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Lateral flow testing

About lateral flow tests

Lateral flow tests (LFT) are a fast, simple and effective way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps to stop the virus spreading.

All islanders are advised to perform a LFT twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. It's also a good idea to take a LFT at particular times like before visiting an elderly or vulnerable friend or relative, or if you are planning to attend an event or large gathering.

You can do regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 you must:

  • isolate immediately, and away from other members of your household if this is possible
  • book a PCR test using the online form or call the helpline

Home testing

Who can take part 

Islanders of any age can register to receive LFTs at home by signing up to the Home Testing Programme. 

Register for home testing

Each member of a household must register as an individual to receive their own kit. You'll be sent an email and text message with an 8-digit unique code to log in and submit results. Kits will be delivered by Jersey Post within a week of registering.

If you have previously registered, you can order more LFTs using your 8-digit code. These kits should be reordered no sooner than 14 days from the previous kits issued.

Submit your test result

Results will be invalid if read after the 15 minute window. 

You should upload any positive results to the online portal to ensure any isolation period is dated from your LFT result.

Negative results do not have to be routinely uploaded, except as part of the release from isolation process.

The results get automatically uploaded to our public health system. The Covid Safe Team is alerted when there is a positive result.

Submit your test result

Keeping a stock of test kits

Your LFT kit will be sent to your registered home address. You will receive enough kits to test yourself twice a week for 10 weeks.

Reordering more test kits

You can order more lateral flow testing kit using your 8 digit code. These kits should be reordered no sooner than 14 days from the previous kits issued.

Re-order more test kits

Test results

Taking a lateral flow test involves taking a sample from the nostrils using a swab.

We supply different types of test kits that have different processes. Make sure you read the instructions that come with your test kit.

Image of test
What you need to do
​One line next to C shows the test is negative
Covid lateral flow negative test result
​A negative result means that active coronavirus infection was not detected, at the time of the test. However, this does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus.

You can maintain normal activities, but should continue to follow the current public health guidance

If you develop any symptoms, isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

​Two lines, one next to C and one next to T, even faint lines, shows the test is positive
Covid lateral flow positive test result
You must book a PCR test to confirm your positive results within 24 hours.
You must isolate until the results of your PCR test.
You should register your positive LFT result onto the online portal.  This will ensure any isolation period is dated from your LFT result. You will also receive a six-digit code by SMS that can be entered into the COVID Alert app to anonymously notify any close contacts.
​No lines, or one line next to T, means the test is inconclusive
Covid lateral flow void test result
You will need to re-take with a fresh test kit.

Print version of your results guide

Print version of your results guide Polish

Print version of your results guide Portuguese

Dispose of used tests

Any positive material should be double bagged in standard waste disposal.

Any negative, void or unused test should be put in standard waste disposal.

Privacy policy

Lateral flow testing privacy policy

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