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When should I get a coronavirus test?
 
  • Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested by a doctor or a public health professional. The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
 
Can I get a test in order to go abroad?
 
  • Do not use this service to get a test in order to travel to another country. NHS Test and Trace do not provide certificates for travel purposes. If a travel company has asked for evidence of a negative coronavirus test result, we are unable to provide this service. You should only get tested if you have symptoms.
 
Should I get a test if someone in my household has symptoms?
 
  • If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then they must get tested and the rest of your household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on gov.uk
 
Should I get tested if I’ve been in close contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus?
 
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to self-isolate. 
 
If I have been abroad and am quarantining should I get a test?
 
  • If you have been abroad and are quarantining, you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to quarantine.
 
Find NHS testing guidance here.
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