Get tested to find out if you have coronavirus.
When to apply for a test
Before requesting a test you must have at least one of the following symptoms:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
If you develop one of these symptoms follow the self-isolation guidance.
Please do not visit your GP surgery or hospital to request a test, as you may infect others.
The test is only effective for those who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and needs to be taken in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It only checks if you have coronavirus right now and not if you have already had the virus.
Members of the public
If no tests shows available please try again later, as tests become available during the day.
You can apply for a test for yourself or someone in your household with symptoms. This includes adults and children, including those under 5.
Apply for a test by telephone
Alternatively, you can apply for a test by calling the free number 119 between the hours of 7am to 11pm. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119. This service is available to assist you through the process of booking and taking a test but cannot provide clinical advice. 119 have translation and simultaneous translation services and are available for support throughout the testing process. 119 are able to support in up to 650 languages, including British Sign Language (BSL).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell. It is important that you do not try to cope for too long on your own before seeking medical assistance. You should contact the 111 online coronavirus service or your GP if:
- your symptoms don’t improve after 7 days, or
- you experience breathlessness or vomiting at any time, or
- fatigue stops you doing your normal daily activities.
- a baby or a child under 5 has a temperature at any time.
If you do not have internet access, call 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have COVID-19 symptoms.
Health Boards and Trusts have their own processes for booking tests. Health care workers displaying symptoms should speak to their occupational health team for advice on how to access a test.
Referrals for social care workers are coordinated via the Local Authorities or Local Resilience Forums (LRFs). Care homes can refer workers for testing as part of the testing process for care homes.
Types of tests
Members of the public and critical workers can apply online for a test. You may be able to choose between a mass drive-through testing centre or ordering a home testing kit (critical workers only).
Home testing kits involve a combined throat and nose swab test. Read further guidance on how to conduct the test.
Tests taken at a mass drive-through testing centre in Wales involve either a single dry swab taken from the back of the throat or a combined throat and nose swab.
Will I get a test?
There is always a high demand for tests. The daily allocations of tests will be prioritised for critical workers initially.
Availability of home testing kits are managed at a UK level, whereas slots at the mass drive-through testing centres are managed through the Local Health Boards and Public Health Wales.
If you are having problems securing a test, see answers to common questions about asking for a coronavirus test (on NHS).
The system and process used to notify test results varies depending on the method you chose. When you book the test you will be given more information about how you’ll get your result. You should receive your test result within 72 hours.
If you’ve had a test at a mass drive-through testing centre in. Cardiff, Abercynon, Carmarthen, Llandudno, Newport, Swansea, Margam, Powys Deeside, or Cwm near Ebbw Vale, or if you have used a home testing kit, or have had a test outside Wales You should call the free 119 number.
People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119. The contact centre is open from 7am to 11pm.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have tested positive.
If you still have a temperature after completing your 10-day self-isolation period you must continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. However, you don’t need to continue to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough, or loss of or change to smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. Full information can be seen in the self-isolation guidance.
Where you have been identified as a contact by the NHS Wales, Test, Trace, Protect service.
Where you have been identified as a contact by the NHS Wales, Test, Trace, Protect service, a contact tracer will advise you to only take a test if you start having symptoms during your 14 day self-isolation period. As a contact, your household doesn’t need to self-isolate. However if, or when, you develop symptoms, your household has to self-isolate in line with the self-isolation guidance.
If you have developed COVID-19 symptoms as a confirmed contact (you’ve been told you’ve been in contact with a positive case), and the test comes back negative.
You should still complete your 14 day self-isolation period. It’s very important that you do this even if you feel well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from your last contact with someone who has coronavirus and you can infect others even if you don’t develop symptoms.
If you have developed COVID-19 symptoms as a confirmed contact (you’ve been told you’ve been in contact with a positive case), and the test comes back positive.
You should follow the same advice for people with COVID-19 symptoms- after 10 days of symptoms starting, if you feel better and no longer have symptoms other than cough or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste – you can return to your normal routine.
If you have received your test result and have questions or need further advice, please visit Public Health Wales Information for Individuals Tested for COVID-19 Infection.