Test to Release

The page provides information about the Test to Release scheme and how to book a test.

From 15 February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must:

  • quarantine for 10 days
  • Book and pay for a travel test package to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining (at a cost of £210)
  • follow the national lockdown rules

You can find more information on how to quarantine including how to book a travel test package here.

You will not be eligible to use the ‘Test to Release’ scheme if you travelled through or from a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days.

For everyone else, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days as all travel corridors are currently suspended. As long as you are required to be in the UK as a result of having face to face teaching then you can still use the ‘Test to Release’ Scheme from day 5 of your self-isolation but will still need to be tested on day 8 as part of your travel test package.

You can find more information on the government’s website here.

Test to Release is only available to returning international students.

The Test to Release scheme is not available to anyone who has been in or through any country that is subject to a travel ban in the 10 days before arrival in England.

If you arrive in England and have been somewhere that is subject to a travel ban during the last 10 days you must self-isolate along with members of your household.

Mandatory Testing Before Travel

The above regulations are in addition to all travellers having to provide a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. It is your responsibility to make sure that the test you take meets UK government requirements. You can find these here.

You can find more information on getting a negative test before travel on the government’s website here.

Booking a test

The earliest you can take a test is five days after you arrive in England. For example, if you arrive on a Monday, you can take a test from the following Saturday.

The test centre is open 10am – 5pm every day. The tests will be conducted using self-swabbing supported by Student Health staff who will provide information and guidance on site.

You will need your staff or student ID number when booking a test (you can find this on your staff or student card).

Book a test

If you have difficulties booking a test online because of a disability, you can book a test by calling 0151 795 1000. 

How to find the test centre

You will find the COVID test centre opposite building 502 next to the Peach Street car park, see grid E6 on the campus map (PDF).

What to bring with you

Students will need to bring along proof of their arrival flight date to be eligible for the test.

Receiving your test results

Test results are being processed by Liverpool Clinical Laboratories and will be available by text message within 24 hours.

It is important to note that your test results can only be sent to a UK mobile phone number.

If you do not have one and would like to get tested please contact our COVID guidance and travel plans helpline by calling 0151 795 9500. A member of our team will complete the booking form on your behalf and will confirm your results to you via email within two days of the test.

Your test results will also automatically feed through to your GP and the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).

If you are a student, it is important that you register with a GP in Liverpool. You can choose to register with any local GP near to your term-time address including the Student Health Centre, run by Brownlow Health, which is based on the University campus.

If your test result is negative, you can end your isolation period immediately.

If your result is positive you will need to continue your isolation period and you must self-isolate for a further 10 days starting from the day you took the test.

Recording contact with others if you test positive

Try to make a list of everyone you have been in close contact within the 48 hours before your symptoms started. This will be really important for containing the spread of the virus if you test positive.

A contact is defined as:

  • A person who has been coughed on within one metre by someone else
  • A person who has had skin-to-skin physical contact with someone else
  • A person who has had face-to-face contact with someone less than one metre away (this will include times where you have worn a face covering or a face mask)
  • A person who has been within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact or added up together over one day)
  • A person who has travelled in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or been close to them on a plane.

Further help and advice

If you have any other queries about the on-campus COVID-19 test centre or are struggling to book a test for any other reason please contact shield@liverpool.ac.uk, or call the COVID guidance and travel plans helpline on 0151 795 9500.

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