Symptom-free testing

The lift to the testing area at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury is currently out of order.

If you need an accessible route in the meantime, please email ASTHQ@kent.gov.uk and we'll arrange alternative access.

Everyone without symptoms should get tested twice per week. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.

There are several ways to get tested, you can:

Our test sites

As long as you don't have COVID-19 symptoms, you can book an appointment at one of our test sites, take a lateral flow test and get your results within 2 hours. You may have received a text message from 'NHS-NoReply' inviting you to book a test.

These sites are in addition to the regional and local testing sites for people who have symptoms.

Symptom-free testing sites have been set up using funding from central government to support local councils and help reduce rates of COVID-19.

The information on this page is also available in British Sign Language.

Test site locations

View our test site locations on a map

  • Ashford - Unit 1 Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Road, Ashford TN24 8XW
  • Canterbury - Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ
  • Dartford - Swanscombe Centre Craylands Lane, DA10 0LP
  • Dover - The Guildhall, Sandwich Kent CT13 9AH
  • Folkestone and Hythe - Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7FP
  • Gravesham - Milton Haig, Haig Gardens, Gravesend DA12 1NE
  • Maidstone - Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ
  • Sevenoaks - Bat and Ball Centre, Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks TN14 5DN
  • Swale - Sheerness East Working Mens’ Club and Institute, 47 Queenborough Road, Halfway, Sheerness, Kent , ME12 3BZ
  • Thanet - The Centre, Birchington, Alpha Road, Birchington CT7 9EG
  • Tonbridge and Malling - The Dray, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Beltring, Tonbridge TN12 6PY
  • Tunbridge Wells - The Camden Centre, 1, Market Square, Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SW.

Eligibility

To take a symptom-free test you need to:

  • live or work in Kent
  • be 5 years old or over
  • have no COVID-19 symptoms (and not be self-isolating)
  • not have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

If you're booking an appointment for a child who is 5 or over, please book a separate appointment at a similar time to you, as they will need your help completing the test.

Book a test

To take a test, you'll need to visit one of our test sites. View our easy read guide to booking and attending a symptom-free test (PDF, 139.1 KB).

Book a symptom-free test

If you live or work in Medway, find out more about Medway Council's symptom-free testing.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell before your appointment, don't attend. Book a​​​​​​​ test​​​​​​​ for people with symptoms or call 111 instead.

What to expect

You’ll need to bring:

  • your mobile phone (with a QR code reader or the NHS app already installed if possible)
  • your booking confirmation
  • proof of identity (photo ID). You can bring proof of address if you do not have photo ID.

All of our test sites are COVID secure. Our staff all wear PPE and are tested regularly and government guidance (including social distancing rules) is strictly followed.

Your temperature will be checked before you enter the site.

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat (tonsil), using a long cotton bud. You will do the swab yourself in a booth and the booths will be cleaned after each use. View our easy read guide to taking a symptom-free test (PDF, 155.1 KB).

Results and next steps

You will get your result within 2 hours. If the result is positive, you will be told to self-isolate, follow the national guidance and you will be instructed to have a PCR test to confirm your positive result. If you are told to self-isolate, you may be eligible for support from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme.

If the result is negative, you must still continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash your hands.

Please keep following the rules and limit your social interactions. It's important to self-isolate, not only after receiving a positive test result but also while you wait for the results.

If you have any queries about symptom-free testing you can email us at ASTHQ@kent.gov.uk.

British Sign Language video explaining symptom free testing

We have made this British Sign Language video available as an alternative format of the content on this page.

Symptom free testing British Sign Language video.