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Important update about PCR tests - 16 March 2021

If you are travelling and need a PCR test please ensure you leave enough time for your result to arrive. Whilst the lab aims to turn around results in 24 hours this is from 7pm of the day of your test, not from the time of your test and cannot be guaranteed. Results can sometimes take up to 48 hours to arrive. If you haven’t received your result please allow 48 hours before contacting us to chase it up. Please also remember to check your spam/junk email as well.


 

From 15 February the UK government has changed the rules about what you need to do when travelling to England. This includes new quarantine and testing protocols, which are being run by the UK government:  

Travelling to the UK 

Individuals arriving in England who have visited or passed through a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned (sometimes called the ‘red list’) cannot get tested at LSE and must follow the government quarantine protocol.

Arrivals from non-red-list countries must also follow government advice on quarantine. This includes self-isolating at home for 10 full days on arrival and getting tested on days 2 and 8 of your arrival. Tests must be booked in a 'testing package' provided by the UK government. Due to the nature of the tests they cannot be provided by LSE. If you come to get tested on days 2 and 8, you will be turned away from LSE's testing centre. 

In addition to getting tested on days 2 and 8, you can also take a PCR test 5 days after your arrival which, if negative, releases an individual from self-isolation. This is called the ‘test to release scheme’ and you can book a test at LSE for this reason below. A PCR test is different from the rapid test we use for accessing campus and a test result will be available 24-72 hours after taking the test.

Swabs are collected at 7pm on test day and the team aim to send out results by 7pm the next day, if not sooner. If you need a test for an upcoming flight, please bear this in mind. 

Please note, you will still need to take a test on day 8 even if you test negative on day 5 as part of your government testing package. If you don't, you could face a £2,000 fine. 


Tests you can book at LSE

Testing is one of the most effective ways we can prevent, protect and minimise risk on campus, in halls of residence, and everywhere in our community.

If you are planning to travel to England, visit the UK government website for the latest guidance on entry requirements, testing and quarantining.

If you're in London, you'll need to get tested twice a week to access campus and halls. 

Select the type of test you need to book from the list below:  

Testing is open for students and staff only. Unfortunately we are unable to provide tests for friends and relatives. 

If you are a student-staff member please book using the student link. 

If you're a new member of staff and you're having trouble booking a test please contact ARD Systems at ard.systems@lse.ac.uk who'll be able to add you to the system. 

Visit our FAQs for more information about testing at LSE. 

Remember, if you receive a negative test, you still need to follow all guidelines in place at LSE and in the UK.  

Book a test if you are on campus

To ensure we’re keeping students in halls of residence and our community on campus safe, we’ve strengthened our testing procedure for anyone coming on to campus.

Students and staff coming to LSE's campus to access facilities will now need to be tested twice a week for COVID-19 instead of once a week. 

Anyone who wants to access campus must be able to show evidence of a negative COVID test taken no more than 4 days previously. If you do not have a result within that timeframe, you will not be able to access campus until you receive confirmation of a new negative test result.

The table below indicates when you will need to book depending on the days you wish to access the Library and Centre Building (CBG).

Initial test

Mon

Tues*

Weds*

Thurs

Fri

Next test

Fri

Fri/Mon

Fri/Mon

Mon

Tues

*If you have a test on either Tuesday or Wednesday and require access to campus over the weekend you will need to book a further test for Friday as the Test Centre is closed on weekends.

You will need to book your test online before you come to campus, or alternatively you can provide an up-to-date negative NHS test result. Rapid testing is available on campus with the results taking 15-20 minutes following your test. This time may vary depending on circumstances, so do allow for around 40 minutes for the entire process. 

You can wait for your test results inside by using the LSE Alumni Centre which is accessible from the Centre Building square. This will be open on weekdays between 8.30am-6.30pm.

If you are planning to come to campus and have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you must ensure that you have followed all self-isolation protocols and that you are well before you come to campus. You will still need to take a rapid test before accessing facilities to show that you do not currently have COVID-19. 

If you can’t provide evidence of a valid negative COVID-19 test result you will not be permitted entry to LSE buildings and instructed not to come on to campus.

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)


Travelling abroad in exceptional circumstances 

Current guidance from the UK government is that you do not travel at this time. 

If you are planning to travel to England, visit the UK government website for the latest guidance on entry requirements, testing and quarantining. Remember, LSE cannot provide government 'testing packages' required to enter England. 

If you have exceptional circumstances which mean you need to travel abroad from the UK, you can book a test at LSE. 

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)

Please note, this testing service is for individuals with exceptional circumstances only. 

 

Test to release 

Arrivals from non-red-list countries must follow government advice on quarantine. This includes self-isolating at home for 10 full days on arrival and getting tested on days 2 and 8 of your arrival. These tests must be booked in a 'testing package' provided by the UK government - they cannot be provided by LSE. 

In addition to getting tested on days 2 and 8, you can also take a PCR test 5 days after your arrival which, if negative, releases an individual from self-isolation. The forms the government use for Test to release require the traveller to input the name of the test laboratory and LSE use Future Health Technologies Ltd.

This is called the ‘test to release scheme’ and you can book a test at LSE for this reason. 

Please note, you will still need to take a test on day 8 even if you test negative on day 5 as part of your government testing package. If you don't, you could face a £4,000 fine. 

A PCR test is different from the rapid test we use for accessing campus and a test result will be available 24-72 hours after taking the test.

Swabs are collected at 7pm on test day and the team aim to send out results by 7pm the next day, if not sooner. If you need a test for an upcoming flight, please bear this in mind. 

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)

Cancelling your test 

We have a limited number of slots per day so please try and keep your appointment, however you can cancel below if needed.

Cancel a test (students) 

Cancel a test (staff) 

You can also find more information on how to get tested outside of LSE via NHS 111 who can advise you if you need a test and what measures you need to take.