Test and Protect

Help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Test and Protect is Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus in the community.


Test and Protect is Scotland’s way of putting into practice the test, trace, isolate, support strategy.

It will prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community by:

  • Identifying cases of coronavirus through testing
  • Tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with them
  • Supporting those close contacts to self-isolate, so that if they have the disease they are less likely transmit it to others

Breaking the chains of transmission in the community will stop the virus spreading. This will allow us to gradually change the restrictions that help to suppress the virus.


There are test centres across Scotland for people with and without symptoms. You can also get tests to do at home.

You can get a test for:

  • Yourself
  • Someone you care for
  • A child in your care

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Get a test if you have symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Get a test if you do not have symptoms


It’s very important that you stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus or you live with someone that has symptoms. Household isolation will help to control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community and the most vulnerable.

Follow this advice if you:

  • Have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus but don’t need hospital treatment
  • Live with someone who has symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus
  • Are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive

Guidance for those who need to isolate can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-infection.

Check-in Scotland

You can log your contact details with any business or venue that displays the Check In Scotland Test and Protect QR code poster. When you visit, scan the poster with your mobile phone camera or, if you have one, a QR code scanning app. This will help the NHS contact trace you if someone from the venue later tests positive for coronavirus.

If you’re the owner or manager of a venue, you can find out more about the QR code and creating one for your venue by visiting www.mygov.scot/qr-check-in.

Find out more about using the Check In Scotland QR code at www.mygov.scot/help-qr-check-in.


Many people will be able to self-isolate with the help of nearby family, friends or neighbours.

If you need support but cannot get this from friends or family, phone the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 or textphone 0800 111 4114. The helpline is open from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

More ways to get support for you or someone you know through the Ready Scotland website.

If you are told to isolate by Test and Protect you may be eligible for a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Protect Scotland app

The free NHS Scotland Protect Scotland app has been designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

By using the app and following current public health measures we can all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Find out more about the Protect Scotland app or download it through the App Store and Google Play.

Further information

You can find out more about Test and Protect through the Scottish Government website.