and any outbound PCR tests required.  Some of our most popular combinations are:

  • Day 2 (from £79)
  • Day 2 & 8 (from £148)
  • Day 2 & 8, Test to Release (Next Day) (from £217)
  • Day 2 & 8, Test to Release (Same Day) (from £262)
  • Outbound PCR (Next Day), Day 2 & 8 (from £217)
  • Outbound PCR (Next Day), Day 2 & 8, Test to Release (Next Day) (from £286)
  • Outbound PCR (Next Day), Day 2 & 8, Test to Release (Same Day) (from £331)
  • Outbound PCR (Same Day), Day 2 & 8, Test to Release (Next Day) (from £331)
  • Outbound PCR (Same Day), Day 2 & 8, Test to Release (Same Day) (from £376)

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.  Passengers flying into Heathrow may wish to take it on arrival at our test site at the airport.

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 PCR from £79 Next day (by midnight)

Required for international arrivals.  Includes genetic sequencing of positive results to detect any variants of concern entering the country.

Day 8 Next Day from £79 (£69 as a package) 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 £124 (£114 as a package) Typically before midnight

Required PCR test for international arrivals.  In the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back by 2am that night we would refund your test fee in full and provide a retest free of charge if required.

Test to Release PCR Next Day from £79 (£69 as a package) 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 £124 (£114 as a package) Typically before midnight

Maximise the benefit of Test to Release with same day results. In the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back by 2am that night, we would refund you test fee in full and provide a retest if required.

PCR Next Day from £79 Next day (by midnight)

Our most popular Covid-19 PCR test with guaranteed next day results (by midnight), or your money back. Save an extra £10 if purchased with another PCR test.

PCR Same Day from £124 Typically before 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 2am that night we would refund your fee in full or give you a free 4 hour retest. Save an extra £10 if purchased with another PCR test.

PCR 4 hours from £149 Typically under 4 hours

Our fastest Covid-19 PCR test, available at London Bridge, Chelsea, Highbury and Islington and Heathrow airport.  There's no need to arrange a test days in advance of your flight.  Simply take your test at the airport entrance and have your results certificiate in your inbox a few hours later. This is a RT-PCR Randox test and is accepted by all countries.  Not flying today? That's fine, this test is available to anyone. Save an extra £10 if purchased with another PCR test.

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Why Choose DocTap Covid-19 Testing?

Widest range of Tests
20+ London clinics
Covid-19 tests from £39
4 hour PCR results
Doctor's certificate included
Money back results guarantee
Over 200,000 tests completed
Government approved provider

Frequently Asked Questions

day 2 and 8

Currently all international arrivals to England are required to take 2 Covid-19 PCR tests during their 10 day quarantine period.  You can also optionally reduce your quarantine to 5 days with a DocTap Test to Release test with same day results.

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.



For added flexibility we sell Day 2 and 8 tests separately at £79 each.  If you book them both at the same time you will pay £148.  For an additional £69 you can add on a next day Test to Release and / or outbound PCR test.  Or for £114 you could upgrade these to same day results. 

All 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.

Your Day 2 test must be taken between day 0 and day 2 of quarantine (day 0 is the day you arrive in England).  Many people flying into Heathrow choose to have this test at our airport test centre on arrival.

Your second test must be taken on or after day 8 of arrival in the UK.

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 10 day 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 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 receive your Day 2 results within 2 - 3 days.  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 11pm the following evening, unless you booked a same day test in which case it will be by 11pm that day.

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.

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 Day 2 or Day 8 test.  Older children are required to do so.

test to release

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

Anyone who arrives in England 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, you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test after you have been in England for 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

All our tests are taken by a healthcare professional.  PCR tests require a swab to be taken from the back of your throat and/or nose.  It can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt.  Our 3 hour and same day tests taken a lab sites only require a sample from the back of your throat, which some people may prefer. You can choose which you prefer when booking your test.

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 some photo identification.  Your ID needs to match the name that the booking is under.

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.

We can carry out PCR tests on young children. Some healthcare professionals will not be comfortable taking a swab from very young children as it can be stressful for the child if carried out by someone they do not know.  If this is the case they will be able to assist and guide the parent to take a swab from the child.

We are unable to carry out antigen tests on children under 5 years old. Children under 5 should have a PCR test.

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 20+ 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

All our tests are carried out at one of our 20+ 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.

You can change your test free of charge or cancel for a full refund so long as you have not yet taken the test.  We are not able 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 that if you booked multiple tests as part of a package deal and choose to cancel the full price test, then the £30 discount you received on another test will not be refunded.

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 - 3 hours (Heathrow Airport, London Bridge and Chelsea only)
  • PCR - Same day by 11pm
  • PCR - Next day by 11pm
  • Antigen - 3 hours
  • 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 3 hours from our Heathrow, London Bridge and Chelsea lab sites, and by 11pm the same day 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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