Local councils in England are offering a new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) test to people who do not have symptoms.
Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without displaying any symptoms, therefore regular testing for people with no symptoms will help to find positive cases earlier and break chains of transmission.
The new tests are called rapid lateral flow tests. Theyre free and you get a result 30 minutes after taking the test.
Use this service to:
- check if your council is offering the new tests
- see if you can get a test
- find a place where you can get a test
If you have coronavirus symptoms
Do not use this service or go to a test site if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if youre worried about symptoms or not sure what to do.
Call 111 if you cant get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
If youve been told to self-isolate
Do not go to a test site. Order a test if you have symptoms, online or by calling 119.
If youre in a household or bubble with school, college or nursery staff or pupils
You should take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week. The rest of your household or bubble should also take tests.
Do not go to a test site. Order rapid lateral flow tests online.
You do not need to order for students and staff. They will continue to be tested at school or college. Nursery staff will continue to be tested at nursery.
If youre at university or a higher education college
Speak to your university or college to find out how you should get tests. They may tell you to use this service.
Find out if your area currently offers rapid lateral flow test sites
More sites are being set up every day.