Guidance

COVID-19 self-test help

Find out how to test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) if you are asked to, and learn what help is available.

Some people are being asked to self-test for COVID-19 to help them stay safe and stop the spread of the virus. This is a new service and you will be contacted if you are being offered a rapid self-test kit.

Self-test instructions

You must follow the instructions in your self-test booklet. The instructions for COVID-19 self-testing are available online in English and the following languages:

Video: how to self-test

Watch a short video demonstration of how to take the test.

Report your result

You will be told how to report your result when you are given your test kit.

Reporting your result helps the NHS monitor the spread of the virus, reduces transmission, supports communities and helps to save lives.

If you have COVID-19

Find out what to do if you test positive including government guidance for self-isolation.

If you have a medical emergency or you think there is something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you are worried. Trust your instincts.

Published 23 December 2020
Last updated 29 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added link to the self-test instructions for use and translated versions of it.

  2. First published.