Do I need to get a rapid LFD Covid-19 test?

Lateral flow test is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms (they are asymptomatic), but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. By taking a test, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.

Covid testing will be available to all students on their return to University and you should get tested as soon as you can when you return to campus or access University facilities. Testing everyone will be a key tool to reduce the risk of transmission and outbreaks of Covid-19 within our community. If you do not get tested, you should self-isolate for 10 days, to reduce the risk of transmission between home and University.

The University’s Covid testing centre is now open and you can book your tests via this link.

Students who are returning should arrange to take two Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests on your return. You should book your first test for as soon as possible following your arrival in Newcastle and arrange a second test 3 days later. Between the two tests you should minimise social contact and you should not access University facilities until you have received two negative test results.

If you remained in Newcastle over the winter break and have been in contact with others you should also make arrangements to book two LFD tests 3 days apart before accessing University facilities.

If you have received a positive Covid test and/or you are self-isolating you must let us know, even if you are not in Newcastle. Please inform us by completing the self-isolation form.

Remember that you will need to book TWO Tests. Where possible these should be 3 days apart, if this is not possible this can be extended to 5 days. If you have any queries please get in touch: For students: Covid Support ( For colleagues: Occupational health ( )