Testing for people without symptoms

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. Testing when you don’t have symptoms helps keep you and everyone around you safer.

Why test when you don't have symptoms

Regular testing with free rapid LFT tests when you don’t have symptoms helps find positive cases quickly. This helps to stop the virus spreading.

You are at higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 in crowded and enclosed spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious and where there is limited fresh air.

It’s a good idea to take a test before you spend time in spaces like public transport, shops, parties and events. It’s also a good idea to take a test before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.

If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test for people with symptoms online or by calling 119. These tests will take place at the Newclose Cricket Club site or you can order a home PCR test.

Changes January 2022

If you test positive on an LFT, you must self-isolate immediately and report your result on gov.uk.  After reporting a positive LFT result, you will be contacted by Test and Trace so that your contacts can be traced. You must continue to self-isolate.

There are high levels of COVID-19 across the UK at the moment. People with positive LFT results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Please note:

If you think you are eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must confirm your positive result with a PCR test to get financial support. Please check your eligibility on this page on the Isle of Wight Council’s website.

Rapid daily testing

People who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 should take an LFT every day for 7 days. If, during the 7 days you test positive on the LFT but don’t have symptoms you should self-isolate and report your result on gov.uk

If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. If the PCR is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day you developed symptoms. You do not need to carry on taking daily LFTs.

This applies to:

  • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 jabs
  • all children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status
  • people who can prove they are unable to be vaccinated for clinical reasons
  • people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

Under 5s are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily rapid lateral flow testing.

Please note:
Unvaccinated adults are not eligible for daily rapid testing. They must still self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (all variants including Omicron) unless eligible for an existing workplace daily contact testing.

The government website has more information about daily rapid testing.


You can get rapid LFT tests by:

  • Pharmacy collect (pick up home test kits)
  • Pharmacy assist (get a supervised test)
  • Online ordering (order home test kits)
  • Workplace testing (take tests via your work)
Pharmacy Collect

Pharmacy collect allows you to get free home testing kits for people without symptoms. This service is only available at certain pharmacies.

Enter your postcode and find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS Find where to get rapid lateral flow test portal.

You do not currently need a collect code to pick up test kits in pharmacies.

Pharmacy Assist

Supervised testing is available in participating pharmacies across the Island.

Enter your postcode and find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS Find where to get rapid lateral flow test portal.

Online ordering

You can order home testing kits direct from the government website. 

Workplace testing

Some workers are already able to access rapid response testing from their workplace. Workers can use home testing if workplace testing hasn’t been set up. 

Reporting your test result

It’s important to report your test result on this page.

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