How to do a self-test at home

Important Information:

  • Adults can perform the self-test on their own or with assistance if they need it.
  • Adolescents over 13 years old should do it under supervision of their parents or legal guardians.
  • For children under 13 years old, testing must be performed by an adult.

1. Prepare your test area and check your test kit contents

  • Clear, clean and dry a flat surface immediately before starting the test.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, using soap and warm water, or hand sanitizer. This is so that you do not contaminate the test kit. Now dry your hands. If doing more than one test, clean the surface and wash your hands again between each test.
  • Gently blow your nose into a tissue and throw the tissue away in a closed bin. If you are testing a child help them to blow their nose. This is so that you get rid of excess mucus.
  • Check the test kit contents. Make sure that nothing is damaged or broken.

2. Set up your test

  • Take the test strip out of the sealed packaging and place it onto the cleaned flat surface.
  • Carefully twist or snap open the sachet. Open it away from your face and be careful not to spill any of the liquid.
  • Open the extraction tube and gently squeeze all of the liquid from the buffer sachet into the tube. Avoid touching the sachet against the tube.
  • Find the swab in the sealed wrapper in front of you. Identify the soft, fabric tip of the swab.
  • Peel open the swab packaging only when you are ready to use and gently take out the swab.
  • Never touch the soft, fabric tip of the swab with your hands.

3. Take your swab sample

  • Do not touch the tongue, teeth, cheeks, gums, or any other surfaces with the fabric tip of the swab. If it touches anything else, it may spoil your sample. Never touch the fabric strip with your hands.
  • Gently tilt your head slightly backwards
  • Insert the entire soft end of the swab straight back into your nostril, slowly rotate the swab 4 times for about 15 seconds, gently rubbing it along the insides of your nasal passage. The swab tip should be inserted no less than 2.5cm (1 inch) from the edge of the nostril.
  • Gently remove the swab and using the same swab, repeat the same steps in your other nostril with the same end of the swab.

4. Process the swab sample

  • Place the fabric tip of the swab into the extraction tube so it is in the liquid. Press the tip against the edge of the extraction tube, while rotating it around the extraction tube several times. This is to transfer your sample into the liquid.
  • Pinch the extraction tube against the swab as you remove it. Make sure you remove all liquid from the soft tip of the swab.
  • Press the cap tightly on to the extraction tube to avoid any leaks.
  • Gently squeeze the extraction tube to place 3-4 drops (depending on the test) of the liquid onto the specimen well (S) on the test strip. Make sure that you are dropping liquid and not an air bubble.
  • Check the time and set a timer if you have one. Wait 15 minutes before you read your result

5. Read your result

Negative Result: One line next to C shows the test result is negative

Positive result: Two lines, one next to C and one next to T, even faint lines, shows the test is positive.

Void result: No lines or one line next to T means the test is void. Repeat the test with a new test device.

You must report your results to where you will find a list with health facilities where you can do a rapid test for free. You can find the list here (in English). Until you have the results, you and the rest of the family members need to stay at home and self-isolate. In case the repeated test is positive, the Civil Protection will contact you in order to trace your contacts and guide you.

In case of a positive result, please inform the ACS Athens Health Center at 210 60 70 217 or

6. Safely dispose of your test kit

  • Once your test is completed, put all of the used test kit contents in the waste bag provided. Put in your general household waste.

For more information on how to do a self-test at home, please click here (Information only in Greek) or watch the self-test instructions video (Self-test video in Greek, ENGLISH subtitles).