Guidance: Test to Release for international travel: minimum standards for testing

Department Of Health

January 22
20:41 2021


This guidance is for private providers of Test to Release for international travel.

From 15 December, international arrivals will be able to opt in to Test to Release. By law, all tests used for the purpose of shortening the self-isolation period for international arrivals must meet certain minimum standards.

Providers must also complete a declaration that their tests meet these standards.

Published 24 November 2020
Last updated 22 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated to include a link to the list of countries with travel bans.

  2. Added 'including Madeira and the Azores' to the Portugal listing.

  3. Updated to add the list of countries not eligible for Test to Release.

  4. Added clarification for providers of test to release on when tests can be provided and administered (section 10: 'Date tests can be provided or administered').

  5. Updated guidance to add ISO 15189 under '9. For point of care testing' and to reflect that the 14-day isolation period is now 10 days.

  6. Added link to request to be added to the list of providers of Testing to Release for International Travel.

  7. First published.

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