Apply for a coronavirus test

Published: 27 May 2020


If you think you may have coronavirus follow the self-isolation guidance.

Members of the public

Before requesting a test you must have at least one of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • loss of smell or taste

You need to take the test in the first 5 days of having symptoms. The test does not tell you if you have already had coronavirus.

Apply for a test online to receive a home testing kit (on NHS). You can also apply for a test for someone in your household with symptoms.

Alternatively, members of the public can apply for a home testing kit by phoning the free number 119.

People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119.

Critical workers

Health and social care workers should speak to their employer for advice on how to get tested.

For all other critical workers the quickest way to get tested may be booking at a drive-through testing centre or mobile unit.

Alternatively, request to receive a home testing kit by post (on GOV.UK).

Read more about who is a critical worker.

Test results

The system and process used to notify the results of tests varies according to the method chosen, and on booking the test you will be given further information on how the result will be provided.

If you have received a test result and need further information on what to do next, please visit Public Health Wales.