If you have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can ask for a test to check if you have the virus.
This is called an antigen test.
There is another type of test (antibody test) that checks if you've already had the virus. This test is not widely available yet. You can find out about antibody testing on GOV.UK.
If you need medical advice about your symptoms:
Who can ask for a test
You can ask for a test:
- for yourself, if you have Coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
- for someone you live with, if they have Coronavirus symptoms.
This service is for people in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
In England and Wales, you can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, you can only get a test for your child if they are aged 5 or over.
If you're asking for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they're happy for you to ask for a test for them.
Please help the NHS by only asking for tests for people who have Coronavirus symptoms now.