Coronavirus tests

All those in United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests. Find out how to get your test.
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You can get a free NHS test if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you're getting a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
  • you live in England and have been told to get a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
  • your local council asks you to get a test
  • you're taking part in a government pilot project

Do not ask for an NHS test if:

  • you live with someone who has coronavirus but you do not have symptoms yourself – you need to self-isolate
  • you've been in close contact with someone who has the virus but you do not have symptoms – you do not need to do anything unless NHS Test and Trace tells you to
  • you're going abroad but do not have symptoms
  • you've arrived in the UK from abroad but do not have symptoms – you need to self-isolate if you've come from a country with a high coronavirus risk
  • your employer or school has asked you to get a test but you do not have symptoms

If your employer, school or travel company has asked you to get tested, and you do not have symptoms, you can pay for a private test.

Book your test today

Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, book your test today via the NHS website.

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