Coronavirus testing

To receive a test for coronavirus, you must book an appointment. You cannot be tested without an appointment.

 

Who can apply

If you have symptoms but are not a key worker 

Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms can ask for a test

Check if you have coronavirus symptoms on the NHS website.

If you are an essential worker or based in a care home

You can apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you:

  • are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff
  • are applying for tests for the residents and staff of your care home
  • have a verification code from your employer​

 

When to get tested

You need to get tested within the first five days of developing symptoms to be effective. 

 

What the test is

The test for coronavirus involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat using a long cotton bud. It tests if you currently have coronavirus. 

 

Booking options

The options for testing are:

  • Home test kits
  • Drive through test centres around London
  • Temporary Mobile Test Units

You can book a test online or via your employer. If you book through your employer, only the drive-through test centre option is available.

Mobile testing units are operating across London. Slots are limited but if you are eligible, you can apply and book a slot at the nearest available unit.

 

Questions

If you have any questions or need more information, visit the government's testing pages or contact the Coronavirus Testing Call Centre.

  • Telephone: 0300 303 2713 (open daily, 8am to 8pm)

 

Apply for a test

Apply to get tested online.

You will apply for a test by providing your name and telephone number. If you are applying as an essential worker, you will be asked why you are getting tested.

You will then receive a text message confirming if you have been allocated a slot for a COVID-19 test and you will receive a link to an appointment booking form. 

If you are unable to book online or have difficulty with the online portal, you can ring 119 to book your test.

 

Apply for a test

 

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