Free testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS has ended for most people in England. Free testing services have closed at:
- test sites
- community collection points such as libraries
- schools, nurseries and universities
What you can do instead of taking a COVID-19 test
Most people in England are no longer advised to get tested. Find out:
- what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19
- what to do if you've been in close contact with someone with COVID-19
- how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself. You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online. Do not call 119, as you will not be able to get a test this way. You cannot order tests from NHS 111 or 999.
Who can get a free NHS COVID-19 test
There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS:
- If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments - Find out more about testing guidance and new COVID-19 treatments
- If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure you may need to get tested -Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.
- If you work in the NHS or in social care - Find out more about free NHS tests if you work in adult social care on GOV.UK
Order a free NHS COVID-19 test if you're eligible
You can get free NHS test kits sent to your home.
If you need help with your order
If you cannot use the online service to order and you're eligible for free NHS tests, you can 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.
What is a Covid-test?
There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you're getting tested.
The 2 main tests are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
- rapid lateral flow tests – these are usually for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test