Free, fast and regular testing now available for people with no COVID-19 symptoms

Following from the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday 20th April, free, fast and regular testing for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus will be available to everyone in Scotland from Monday 26 April.

The position remains that if anyone has symptoms of coronavirus, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test.

At the moment, if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus you can access a test if you:

  • are part of a routine workplace or educational testing programme
  • have been asked to get tested by contact tracing because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive
  • are part of a group that has been asked to test by your NHS public health team
  • have someone on the shielding list in your household
  • live in a community that has been targeted for testing
  • are planning to travel to a Scottish island

This information is on, and the page includes details on how to access a test.

From Monday 26 April

Lateral flow home test kits will be available to anyone in the wider population who does not have coronavirus symptoms. They can be picked up from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly, or ordered online and delivered through the post. Asymptomatic community test sites will continue to operate as they do currently.