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When should I get tested?

Everyone in Northern Ireland with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for a free test. If you’re not sure if you have symptoms, you can check using the COVID-19 symptom checker (

You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms starting.

To clarify:

  • You should get a test ONLY if you have symptoms
  • if you are self-isolating because you had a Close Contact Alert, you ONLY get a test if you have symptoms  
  • a negative test does not mean you can leave self-isolation, unless you have been isolating continuously for 14days
  • If the person who triggered your close contact alert was a household member (i.e. a friend or relative who lives with you) self-isolation because they had symptoms and were getting a test and the person then tests negative, the household self-isolation can end.
Updated: 5 months ago Posted: June 12, 2020 3:33 pm Share: