Guidance

How to do a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home

Find out how to do a rapid lateral flow test for COVID-19 and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

How you do the test depends on the test kit you’re using.

The throat and nose test kit has a blue and white pack.

Nose-only test kits have a:

  • blue, white and grey (MP Biomedicals)
  • green and white pack (Orient Gene)
  • blue and white pack (ACON Flowflex)

Check which pack you have as it may be different to one you’ve had before.

If you need a test kit, order rapid lateral flow tests.

There’s separate information on how to do a PCR home test. This is the type of test you usually do if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Videos: how to do a rapid test at home

There are separate videos for the throat and nose test, and nose-only tests.

Blue, white and grey (MP Biomedicals): nose-only test

Watch a video demonstration of how to do a nose-only test (blue, white and grey pack – MP Biomedicals).

Green and white pack (Orient Gene): nose-only test

Watch a video demonstration of how to do a nose-only test (green and white pack - Orient Gene).

Blue and white pack (ACON Flowflex): nose-only test

Watch a video demonstration of how to do a nose-only test (blue and white pack - ACON Flowflex).

Blue and white pack: throat and nose test

Watch a video demonstration of how to do a throat and nose test (blue and white pack).

What to do when you get your results

Report all results (positive, negative or void):

  • every time you use a rapid test kit
  • within 24 hours of getting the result

Reporting your results helps scientists track the spread of COVID-19 and spot new outbreaks faster, which helps protect communities.

If you cannot use the online service, call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines).

Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. 119 provides support in 200 languages.

SignVideo is a free online British Sign Language interpreter service for 119.

Find out what your result means and what you need to do on NHS.UK.

Guides in different formats and languages

There are separate guides for the throat and nose test, and nose-only tests.

English

Find step-by-step guides, including easy read and large print versions:

Polski (Polish)

Znajdź przewodniki krok po kroku, jak wykonać szybki test:

中文(简体 (Chinese - Simplified)

查找进行快速测试的分步指南:

ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi - Gurmukhi)

ਰੈਪਿਡ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਕਦਮ-ਦਰ-ਕਦਮ ਗਾਈਡਾਂ ਲੱਭੋ:

Româna (Romanian)

Găsiți ghiduri pas cu pas pentru testele rapide la:

العربية (Arabic)

:بحث عن أدلة تفصيلية حول إجراء اختبار سريع

ગુજરાતી (Gujarati)

ઝડપી પરીક્ષણ કરવા માટે પગલું-દર-પગલા માર્ગદર્શિકાઓ શોધો:

فارسی (Persian)

:افتن راهنماهای گام به گام برای انجام تست فوری

اردو (Urdu)

:ریپڈ ٹیسٹ کرنے کے لیے قدم بہ قدم رہنما تلاش کریں

Slovenčina (Slovak)

Nájdete podrobných sprievodcov rýchlym testom:

Türkçe (Turkish)

Hızlı (rapid) test yapmak için adım adım rehberleri burada bulabilirsiniz:

Cymraeg (Welsh)

Dod o hyd i ganllawiau fesul cam i gynnal prawf cyflym:

Soomaali (Somali)

Raadi hagayaasha tallaabo-tallaabo ah si aad u sameyso baaritaan degdeg ah:

বাংলা (Bengali)

দ্রুত পরীক্ষা করার জন্য ধাপে ধাপে নির্দেশিকাগুলি পাবেন এখানে:

پن٘جابی (Punjabi - Shahmukhi)

:اک ریپڈ ٹیسٹ کرن لئی اپنا مرحلہ وار گائیڈ لبھو

हिंदी (Hindi)

त्वरित परीक्षण करने के लिए चरण-दर-चरण गाइड प्राप्त करें:

دری (Dari)

:راهنمای قدم به قدم برای انجام تست سریع را ببینید

پښتو (Pashto)

:د ګړندۍ ازموینې لپاره ګام په ګام لارښوونې وګورئ

Published 23 December 2020
Last updated 22 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added information about ordering a rapid lateral flow test and how to do an MP Biomedicals rapid nose-only test. Added Dari and Pashto translated guides.

  2. Added information about the InterpreterNow service and that 119 provides support in 200 languages.

  3. Added information about how to do an ACON Flowflex rapid nose-only test. Updated information about the different types of rapid tests, checking which test you have and reporting your result.

  4. Updated to add information about checking with test you have, the different types of test and how to do a nose-only rapid lateral flow test, including videos and instructions.

  5. Changed page title, summary and body content to make it clear that the instructions are for a rapid later flow tests. Updated information on what to do when you get your result and reporting your results

  6. Added link to the self-test instructions for use and translated versions of it.

  7. First published.