COVID-19 testing in Scotland has changed

Testing for the general public ends on 30 April 2022.

This is because most people in Scotland are vaccinated and there are new coronavirus treatments available.

Adults (18+) who have symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses and have a high temperature or not feeling well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, are advised to stay at home until their fever has gone or they feel well enough.

These are:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste

A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.

A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

Most people no longer need to regularly test with a lateral flow device (LFD) if they are well and don’t have coronavirus symptoms. LFD tests are being used in a targeted way, to protect the most vulnerable.

Find out more about at NHS Inform: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing in Scotland | NHS inform

Use 'Covid sense'

While all covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, the virus has not gone away. 

Use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others:

  • get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
  • open windows when socialising indoors
  • wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself
  • take a PCR test and isolate if you have symptoms
  • take an LFD test before visiting someone in a hospital or care home

Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.

Further information.