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Coronavirus Testing

This guidance was updated Friday 29th July 2022

LFD testing for the general public as of August 1st 2022 will pause. However testing for the following will still be available :

  • LFD and PCR testing for those eligible for COVID-19 treatments.
  • LFD testing for people visiting those eligible for COVID-19 treatments.
  • LFD testing for people visiting care homes.
  • PCR testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses for symptomatic care home residents and prisoners.
  • PCR and LFD testing in accordance with the patient testing framework and clinical judgement.
  • LFD testing for symptomatic health and social care staff.
  • LFD tests for regular asymptomatic testing for health and social care staff 

Covid-19 has not gone away and will remain with us globally. Continuing with protective behaviours is important and will help to minimise exposure to and spread of Coronavirus, as well as other respiratory infections and diseases. 

Welsh Government will strongly advise people to self-isolate if they have COVID symptoms or test positive. Face coverings are no longer required by law in indoor public places however due to local case numbers we request masks to continued to be worn in health care settings. 

For further information on the Welsh Government announcement on July 29th 2022 please click here: Written Statement: Test Trace Protect (TTP)Transition (29 July 2022) | GOV.WALES

The following advice is for the general public. If you are a health and social care worker please see the alternative provisions and arrangements are in place for health and social care staff: COVID-19 Test, Trace Protect (TTP) guidelines for health and social care workers


Frequently Asked Questions

How has Testing for Coronavirus changed?

If I have Covid symptoms, what should I do?

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 you should self isolate and order  lateral flow tests to check if you have Covid through gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by calling 119. You should continue to self-isolate until you receive your result.

What do I do if I test positive on lateral flow? 

If you test positive you should report your results via www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and isolate for a minimum of five full days. Day 1 is the day after your symptoms started or the day you had the test. Take lateral flow tests on day five and day six (24 hours apart), which should both be negative before leaving isolation.  If either of these tests returns a positive result remain in isolation until you have had two negative lateral flow tests 24 hours apart or reach day 10 of isolation – whichever is sooner. If you still have a high temperature or feel unwell, you should continue to self-isolate until it returns to normal, or you feel better.

Am I eligible for Covid-19 treatments? How do I access testing?

More information about who is eligible for treatment and when and how to contact a healthcare professional is available at https://gov.wales/covid-19-treatments.

Home testing can be accessed through gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by calling 119.

Could I be immunosuppressed? 

Immunosuppression means you have a weakened immune system due to a particular health condition or because you are on medication or treatment that is suppressing your immune system. People who are immunosuppressed, or have specific other medical conditions, have a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases, including COVID-19.

Think you are immunosuppressed? Find out more information here. 

Can I still get free asymptomatic lateral flow tests through pharmacies or 119?

No, free lateral flow tests will cease being available from 31 March for asymptomatic testing. Only testing for symptomatic individuals is available through gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by calling 119.

Are face masks required to be worn when visiting Healthcare settings?

Although not a legal requirement cases of Covid-19 remain high across Wales, we strongly advise patients and staff to wear a mask in health settings.