You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:
- at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow
- with a home test kit
There is another test, the antibody test which is not widely available yet.
Who can get a test?
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. You can get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.
When to get a test?
If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.
On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do it by 3pm.
On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit. If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.
Complete request for test at: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name
or Call 119 to get a test if you have problems using the internet.
Stay at home if you have symptoms
If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result. Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.
What the test involves
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
Getting a test for someone else
If other people you live with have symptoms, you can order tests for up to 3 of them. If you’re applying for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they’re happy for you to get a test for them.