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Changes to testing for Covid-19

Free tests for Covid-19 from the NHS have now ended for most people in England. A small number of people who are at high risk from coronavirus will still be able to get free tests. You can read more about the new testing guidance from the NHS.

When you should self-isolate

You should avoid contact with others if you test positive for Covid-19 or if have any of the main symptoms. While you are no longer legally required to self-isolate, staying at home and avoiding other people will mean you don't pass the virus on.


Other ways to stay safe

There are other ways you can reduce your chances of catching and spreading Covid-19.

Consider wearing a mask and keeping your distance from others in crowded places. Wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes. Ventilating indoor spaces can help blow Covid-19 particles away. 

Testing journey

Young people share their testing experiences

How to get your test 

If you are at secondary school or college 

Most schools and colleges provide pupils with self-test kits. Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test. 

If you go to work or university 

Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.

Collect self-test kits from pharmacies

You can collect self-test kits from a pharmacy near you. To collect from a pharmacy, you will need to get a collect code.

Get your test

Enter your town, city or the first part of your postcode to see where you can get a test