Apply for a Coronavirus test if you're an essential worker
Use this service to apply for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you have symptoms and you:
Coronavirus symptoms are:
This test can tell you if you have coronavirus at the time the swab sample is taken. The test to tell if you’ve ever had coronavirus (‘antibody test’) is not available yet.
Apply within the first 3 days of having symptoms. The test is best taken within 5 days of symptoms starting.
You might not get a test if you apply - it depends how many tests are available in your area.
If you’re applying for someone else and they’re aged 13 and over, you must check that they are happy for you to apply for them.
You’ll usually have the option of taking the test at home or at a drive-through testing site.
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
See the NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice about dealing with the symptoms of coronavirus.