FAQs

Understanding the different Test Requirements

Now that overseas travel has resumed, you may find that you require a PCR test and a laboratory certificate to prove that you are Covid19 free and fit to fly.

Countries across the Globe have enforced local immigration restrictions and they recommend that people travelling need to have a PCR test carried out 48, 72-96 hours prior to travelling! Screen4 can provide you with the testing and the certification for this.

This test can be completed as a ‘Self-Test’ or a ‘Clinician Performed Test'.

Advice for testing:
You will need to check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to, you can do this here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

It is the consumers responsibility to ensure that you check the requirements for the country you are travelling to and to ensure that your sample is taken within the given time frame. Screen4 can not advise you of this and are not liable for any tests carried out outside of your travel requirement window.

If you are travelling abroad to a Green listed country it is a legal requirement for you to book and take a Covid-19 PCR test on Day 2 of your arrival into the UK.

Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.

You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Find out more on the Green Listed Countries here

Day 2 tests for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from Amber listed countries will now be available from 4am Monday 19 July. You will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 COVID-19 test, as long as you:

  • have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme
  • have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England.

You will need to:

  • declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form
  • show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel

 

Before departing the Amber Country you must book a Day 2&8 testing bundle. You will need a unique reference number to use on your Passenger Locator form before checking in at the airport (this reference is sent to you via confirmation email when you have placed your order with us). When you arrive in England from an Amber Country, you must travel directly to the place you’re staying and not leave until 10 days have passed. The quarantine period starts the day you arrive in England and ends 10 days after the day you arrived. This period is necessary because it can take up to 10 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear.

If you’re travelling to England for less than 10 days, you will need to quarantine for the whole of your stay. You must travel directly to your place of quarantine when you arrive in England and directly from your place of quarantine to the port or airport when you leave. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible. If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000

Ending your Quarantine Early (Opt in only)

You can take a test on your 5th full day of quarantine to see if you can stop quarantining early. This is known as the test to release scheme.
Screen4 already offer this service and further information can be found here https://screen4.org/covid19-test-to-release/
You still need to take a test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and on or after day 8 to check you do not have Covid19.

Variant surveillance helps the government check if new types of Covid19 are coming into the country.

Booking your travel test package:

Everyone must book a travel test package. Children 5+ also require the two tests.
You must take a covid19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and a test on day 8 to check that you do not have Covid19.
We offer two packages for the Day 2 and 8 Testing as below:
– Clinician Performed test – you attend one of our clinics across the UK and have both tests carried out for you
– Self-Test – you order your Day 2 and 8 test package online and carry out the tests in the comfort of your own home
*Both of the above options include x2 PCR tests, cost of shipping to you, analysis of your samples and any UK Government required Genetic Sequencing of Positive results.

Test to Release Testing

Please note you are still required to isolate for 10 days and take Covid19 PCR tests on day 2 and 8. Test to Release is an optional opt in scheme that will allow you to end your 10 day isolation period early when a negative result is received from your day 5 test. You will still need to take a PCR test on day 8.

Day one: Arrive back in England from a quarantine country, you need to go straight to your self isolation destination and begin your isolation period in line with the UK government’s instructions.

Day five: You can now physically attend your Test to Release Covid19 test appointment, your sample will be sent to our lab directly from our clinic so no need to worry about a courier or delivering the sample yourself.

Day six/seven: Receive your results. If a negative result is returned, you are able to end your self-isolation period.

Self-Test Information

The contents of our Covid19 PCR self-test kit includes:

  • Swab
  • Plastic Sample Collection Tube
  • Instructions Guide
  • Pathoseal Bag
  • Return Box
  • Royal Mail Returns Envelope

Shipment costs to you are covered within the cost of your test.

Pre-Travel Test orders placed before 2.00pm Monday to Thursday will be despatched the same day for next working day delivery. Any orders placed out of this time please allow 2-3 working days for delivery.

If you are ordering after 2.00pm on a Friday your test kit will be despatched Monday. Orders are not despatched during the weekend or Bank Holidays.

Day 2 and 2&8 tests are despatched to be delivered on or before your day 2 of quarantine. This will not be before your arrival date into the UK.

We use a courier to ship these to UK addresses only.

Please be aware that Bank Holidays and weekends will disrupt deliveries to you. We do not ship orders during weekends or Bank Holidays.

You need to take your sample within the time frame stated by the destination you are travelling to.

Taking your self-test is easy but we have a helpful link to the NHS video below which may help guide you through the process:

Click here to see our online Instructions Booklet – you will receive a copy of this within your test kit.

  • Pre-Travel – Within the given time frame required by the country that you are travelling to. We always recommend carrying out the sample on the first day within the travel requirement period. You can find the requirements for each country here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
  • Day 2 Test – on day 2 of arriving back into the UK, please note this can also be taken on your arrival date or day 1.
  • Day 2 & 8 Tests – one or before the 2nd day of your isolation period and on the 8th day of your isolation period.
  • Test to Release – on or after the 5th day of your isolation period.

