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How you get your coronavirus (COVID-19) test result

How long it takes to get your coronavirus (COVID-19) test result depends on the type of test you had. There are 2 main types of test.

Rapid lateral flow test result

Rapid lateral flow tests use a device similar to a pregnancy test to give a quick result. They're only for people who do not have symptoms.

If you did a rapid lateral flow test at home, you can see your result in 30 minutes.

If you did the test at a test site, you should get a text or email with your result within 2 hours. Get another test if you do not get your result within 12 hours.

Information:

You should report the result of a home test as soon as possible. Report a rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK

PCR test result

PCR tests are mainly for people who have symptoms. They're sent to a lab to be checked.

Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days.

You'll usually get a text or email with your result when it's ready. If you use the NHS COVID-19 app, you may also get your result in the app.

If you do not get your results by day 6, call 119.

Calls to 119 are free from a landline or mobile phone. Lines are open from 7am to 11pm.

Information:

If you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with should stay at home (self-isolate) until you get your result.

Page last reviewed: 11 June 2021
Next review due: 24 June 2021