Who can apply 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
To request a coronavirus test, go here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
The following groups of people can access priority testing through GOV.UK:
- essential workers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- anyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over 5 years old who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with an essential worker
- children under 5 years old in England who have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker (this test must be performed by a parent or guardian)
To apply for a test if you are an essential worker, go here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers
When to apply:
You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It’s best to apply for the test in the first 3 days as it may take 1 or 2 days to arrange.
Frontline essential workers such as NHS staff will be given priority.
How to apply:
There are two ways to apply for a coronavirus test.
Self-referral - https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test
Employer referral - The employer referral portal allows employers to refer essential workers who are self-isolating either because they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms, for testing.
In order to obtain a login, employers of essential workers should email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- organisation name
- nature of the organisation’s business
- names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details