Covid-19 testing

Updated 12 April 2021

There are several different ways to get a Coronavirus test in Kent and Medway, depending on where you live and whether or not you have coronavirus symptoms.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should now get tested twice a week, especially as lockdown restrictions are easing and you may be leaving the house more frequently.

Around one in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms, so please get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.

Order tests by post

Rapid lateral flow tests, for use by people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms, can be ordered by post by anyone aged 18 plus in England.

Order online to receive a free pack of seven tests. You can order one pack per household each day.

Other ways to get tested for Covid-19

  • If you live in Kent, visit Kent County Council’s website to find out how to get tested.
  • If you live in Medway, visit Medway Council’s website to find out how to get tested.

Local hospitals, GP surgeries and walk-in centres are not doing Covid-19 tests for the general public. Please do not go to local health services to ask for a Covid-19 test.

If you would like to contact the national testing programme or raise a complaint about Covid-19 testing, please contact the Department of Health and Social Care on 020 7210 4850 or fill in their online form.

Order Covid-19 tests online

Covid-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

There is a different process for testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel. Find out more on the gov.uk website.

Check the latest Government guidance on Covid-19 testing.

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