Covid-19 testing - Free testing for the general public is no longer available

Free Covid-19 testing ended for the general public from 1 April 2022

Free Covid-19 testing for the general public ended from 1 April 2022, as set out in the Government's 'Living with Covid' plan.

People at risk of serious illness from Covid-19, and eligible for treatments, will continue to get free tests to use if they develop symptoms, along with patient-facing NHS and adult social care staff and those in other high-risk settings.

Find full details of who can get free NHS Covid-19 tests: NHS - Changes to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England.

Asymptomatic lateral flow testing will also continue to be used to protect people during periods of higher prevalence in some high-risk settings, where infection can spread rapidly.

Order free NHS Covid-19 tests if you are eligible

If you are eligible, you can get free NHS test kits sent to your home: - Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests.

If you do not fall into the categories eligible for free testing, but you wish to test yourself for Covid-19, lateral flow tests are available to buy from some pharmacies and supermarkets, including online.