Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for throat and nose test

Step-by-step guide on how to do a COVID-19 rapid throat and nose test at home for yourself (or a child) and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

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The instructions in your test kit may look different to these guides. However, the steps for doing the test are exactly the same.

Find out how to do a rapid throat and nose test for COVID-19 at home for yourself (or a child) and report the results to the NHS.

This guide tells you how to:

  • prepare the test
  • take a swab sample from yourself or a child
  • process the sample
  • read and report the result

Find help to do the test and report your result

To watch a video demonstration and for help with reporting results, see how to do a COVID-19 rapid test at home.

Published 29 January 2021
Last updated 23 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guides and translations; amended information about test kit instructions in the details section.

  2. Updated information to make it clear the instructions, translated versions and accessible formats are for rapid throat and nose tests.

  3. Added translation