Please ensure you work out when you need to take your test prior to ordering. We are not authorised to advise you of when you should take this.

Screen4 have opened our clinic locations as drop box facilities for customers to drop their self tests to. This ensures that your samples get to the laboratory the same day. Please note there are certain times that you need to drop samples between. You can check these here.

Alternatively, you will receive a Royal Mail Tracked 24 envelope within your test kit to return the sample to our lab. This can be posted using a Royal Mail Priority Post Box only.

To find your nearest priority post box an collection times visit: www.royalmail.com/services-near-you

  • Click the ‘Show my nearest priority post boxes’ tick box
  • Enter the postcode of where you are staying and select the address
  • View your nearest priority post box and check its collection times

Put the sealed Pathoseal Bag containing the Plastic Sample Tube into the Sample Box. Do not put anything else into the box

Place the sealed Pathoseal Bag into the Royal Mail Return envelope and seal.

Identify the Royal Mail Tracking Number on the returns envelope and make sure you have recorded this.

Take your home test to the nearest PRIORITY Post Box which can be found on the link below:
www.royalmail.com/services-near-you

You can track your parcels journey using the Royal Mail Tracking number you have recorded.

You will receive an email notification when your sample reaches the laboratory. Results will be sent to you within 24-48 hours from receipt at the laboratory.

When your results are ready you will need to log back into your secure account where you can download your results document to print or save to your device.

Due to recent Royal Mail backlogs and delays at the Royal Mail Cambridge hub we are routing all samples via our head office in Barnsley, your sample will be checked in and show as received on your tracking information. We then private courier your samples to the laboratory within 6-8 hours of receipt at our Head Office. This ensures that your sample reaches the laboratory the same day as being delivered to us.

You will receive an additional email to update you that your sample has been checked in at the laboratory. Results are then issued within 24-48 hours from this.

If you are sending your sample back to the laboratory using Royal Mail Priority then you can track your samples journey using the tracking number on the front of your returns envelope. You will need to make a note of this to ensure you can track. To track yo0ur samples journey please visit the below link and enter your tracking number:

https://www.royalmail.com/track-your-item

If you are using our drop box service, you won't be able to track your samples journey. However rest assured, we have multiple drivers that collect samples from each clinic location through out the day. If you drop your sample to our dropbox within the opening times your sample will reach the laboratory the very same day.

Our partner laboratory is based in Cambridge – Oncologica UK LTD. Please note this is a different address to our Cambridge Clinic

The lab also has a drop box for you to deliver your samples to 7 days a week.

Oncologica UK Ltd
Suite 2 Newham Building
Chesterford Research Park
Cambridge
CB10 1X

When placing your order via our website you must ensure that you enter all of your details correctly, especially your email address.

Once your order has been placed via our website, you will receive two emails:

  1.  Order/Appointment Confirmation Email.
  2. An invitation to create an online account – this is where your your results will be sent to. This email will come from Covid Support and can sometimes fall into junk/spam so keep an eye on those too.

When you receive the emails please create your account and make a note of your username and password. When it comes to the date you need to take the test you must log back into your account to enter your sample barcode number (this connects the result to you).

It is crucial that you enter your sample barcode at the point of taking your test. Please ensure that this is completed on the correct date and at the correct time. Entering your barcode date and time stamps your result and shows on your result document as sample taken on that date and at that time. Please note the Time of Sample taken will show as UTC.

Your results will be in PDF format and you can save them to your device or you can print them, as required by your destination Immigration Requirements. 

Results are reported within 24-48 hours of the the sample being received at the lab.

Don’t worry we are experienced with Pre-Travel requirements and our certificates display all relevant information:

  • Full name as displayed on your Passport
  • Passport Number
  • DOB
  • Sample Number (Barcode)
  • Result
  • Sample taken Date and time

This is all taken from the order you place so please make sure you complete all information correctly.

Test and Release, Day and Day 2&8 Results are slightly different from Pre-Travel Result documents and they contain more information in line with the Governments Requirements.

Positive: The PCR test has detected SARS-CoV-2. Consult your GP/healthcare provider*

Negative: The PCR test has not detected SARS-Cov-2**

Inconclusive: The PCR test has not returned a result that is clearly positive or negative, for example this may be because the test outcome is on the cusp of detectability, or because the test assay targets multiple markers and only one marker has been detected. Re-swab at the next scheduled time unless clinically indicated to do sooner.

Rejected: Sample damaged and test could not be performed. Re-swab as soon as possible. The reason for rejected samples can include sample damaged in transit, sample tube lid not correctly attached and much more.

Clinician Performed Test Information

After placing a booking to attend one of our clinics you will receive an email confirmation of your booking including the time, date and location.

When you arrive at the clinic on the day of your test you must bring along your passport and booking reference number. This will help the clinician locate your booking details.

Our friendly team will talk you through the test and carry this out the sample for you. Our clinic team will also provide you with your sample barcode number to allow you to enter this into your online results account.

  • Barnsley – 17 Middlewoods Way, Barnlsey, S71 3HR
  • Birmingham – 26 High St, Sutton Coldfield B72 1UP
  • Cambridge – Unit 13B, Dencora Business Centre, Nuffield Road, Cambridge, CB4 1TG
  • Cirencester – Estate Farm, West Lane, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6AB
  • Harlow – Lobby Office, Westgate House, West Square, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1YS
  • London – Lower Ground Floor Office, 109-111 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8JA
  • Manchester – Office 21, 2nd Floor “The Building” HQ, Clippers Quay, Salford Quays, Manchester,  M50 3XP

Our clinic opening times differ across the UK so please check our opening times page to view these:

https://screen4.org/screen4-clinic-opening-times/

Your sample will then be sent to the laboratory directly from our clinic via our private courier for a speedy turnaround of results within 24-48 hours.

 

Our partner laboratory is based in Cambridge – Oncologica UK LTD. Please note this is a different address to our Cambridge Clinic

The lab also has a drop box for you to deliver your samples to 7 days a week.

Oncologica UK Ltd
Suite 2 Newham Building
Chesterford Research Park
Cambridge
CB10 1X

When placing your order via our website you must ensure that you enter all of your details correctly, especially your email address.

Once your order has been placed via our website, you will receive two emails:

  1.  Order/Appointment Confirmation Email
  2. An invitation to create an online account – this is where your your results will be sent to. This email will come from CovidSupport and can sometimes fall into junk/spam so keep an eye on those too.

When you receive the emails please create your account and make a note of your username and password. When it comes to the date you need to take the test you must log back into your account to enter your sample barcode number (this connects the result to you).

It is crucial that you enter your sample barcode at the point of taking your test. Please ensure that this is completed on the correct date and at the correct time. Entering your barcode date and time stamps your result and shows on your result document as sample taken on that date and at that time. Please note the Time of Sample taken will show as UTC.

Your results will be in PDF format and you can save them to your device or you can print them, as required by your destination Immigration Requirements. 

Results are reported within 24-48 hours of the the sample being received at the lab.

Don’t worry we are experienced with Pre-Travel requirements and our certificates display all relevant information:

  • Full name as displayed on your Passport
  • Passport Number
  • DOB
  • Sample Number (Barcode)
  • Result
  • Sample taken Date and time

This is all taken from the order you place so please make sure you complete all information correctly.

Test and Release, Day and Day 2&8 Results are slightly different from Pre-Travel Result documents and they contain more information in line with the Governments Requirements.

Positive: The PCR test has detected SARS-CoV-2. Consult your GP/healthcare provider*

Negative: The PCR test has not detected SARS-Cov-2**

Inconclusive: The PCR test has not returned a result that is clearly positive or negative, for example this may be because the test outcome is on the cusp of detectability, or because the test assay targets multiple markers and only one marker has been detected. Re-swab at the next scheduled time unless clinically indicated to do sooner.

Rejected: Sample damaged and test could not be performed. Re-swab as soon as possible. The reason for rejected samples can include sample damaged in transit, sample tube lid not correctly attached and much more.

Understanding the secure results portal

When you have placed your order or booking with us you will receive two emails:

An order confirmation – this will be sent to you from covid19@screen4.org

An invitation to create a secure online account – this is where you will receive your results. This will be sent to you from Covid Support.

Please ensure you check your spam/junk box as sometimes these emails may drop into there.

Please also note that if you have ordered with us before, you will already have a results account set up, so you will not receive another invitation. Your new test will be in your account ready to log in and access.

 

Step 1 – Receive your invitation via email from Covid Support.

 

Step 2 – Create your account (make sure you make a note of your username and password).

Step 3 – Log in to your account and confirm your personal details.

Step 4 – Log out of your account until you are ready to take your self-test sample/attend the clinic for your sample taking for you.

Contacting Screen4

You can contact us Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and 9am-5pm during weekends and Bank Holidays.

Telephone: 01226 654654 option 1

Webchat: Click the livechat widget which will pop up in the bottom right hand corner of your screen

Email: covid19@screen4.org

Don't panic, our lines are extremely busy but please be patient with us we endeavour to answer your calls as soon as possible.

Emailing us with all relevant and correct information helps us resolve your query easily so please be sure to add as much information as possible.

Livechat, there may be a wait on live chat as our agents will be busy chatting to other customers, please be patient and we will get to you as soon as possible.

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