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Amazon launches £34.99 Day 2 PCR tests, processed at its own laboratory

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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.

Comments (37)

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  • Ian says:

    I was going to be using Covid Testing Direct – at 89p

    But they seem to have stopped the collection of kits and have not actually told any of their customers!!

    Had an appointment (and still do) to collect a kit in Bath Road next week.

    Sounds like a bit of a scam if you ask me…..

    • Rob says:

      You don’t say ….

      I looked into bulk buying lateral flow kits and I couldn’t get it cheaper than £2 exc VAT when buying 10,000.

      • Ian says:

        They were giving back 3,000 a month – whilst charging others full whack.

        They are still offering it at Manchester albeit for £15 a time.

        This company were or may still be on the Government website

  • Mark says:

    Using Chronomics with discount code “chronomics40” still cheaper

  • Aston100 says:

    This day 2 PCR requirement isn’t going away in the next month or so is it?

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Probably not until Easter holidays at the earliest

      Do I trust Amazon with samples of my DNA, hmmmmmm no!

      • Jay says:

        Lol. Amazon’s already acquired your DNA from these other labs by trading them a packet of crisps and a Prime subscription.

  • Will says:

    Just tried using these for a return trip from Dubai for 16th December (2 people) and neither codes worked on the PLF…… not sure if anyone else has had an issue with these? Have had to order alternatives and not able to cancel the order with Amazon. Annoying, just a little!!

    • Ian says:

      I would submit a ticket with Amazon.

      • Will says:

        Yep…. did that and they advised to not accept the delivery. Don’t know if it’s a one off but not the best experience. Went with Randox instead and codes worked instantly.

  • PlaneSpeaking says:

    One thing to note if you’re flying over Xmas as we are, Amazon say
    “Test Processing Outage Notice: Due to Royal Mail closure over the holiday period, you will be unable to register test kits from 23/12 through 27/12 and 30/12/21 through 02/01/22. Do not buy this product if you want or need to test on these days.
    During the holiday period, you can take your test and ship to the laboratory only on the 28/12 and 29/12, and receive results 24 hours after arriving at the lab.”

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