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Take regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms and are aged over 11.

First published:
4 March 2021
Last updated:

Overview

If you are over the age of 11 you should regularly take lateral flow tests (LFTs) and report your results. LFTs are available for everyone free of charge.

Lateral flow tests are for people who do not  have COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any symptoms, you should book a PCR test (on gov.uk).

In addition to testing regularly, you should also take a LFT test:

  • if you are going to be in higher risk situations, including spending time in crowded or enclosed spaces
  • before you visit people who are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • you are travelling to other areas of Wales or the UK
  • if you are identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive

How to get lateral flow tests

You can collect lateral flow tests from a pharmacy or local collection point.

You can also order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time for delivery within 1 to 2 days:
•    order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
•    call 119 to order rapid lateral flow home test kits
 

School, college and nursery testing

  • You can get LFT tests through your school, college and nursery (for staff) during term time
  • You should test 3 times a week and report the results.
  • Primary school-age children and younger do not need to regularly test.

Employee and university testing

  • Some employers and universities offer lateral flow tests. Ask your employer or university if you can get LFTs from them.

Report your lateral flow test results

Once you have done your LFT test, you need to report the results. You need to report all results within 24 hours, whether positive, negative or void. 

Report your results on gov.uk or by calling 119.

This helps our understanding of current COVID-19 rates. It means new outbreaks are identified. It also helps us to understand how tests are used.

What to do if you have a positive lateral flow test result

If you get a positive lateral flow test result, self-isolate immediately and follow the self-isolation guidance.  

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