Coronavirus (COVID-19): Get a test if you do not have symptoms
Free, fast and regular testing for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) is available to everyone in Scotland.
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not show symptoms, so can spread the virus to others without knowing.
Regular testing helps us to find positive cases in people who have no symptoms, but who are still infectious. If people who test positive self-isolate, we can break chain of transmission and help limit the spread of coronavirus.
A negative lateral flow device (LFD) test does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus. You must continue to follow the latest government advice and restrictions in place in your area.
What test you’ll be offered
The test mainly being used for people without symptoms is an LFD test.
LFD tests detect proteins in coronavirus. They’re simple and quick to use, so are sometimes called rapid tests.
Who can get a rapid LFD test
Everyone in Scotland can do this type of test twice a week.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not use a rapid LFD test. Self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test instead.
Children and young people
You need to be aged 18 or over to collect or order the test kits. Anyone aged 12 to 17 should ask an adult to collect or order a test kit for them. They should then self-test and report their result under adult supervision. We do not recommend regular testing for children who go to primary school, or who are younger than primary school age.