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Access to rapid COVID self-test kits (lateral flow tests) are now available to unpaid carers.

First published:
11 May 2021
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

People can order a test online or can collect from certain test sites across Wales, with no appointment needed. Details of the collection sites and opening times (

Lateral flow tests enable regular asymptomatic testing for coronavirus and make it convenient and accessible for people not covered under existing schemes at workplaces, childcare settings, schools, colleges and universities.

About 1 in 3 people who test positive for coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others, which means asymptomatic testing is an important way to keep people safe as restrictions are easing.  Anyone with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and get a test by phoning 119, booking it online or via the NHS COVID-19 app.

Each person will routinely be able to collect or have delivered 2 packs of 7 rapid COVID self-test kits for home use. It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week (tested 3 – 4 days apart) with every result recorded on the UK government portal. 

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething said:

I’m pleased to announce that unpaid carers can access home testing kits either by ordering online or collecting from a convenient location. This will help to protect them and those they care for and provide reassurance as we continue to ease restrictions.