When taking a Home Test, you don’t have to travel anywhere, meaning you can avoid public transport or driving potentially long distances to your nearest testing centre.
Home Testing may be a good choice for you if you or someone you live with is shielding or isolating. The sample kit is posted to you and your samples are returned for testing via the post, so you won’t have to leave your house or place of quarantine except to take your sample to a post box, minimising the risk of transmitting or contracting the coronavirus while you're undergoing testing.
You don’t have to book an appointment, so you can do the test when it suits you, within any timeframes required by international and UK travel rules.
Taking a swab sample feels a little uncomfortable and unusual for most people. Using an At-Home swab kit in the comfort of a familiar environment may mean you feel more relaxed, making the process slightly easier. That said, some private providers conduct video consultations giving you the peace of mind of professional help from the comfort of your own home.
Self-swabbing at home can often be more cost-effective than paying for a clinicians time at an assisted appointment.
Make sure you locate your local Priority Postbox before you take your test and, if someone you’re living with is isolating or shielding, you might want to arrange for someone else to take your test to the post.