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Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus
- at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow
- with a home test kit
There is another test, the antibody test to check if you’ve had coronavirus. This is not widely available yet.
Who can get a test
You can get a test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
- if you live in England and have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
- if you live, work or study in these local council areas: Leicester, Luton, Pendle, or Blackburn with Darwen
- if your local council has asked you to get a test
This service is for people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When to get a test
If you have coronavirus symptoms, apply as soon as you can.
Do not wait
You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.
On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do it by 3pm.
On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.
Get a test now
Apply online on GOV.UK. Or call 119 if you have problems using the internet.
Stay at home if you have symptoms
If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate) until you get your result.
Anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate until you get your result.