COVID-19 community testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms

Free lateral flow testing

Free, fast and regular testing for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms is available to everyone in Scotland. Lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits are home testing kits which can be taken at home.

Order free rapid lateral flow test kits online, pick up from most chemists or call the National Testing Centre.

Taking the test

You do the test yourself by taking a swab of tonsils, or where tonsils would have been, and nostrils. The result is usually ready in 30 minutes. You do not need to go to a testing centre and get the result at home.

A negative LFD test result is not a guarantee that you do not have COVID-19. You must continue to follow coronavirus FACTS guidance and restrictions in place in your area.

Read about testing for people with no symptoms on the Scottish Government website.

If you test positive

If you test positive, you must take a PCR test to confirm the positive results from your lateral flow test. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detecting infection.

Book a PCR test online or call National Testing Centre.

Do not make any unnecessary trips or meet anyone from another household before you have the result from the PCR test.

If you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have symptoms book a PCR test online or call the National Testing Centre.