Free rapid COVID-19 testing

Free rapid COVID-19 tests are now available for everyone with no symptoms to use twice a week.
COVID-19 test Annie Spratt

1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing.

Rapid testing can detect cases fast, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately.

Making rapid tests available to everyone mean the detection of more cases. This breaks the chains of transmission and saves lives.

How to get a rapid test

Getting a rapid test is quick and easy. The expanded regular rapid tests for people without symptoms can be accessed in the following ways.

At a local community test site.

Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. Book your tests here.

Collecting a home test kit from a collection point

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. You do not need to make an appointment.

Find your nearest collection point here.

Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.  

Testing on-site at schools and colleges

Testing is available on school sites for staff and students and primary and secondary teachers, and secondary aged pupils will receive test kits directly from their schools.

Online ordering

Get tests delivered directly to your home. Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.)

Order rapid lateral flow tests here.



Why use rapid testing?

To help identify Barnet residents who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 but are infected, we’ve introduced rapid testing. 

It takes approximately 30 minutes to receive the results of a rapid COVID-19 test. It can detect COVID-19 if you are infectious at the time the test is taken. The test cannot tell you if you have been infected in the past.

Your personal data

No one at the test site can view your personal details or your test results. This privacy notice has more information on how Barnet are processing personal data in relation to the pandemic. 

Find out more, including what happens if you do test positive.

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