COVID-19 testing for people who don't have symptoms

One in three people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms.

Regular symptom-free testing will help identify people who could be spreading the virus without knowing and in turn help to keep infection rates low so we can return to normal life as quickly as possible.

Symptom-free testing is now available for everyone in England and it is recommended that you test yourself twice a week, especially if you leave home to work, have children attending school, or are socialising with others outdoors.

Get help with your symptom-free test

If you would like someone to do your test for you, you can get book an assisted test at a participating community pharmacy.

Book a symptom-free test at a community pharmacy.

Take a symptom-free test at home

If you’re happy to do the test yourself at home, you can collect tests from various locations across the county. No need to book, just find a site near you, visit during the open hours and collect your tests. You will usually be given two boxes of seven tests.

Within the test kit you will receive instructions on how to take the test, how to record the test result and what to do if you test positive. You should record both positive and negative results.

Anyone who tests positive from a symptom-free test is required to self-isolate along with the rest of their household and book a follow up test to confirm the result. This should be done within two days of the positive symptom-free test result. If your follow up test is negative, you will be able to stop self-isolating.

Find out where you can collect a symptom free test.

If you can’t get to a test site, you can order symptom-free test kits to be delivered to your home.

There is more detailed information about symptom-free testing for households or bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges at GOV.UK.