Who is eligible for testing and how to get a test.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms you can order tests online for home delivery (on GOV.UK) or by calling 119. Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.
- a doctor or specialist has said you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments
- you are going to visit someone eligible for new COVID-19 treatments
- your GP or healthcare professional asks you to take a test
- you have COVID-19 and want to check if your test result is still positive after day 5
Free NHS lateral flow tests (LFTs) are no longer available for the general public unless they have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you do not have symptoms and wish to use LFTs you can purchase them from various retailers.
Purchasing tests from a private provider
Retailers such as high street pharmacies sell LFTs in store and online. Not all of them offer the same testing services. Before you look for a private provider, you’ll need to think about what testing service you need. For example, if you are seeking a pre-departure travel test (‘fit to fly’), the testing requirements are set by the country you are travelling to, and sometimes the airline you’re flying with.
Reporting results from LFTs bought privately
If you buy a private test you should not report your result on the GOV.UK website.
Some private providers may have their own systems to report results.
If you need medical advice about your symptoms
Contact the 111 online coronavirus service or your GP if you feel your symptoms aren’t improving or you need advice. If you don’t have internet access, call 111. Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.
In a medical emergency, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have COVID-19 symptoms.