Free lateral flow device (LFD) tests are available for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland.
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t show symptoms, so can spread the virus to others without knowing.
Regular LFD testing helps us to find positive cases in people who have no symptoms, but who are still infectious.
LFDs can be
ordered online. They can also be collected from:
Pharmacies are regularly restocked with LFD test kits and additional booking slots are added throughout the day for online orders to help with high demand.
What is an LFD test?
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.
When you should use an LFD test
Everyone in Scotland should take an LFD test twice a week, and before socialising or travelling.
Close contacts who are fully vaccinated should take a daily LFD test for 7 days from their last contact with a positive case and do not need to self-isolate if each test is negative. If one is positive, you should
If you have tested positive, you may be able to end self-isolation early if you have 2 negative LFD test results in a row from day 6 onwards, taken 24 hours apart.
Read further information about the rules for ending self-isolation early.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not use an LFD test. Self-isolate immediately and
book a PCR test instead.
How to get a test
Use this guide to find out how to get tested for coronavirus.
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Collect LFD tests from your nearest coronavirus test site
Find your nearest coronavirus test site where LFD tests can be collected
You’ll be able to collect one pack of 7 lateral flow tests from any regional drive through or local walk-through test site in Scotland.
They can be collected between 8am and 8pm. You don’t need to book an appointment.
Collect LFD tests from your nearest pharmacy
Find your nearest participating pharmacy
You’ll be able to collect one pack of 7 lateral flow tests.
If your pharmacy doesn’t have any available when you go to collect them, ask your pharmacist when they will get their next delivery.
You do not need to book an appointment. Do not enter a pharmacy if you have
coronavirus symptoms. Order LFD tests to your home
order LFD tests to be sent to your home within 24-48 hours.
Your order will contain one pack of seven LFD tests. Additional booking slots are added throughout the day so you may wish to try at a later time if at first you are unable to place an order.
If you’re ordering for another household as well as your own, you should:
complete a separate order
use their personal details
If you can’t place an order online, phone 119.
Collect from your local authority or asymptomatic test sites
Please visit your
local authority website for more information on other places you can collect LFD test kits in your community.
If they are available in your area, you may also be able to visit a community asymptomatic test site to take an LFD test. These are sites only for people without symptoms.
Check if there is a community asymptomatic test site in your local authority
You can also collect LFD test kits from:
where you learn (school, college or university)
where you work if in education, health and social care
your workplace if it has signed up for our workplace testing programme