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Do You Need A COVID-19 Test?

Are you a Key Worker and Require a Coronavirus Test?

Click the button below if you require a test and you are:

  • are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff
  • are applying for tests for the residents and staff of your care home
  • have a verification code from your employer

What if i am not a key worker?

Who can ask for a test?

You can ask for 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 Coronavirus symptoms

This service is for people in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

People in Wales can ask for a home test kit here. For drive-through appointments at regional test sites in Wales, go to the Coronavirus test bookings and process on the Welsh Government website.

The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old.

If you’re asking for a test for someone else and the person is aged 13 or over, check they’re happy for you to ask for a test for them.


Please help the NHS and only ask for a test if you or someone you live with has symptoms now.

When To Ask for a Test

You need to have the test in the first 5 days of having symptoms

It’s best to ask for the test in the first 3 days, as it may take a day or two to arrange

What the test involves

The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

You can do the swab yourself or someone can do it for you.

Will i get a test?

There is a very high demand for tests at the moment.

People in hospital and essential workers, including NHS and social care staff, are getting priority.

Even if you are successful in requesting a test, we cannot guarantee you will get one. It depends on how many tests are available each day in different parts of the country.

How do i ask for a test?

You cna ask for a test online.

You will be asked:

  • How you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit.
  • for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address.

For more help with asking for a Cornavirus test see:

Answers to common questions about asking for a Coronavirus test.

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