If you are looking for a low cost ‘Day 2’ PCR test to take on your arrival back into the UK, Amazon has entered the market with a £34.99 package.
Importantly, Amazon is not outsourcing this to a third party provider. It will be using a lab in Salford which was set up last year to process tests for Amazon employees.
You can find out more, and buy, here.
Amazon is offering a number of different packages to cater for different situations. All are competitively priced.
Amazon Day 2 testing
For a Day 2 test, the price is £34.99 for one test. This drops to £31.99 if you buy six and there are stepped discounts for buying two to five units at once.
Amazon Day 2 and Day 8 testing
Double packs of Day 2 and Day 8 tests, if you are required to quarantine at home, are £63.98. There are no bulk discounts.
Amazon Day 2, Day 5 and Day 8 testing
If you are quarantining and willing to pay for an additional ‘test to release’ on Day 5, the cost is £95.97 for one person. Again, there are no bulk discounts.
About the tests
The tests are nasal-based PCR tests.
Prime Delivery is available, so Prime members would usually receive their order the day after purchasing.
A booking reference for your Passenger Locator Form will be included with your email receipt.
In terms of timing, Amazon says:
“Results within 24 hours of your sample arriving at the laboratory. The sample collection kit includes a pre-paid Royal Mail priority shipping label (Tracked 24) for shipping your test back to the laboratory. A UK shipping address is required to purchase this product.”
The only issue with the Amazon tests is that, because they rely on the postal network, you will need to quarantine at home for at least two days after posting off your sample. If you want to be back at work or socialising as soon as possible, you will need to pay for an in-person PCR test, potentially at the airport when you arrive back.
You can find out more about Amazon’s PCR covid tests, and buy, on the Amazon website here.