• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Negative Test added to COVID Certification Scheme


As of today, 06 December, Scotland’s COVID certification scheme includes provision for a negative test for COVID-19, as an alternative to proof of vaccination.


LFD test kit instructions include details of how to register a test result on the online results portal or by phone. Once the test result is registered (and the individual consents to receive a confirmation message), an email and text is issued to confirm the result. People can show that text or email message to gain entry to settings where certification is needed.


The SNP Government is also working with local partners including Local Authorities and transport partners to further expand the availability of free lateral flow tests and identify further sites for them to be picked up, including shopping centres, supermarkets, garden centres, sports grounds, Christmas markets and transport hubs.

Proof of vaccination or a record of a negative test is needed to get into the following higher risk settings in Scotland:


  • late night premises with music, which serve alcohol at any time between midnight and 5am and have a designated place for dancing for customers

  • indoor events (unseated) with 500 or more people

  • outdoor events (unseated) with 4,000 or more people

  • any event with 10,000 or more people

  • Unless exempt, everyone attending these settings and events must be able to show they have been fully vaccinated or that they have a record of a negative rapid lateral flow test (LFD) or PCR taken within the previous 24 hours.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“COVID certification is playing a positive role in reducing the risk of transmission. It is also allowing higher risk settings to continue to operate more safely. This change makes it possible for people to show proof of a negative test as an alternative to proof of vaccination.


“Especially because so many of us are excited to socialise indoors again this festive period, I urge everyone to be extra vigilant and comply with public health measures and guidance, including regular testing, taking up your vaccine, wearing face coverings and working from home where possible.


“It’s good to see there has been a significant increase in demand for tests recently, and encourage all households to have and use a regular supply of the tests.”


Guidance for customers and businesses has also been published.


An example copy of the instructions for undertaking and registering a lateral flow test is available online - Your step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing (publishing.service.gov.uk). Newer lateral flow devices are much easier to use than the older ones – they require nasal swabs only rather than nasal and throat swabs.


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