How to book a coronavirus test in Northern Ireland
As the company begins to reopen in Northern Ireland and restrictions ease slightly, it’s still important to get tested for the coronavirus if you have symptoms.
This means you can start to self-isolate and avoid passing the virus on to other people, who may be vulnerable and at a higher risk of developing more severe symptoms.
Symptoms of Covid-1 9 include a high temperature, another continuous cough, and loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.
If you develop any of these symptoms, it is important to book a test immediately and isolate it until the results are known. If your test is positive then you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Booking a test is quick and easy – here’s what you need to know.
When to get tested for the coronavirus
You should take a Covid test as soon as possible within the first eight days of symptom onset.
From day 1 to day 7, you can get tested at a test site or at home. If you book a home test kit for the seventh day, be sure to do so before 3 p.m.
How to get tested for the coronavirus
There are many ways to get tested for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland if you have symptoms.
- Booking a test online for a car or self-guided test site, or a mobile test unit.
- Order a postal self-test kit online.
No matter where you do your coronavirus test, whether at a test site or at home, these are both self-swab tests that require swabbing from inside the nose and back of the throat. .
The testing program aims to give results within 24 to 48 hours of your test. However, if you take the test at home, the results may take up to 72 hours.
Asymptomatic tests for workers in key sectors in Northern Ireland are now also available.
Where can you get tested for the coronavirus?
There are many drive-in and walk-in test centers throughout Northern Ireland.
Driving test sites include:
- Belfast: SSE test center, Odyssey car park, BT3 9QQ
- Derry / Londonderry: Lycra Parking (near Rec Club), Maydown Works, 60 Clooney Road, BT47 6TP
- Enniskillen: St Angelo Airport, 62 Killadeas Road, Trory, BT94 2FP
- Craigavon: Central Sports Arena, Kernan Hill Road, BT63 5PY
- Antrim: Antrim Business Park, Randalstown Road, BT41 4LD
All in-car service centers are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Walk test sites include:
- Coleraine: University of Ulster (parking lot 4), Cromore Road, BT52 1SA
- Derry / Londonderry: University of Ulster Magee Campus, parking lot 3, Rock Road, BT48 7NT
- Ballymena: Ballymena Showgrounds, Slemish Drive, BT43 7DS
- Belfast: Queen’s Sports Club (PEC) car park, Stranmillis Embankment
- Lisburn: Longstone car park, BT28 1DD
- Newry: Albert Basin / St Christopher Park, rue William, BT34 2D
- Omagh: avenue Lisanelly, BT79 7BQ
All drop-in centers are open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., seven days a week.
Temporary mobile test sites are also in place across Northern Ireland, with the latest information available here.