From 1 April 2022, free testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS has ended for most people in England.
Free testing services have now closed at -
- NHS testing sites
- council-run community collection points
- schools, nurseries and universities
Free testing continues to be available for some people who are still able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS. The eligible people include -
- if you have a health condition which means you are eligible for new COVID-19 treatments
- if you are going into hospital for surgery or a procedure
- if you work in the NHS or in social care
You are eligible for free tests if you are -
- NHS patient-facing staff
- staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider and have direct contact with NHS patients
- a social worker
- a personal assistant
- a Shared Lives carer
- a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector
If you are eligible, you can order free NHS test kits.
What you can do instead of taking a COVID-19 test
If you or someone in your household has symptoms or a respiratory illness they should follow the national guidance on what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you still want to get tested and are not eligible for a free NHS test, you can pay for a COVID-19 test through pharmacies or retailers.