Free universal symptomatic and symptom-free testing has ended.

For more information, see the government's Living with COVID announcement.


There are different tests you can get to check if you have COVID-19. The test you need depends on why you're getting tested.

The two main tests are:

  • PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms where results are confirmed following lab testing
  • Rapid Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) – these are usually for people who do not have symptoms

Symptom-free testing

Information on who can access free LFTs from 1 April 2022 and how to get them.

Find out about symptom-free testing


Symptomatic PCR tests

Find out if you need to get a PCR test, who can get free NHS tests and how to book a test.

Find out more about getting tested