The NI Executive is encouraging all asymptomatic students to arrange two LFD/lateral flow device (asymptomatic) tests, three days apart, before travelling – assuming you don’t have symptoms.
These tests are only suitable if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should book a coronavirus test in the normal way.
Asymptomatic testing at Queen's
Queen's was one of the first in the UK to establish an asymptomatic testing centre using lateral flow devices in the Whitla Hall on campus.
You can access more information about asymptomatic testing and book a test here.
The test centre is open from Sunday-Thursday, 11am-8pm.
Students who do not intend to travel are also encouraged to come forward for asymptomatic testing.
More information is available on this page.
LFD test results
LFD tests do not require laboratory processing and can turnaround rapid results.
If you receive a positive LFD test result this means that you are likely to be infectious when the test was done. If so, you will be required to complete a 10 day period of self-isolation from the date of your LFD test result and arrange a confirmatory PCR swab test as soon as possible, as you would do if you had symptoms.
Everyone you live with must also self-isolate for 10 days as they will be your close contacts.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive and can access testing, via the student LFD testing programme, you should seek a test. If you test negative, you must still self-isolate for 10 days but this can be done at home if you wish to do so and you should take into account the risk of transmission to your family. In this case, you are strongly encouraged to travel home by private transport, where possible.
If you test negative and are not a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you can safely travel home.
If you intend to travel outside of the UK, see more detailed information below.