Day 2 PCR test - Use code SAVE15 for 15% off

If you are not fully vaccinated*, you need to take a Day 2 PCR COVID-19 test after arriving in the UK.

Prices from £69.00

ZAVA has partnered with one of Europe’s leading medical diagnostics providers SYNLAB to offer COVID-19 testing (testing provided by Southwest Pathology Services, part of SYNLAB Group). SYNLAB is a UKAS accredited private provider listed on GOV.UK for COVID-19 testing.

From 4am on 18 March 2022, travellers entering the UK no longer need to take any COVID-19 tests, either before travelling or after arriving in the country. This applies to both vaccinated and non vaccinated travellers. If you’re not fully vaccinated and entering the UK before this time, order your Day 2 PCR test below. We will update this page once the new rules are live on 18 March.

Have a test you no longer need? You can get a full refund if you’ve already bought your Day 2 PCR test from us to use after this date.

Enter code SAVE15 at checkout for 15% off.

Adults (those 18 years old and over) who are not fully vaccinated* must take a Day 2 PCR test after arriving in the UK from a non red list country.

This reflects the latest UK government travel test rules (live as of Friday 11 February). You may be able to get a refund if you previously bought a travel test from us that you no longer need (for example, you bought a Day 2 and 8 PCR test pack but you’re not required to take a Day 8 test now). Send a message to our Customer Support team through your ZAVA account to request your refund.

* Adults only qualify as 'fully vaccinated' if it’s been 14 days since their second dose of a vaccine (or 14 days since their single dose Janssen vaccine). Otherwise, they are not considered fully vaccinated and must take a Day 2 PCR test. Check the official government website if you are unsure of your vaccination status.

1) Order your Day 2 PCR test

This test is for adults arriving in the UK who do not qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ (see above).

All children (those under 18 years old) automatically qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’, regardless of vaccination status. They do not need to take any travel tests after entering the UK under the current rules.

You can order multiple test kits, either for yourself and others in your group.

2) Record your test booking reference number

After ordering your test, you will receive two emails. The first email will contain your order confirmation.

The second email will contain your test booking reference number (beginning with ‘ZVAGB’). You will need this test booking reference number to complete your passenger locator form when entering the UK, so make a note of it.

3) Activate and take your test

Follow your test kit instructions to take your test and collect your sample. You need to take your test within 2 days after entering the UK. Tip: the day you enter the country is considered ‘day 0’. You need to take your test on or before ‘day 2’.

You must activate your test otherwise we cannot give you your result. Do this on the same day you take your test. Please activate any tests taken by those under 16 years old from your own ZAVA account.

To activate your test, you will need your

  • passport
  • flight number
  • date of arrival in the UK
  • test kit number (8 digits long, beginning with ‘P’). This is printed on the barcode stickers included with your kit.
  • test booking reference number (beginning with ‘ZVAGB’). Check the email we sent you after ordering your test.
  • Royal Mail tracking ID. This is under the barcode on the prepaid envelope included with your kit. You can use this to track your test after returning it to our lab (for instance, if there are delivery issues).

You do not need to quarantine after arriving in the country.

4) Return your test

Post your test back to our lab using a Royal Mail priority post box.

There may be delays getting your result if you post your test on a Sunday. Post this on a Saturday before 12pm instead, if possible.

5) Get your result

Your test result should arrive in your ZAVA account within 48 hours of Royal Mail receiving your test. We will also email you when your result is ready to view.

We will explain what you need to do next depending on your result.

We’re here to support you.

COVID-19 testing for travel can be stressful. If you need help or have questions, our friendly Customer Support team is just a phone call away on 020 3588 0292, 7 days a week.

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How Day 2 testing works

  • Order your test before entering the UK.
  • Complete your passenger locator form before you travel to the UK. You need your test booking reference number to do this.
  • Activate and take your Day 2 test within two days after entering the UK.
  • Pack your sample using the prepaid Tracked24 envelope included with your kit, and post this from a priority post box. Write down your Royal Mail tracking reference ID to track your test. Post your test before the last priority collection to avoid delays.
  • We will email you to let you know when your result is in your ZAVA account. You should get your result within 48 hours of Royal Mail receiving your test.

Visit our Entering the UK FAQ guide for more information about COVID-19 tests to enter the UK.

Completing your passenger locator form

Before travelling to the UK, you will need to complete a passenger locator form. For this, you need a test booking reference number. We will email this to you after you have ordered your test. It can take up to 30 minutes for this email to arrive. If you do not receive this within 30 minutes, please check your spam and bin folders, or contact our Customer Support team.

Your test booking reference number will always begin with ‘ZVAGB’. Always enter this exactly as it is shown in the email and list ‘ZAVA’ as your test kit supplier, where requested.

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