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COVID-19 Testing

Updated: 25 November 2021

Anyone can be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus without experiencing any symptoms. To help protect each other and reduce transmission, it’s really important to have regular COVID-19 tests if you are coming to campus or living in our residences. Here are some options available to you to take regular tests if you don’t have coronavirus symptoms (asymptomatic):

KCL TEST (available on campus and in residences) - is a convenient, non-invasive PCR saliva test. PCR testing is the most sensitive and accurate method of testing that is currently available because it identifies the virus at an early stage. See the KCL TEST tab below for more information and where to pick up and drop off tests.

Please see the KCL TEST Christmas opening hours below. 

Lateral Flow home testing - this is a self-administered swab of the throat and nose. See the Lateral Flow tab below for more information and where to pick up a box of test kits. 

Going on clinical placements?
If you are going on a clinical placement, please ask your placement lead to confirm which type of COVID-19 test (Lateral Flow or PCR) is acceptable to your placement provider.

Planning to travel abroad?
KCL TEST offers a free Fit to Fly certificate service for students and staff. See the Fit to Fly tab below for more information.

Please remember to check your travel date around KCL TEST’s opening times if using this service for a Fit to Fly certificate. Please also check the Christmas collection times.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, please do not come onto campus. Instead, please follow the NHS advice to book a test and please fill out the King’s Self-Isolation form so we can support you.