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How to get regular COVID-19 lateral flow tests to stop the spread of coronavirus.

First published:
4 March 2021
Last updated:


About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

If you cannot work from home

You can get regular test kits if you cannot work from home and are not part of a regular testing scheme through your employer. You can get testing kits for yourself and your household.

How to get tests

You can pick up self-test kits at certain testing sites.

Each person can collect 2 packs of 7 LFD self-test kits for home use. You do not need an appointment. Test centres are open for collection 7 days a week.

The rapid lateral flow tests are only suitable for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you need to book a PCR test.

Where to collect the tests

  • Aberdare, Coleg y Cymoedd Campus Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Aberystwyth, Canolfan Rheidol (Ceredigion County Council HQ) (9.30am to 12:30pm) Drive-through and walk-in
  • Bangor, Dean Street Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Barry, Colcot Sports Centre  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Brecon, Watton Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Bridgend, Bowls Centre Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Caerphilly, Rhymney, former Aldi site, Old Brewery Lane (8am to 1 pm)
  • Cardiff, Ely LTS, car park of former Parkview Medical Centre, Treseder Way, CF5 5NU (8am to 1 pm)
  • Cardiff, Museum Avenue  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Cardiff Bay, County Hall Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Carmarthen, Carmarthen showground site (8am to 1 pm) Drive-through only
  • Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire Archives (9.30am to 12.30pm) Drive-through and walk-in
  • Llantrisant, Royal Mint Visitor Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Llanelli, Dafen Yard (9.30am to 12.30pm) Drive-through and walk-in
  • Llandudno, Builder Street (2pm to 8pm) Drive-through
  • Merthyr Tydfil, Leisure Centre  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Neath, Milland Road Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Newport, Bettws Social Club  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Newport, Duffryn, Duffryn Arms Pub Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Newport, The Old Kwik Save Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Newtown, Shortbridge Street Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Pontypool, Old Mill Car Park  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Rhyl, Quay Street Carpark  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Shotton, Civic Hall, Connah's Quay  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Swansea, Grand Theatre  (8am to 1 pm)
  • Wrexham, Memorial Hall  (8am to 1 pm)

Find out more about how COVID-19 lateral flow tests work and their role in our testing programme.

Wider community testing

Wider COVID-19 community testing is currently available in certain areas. Everyone who lives in these areas can get regular rapid COVID-19 tests.

Community testing will help reduce the spread of coronavirus. It can identify individuals who may be infected, but might not know it. 

Get more information if you live in:

School, college and nursery testing

If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college or nursery.

You're advised to do a test twice a week.

Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.

Employee and university testing

Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.