Book a Covid-19 Test

As society begins to reopen and certain restrictions are removed, Test and Protect will remain a key part of keeping the Covid-19 infection rate low. There are now several ways in which you can get a test or tests depending on your circumstances.

Please note that when booking a test, students should use their own mobile number and university email address/personal email address for their Test and Protect contact details - not the University phone number.


If you have symptoms of Coronavirus:

You should book a PCR test - you can choose either to have a test sent to your home or attend a testing site, which are located across Scotland.

You can find full details of the process and of testing sites here.

There is currently a walk through Covid-19 testing site at our Craiglockhart campus but this is not operated by the University and you must book an appointment through the link above.


If you do not have symptoms but need to attend campus:

Many people have Covid-19 but have no symptoms, which is one of the ways it can spread quickly to different people. That’s why being tested is so important. It protects everyone within your household and within our Edinburgh Napier community. If you are coming on to campus, you can arrange for regular lateral flow tests. Lateral flow tests are free and can be ordered through the NHS Inform website.

There are test kits for students not displaying symptoms are available at many locations across the city and can also be collected from our Student Accommodation receptions and our campuses.

ENSA (Edinburgh Napier Students' Association) will be handing out testing kits on campuses as part of their September roadshow and you can find out details of when and where they will be available on their Covid-19 Vaccination Bus / Lateral Flow Kits - Edinburgh Napier Students' Association web page.

There will also be testing kits available on our campuses which you will be able to pick up from our iPoints from October onwards.


If you are changing households or addresses:

If you are planning to change the address that you live at during any period of your time at University - including the holidays and between trimesters - please arrange to have a PCR test before you travel

After you have travelled to your new address, please arrange to have a lateral flow test

If you are unable to access a PCR test before you travel, please arrange to have a lateral flow test instead.

By having both tests, you will protect people before you leave on your journey, and you will be able to check that you have not contracted the disease during your journey.


International students

If you are currently overseas, you should not travel to Scotland until face-to-face teaching resumes for your course. When returning, you must follow the guidance on international travel and testing including quarantining if you are from a non-exempt country.

You can find more information on the International Students FAQ page.