Use this service to get a free test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can use it if you have symptoms and either:
Check what the main symptoms of coronavirus are.
This test can tell you if you have coronavirus at the time the swab sample is taken. The test to tell if you’ve ever had coronavirus (an antibody test) is not available yet.
If you live in Leicester
Because there’s a coronavirus outbreak, you can get a test even if you do not have symptoms.
What the test involves
You can usually choose to take the test at home or at a drive-through or walk-through test site.
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
When to get tested
You need to get the swab test done within the first 5 days of having symptoms. After that, it’s too late.
On days 1 to 4, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do so by 3pm.
On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.
Applying for a test on behalf of someone else
You can apply for up to 3 other people at a time.
If you’re applying for someone who’s 13 and over, you need to check that they’re happy for you to apply on their behalf.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the test is for all ages. In Scotland, testing is only for people aged 5 and over.
If you need help with your symptoms
If you have coronavirus symptoms and need help, you can contact these services: