Symptom-free testing

The lift at the Sidney Cooper Gallery test site in Canterbury will be unavailable until 25 April.

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, especially if you're leaving the house for a necessary reason, such as going to work or shopping for essentials. 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.

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

You may have received a text message from 'NHS-NoReply' inviting you to book a test. You can book an appointment at any of the 21 sites across Kent.

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

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

Test site locations

View our test site locations on a map

  • Ashford - Ashford North Youth Centre, Mabledon Avenue, TN24 8BJ
  • Ashford - Unit 1 Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Road, Ashford TN24 8XW
  • Canterbury - Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ
  • Canterbury - The Herne Centre, School Lane, Herne, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7AP
  • Dartford - Swanscombe Centre Craylands Lane, DA10 0LP
  • Dover - Dover Discovery Centre, York St CT16 1PH
  • Dover - The Guildhall, Sandwich Kent CT13 9AH
  • Folkestone and Hythe - Folkestone Library, 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone CT20 1HD
  • Folkestone and Hythe - Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7FP
  • Gravesham - Conservative Club Gravesend, 193 Parrock St, Gravesend DA12 1EW
  • Gravesham - Northfleet Youth Club, Hall Road, Gravesend DA11 8AJ
  • Maidstone - Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ
  • Sevenoaks - Bat and Ball Centre, Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks TN14 5DN
  • Sevenoaks - Swanley Youth Club, St Mary's Road BR8 7BU
  • Swale - Sheerness East Working Mens’ Club and Institute, 47 Queenborough Road, Halfway, Sheerness, Kent , ME12 3BZ
  • Thanet - Terminal Building, Ramsgate Port, Military Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9FT
  • Thanet - The Centre, Birchington, Alpha Road, Birchington CT7 9EG
  • Tonbridge and Malling - Larkfield Library Martin Square, Larkfield, ME20 6QW
  • 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
  • Tunbridge Wells - Vestry Hall, Cranbrook TN17 3HA.

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 or a member of your household go to school, college or nursery (for work or as a student) you can also order a home test kit.

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.