Free rapid Covid-19 test kits are available for everyone

21st April 2021 in Covid-19

Everyone can now collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid Covid-19 tests to do at home from your local pharmacy or a lateral flow test site.

Why you should get tested regularly

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.

Please note: If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have coronavirus symptoms on GOV.UK

How to get rapid Covid-19 tests

Go to a test site

You can go to a rapid lateral flow test site to get a rapid test.

If you go to a test site:

  • you may need an appointment, so check before you go
  • a trained helper might be able to help you do the test
  • you’ll get a text or email with the result when it’s ready

Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site

Get a test to do at home

You can get rapid Covid-19 tests to do at home.

You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:

You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK

If you do tests at home, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone (number included in your test kit’s instructions).

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.

If you’re in a childcare or support bubble with someone who attends or works at a school, college or nursery, you can get a rapid test at a rapid lateral flow test site or order tests to do at home.

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

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

Employee testing

Some employers are offering rapid tests. Ask your employer if they provide rapid tests.

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