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Symptom-free testing for individuals

There are two different ways to get a symptom-free test for you or a member of your household.

Children aged under 11 years do not need to get a symptom-free test.

Observed tests

Observed tests are done at local testing sites. You swab yourself under the guidance of a trained operator who then processes the test, reads the result and records it.

You may want to get an observed test because:

  • You're more likely to get accurate result as a trained operator is present
  • They're simple and supervised to help you get it right
  • All you need to do is book at your nearest site and turn up
  • The team register your test for you

Find out more about observed tests and book an appointment


Self-tests are designed to be done yourself, at home. They come with instructions that tell you what to do.

You may want to get a self-test because they're:

  • Convenient - do your test at a time that suits you
  • Easy to access - you can choose either to get your test kit delivered or pick it up from a local collection site

Find out more about self-tests and how to get one


Read our FAQs to find out more about symptom-free testing.

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