Anyone in Scotland aged 5 or over, who is self-isolating because they are showing symptoms can be tested.

If you have symptoms or a member of your household aged 5 or over is symptomatic, you must ask for a coronavirus test.

Self-referral portal for workers

A level of priority for testing appointments will be maintained for key workers and their household members to support them returning to work where it is safe to do so. 

If you are a key worker or have to leave home to work, and you have symptoms or a member of your household age 5 years or over is symptomatic, go to the self-referral portal.


Key workers include:

  • Priority Group 1A: Staff delivering NHS services, providing social care to protect and care for the most vulnerable, all NHS staff and independent contractors working for the NHS, including community pharmacy and emergency dental care, and all social care and social work staff who work with vulnerable people and the social care system, including care homes, care at home and children’s services (including residential and secure care for children) and social care personal assistants
  • Priority Group 1B: Staff with face-to-face roles in residential institutions with people in the care of the state and those who are working essential services with niche roles, where service resilience is at risk, including operational staff in prisons, all other carers working with looked after children (not included in 1A), those working on critical national infrastructure (e.g. energy supply) with niche skills essential to maintain services safely  and defence staff living in Scotland who fall within the MOD’s very highest priority category for testing
  • Priority Group 2: Essential workers in critical national infrastructure fundamental for safety and security, and life-line services. This includes police, fire and rescue, local authority staff, defence personnel, environmental protection, animal health and welfare, funeral industry and staff working for third sector organisations supporting people and children who are vulnerable, including grant aided schools, food supply chain and food processing workers, and workers in medicines and pharmaceutical supply, chemicals supply, energy and water supply and telecomms
  • Priority Group 3: Staff directly involved in delivering other essential services. This includes staff providing child care or education for key workers, public transport workers, postal services, financial services, food retailers, construction and maintenance of essential public services, court and Crown Office staff, civil servants, politicians, consular corps, journalists and broadcasters
  • Priority Group 4: Staff and volunteers in third or public sector organisations including unpaid carers, and staff in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth