As part of the government's 'Living with Covid' plan, unless you fulfil certain criteria, people living in England will have to pay for a lateral flow or PCR test from the start of April.
There will no doubt be some concerns about the scrapping of free tests, especially with the rise of Covid infections and hospitalisations in recent weeks.
According to the government, the new strategy will allow us to 'to begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections', particularly as we have much stronger protection against Covid-19 as a result of the vaccine.
It follows the announcement last month that scrapped the legal self-isolation period for anyone in England who tests positive for the virus.
We explain below how to get hold of a Covid test from 1 April, who is still eligible to get them for free, and how the rules will affect you depending on what country you live in.
Up until 1 April, lateral flow tests and PCR tests (for anyone with symptoms) have been provided for free. However from the start of April, if you live in England and have Covid symptoms, you'll only be able to get a free test if you come under the following groups:
If you have Covid symptoms, such as a high temperature, the advice from 1 April will be to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Once you feel well enough and your high temperature has gone, it's advised you can then resume normal activities.
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people where possible. Once their high temperature has gone and they feel well enough, they can return to school.
This list includes pharmacies as well as high street retailers such as Boots and Superdrug.
Boots has confirmed customers will be able to buy tests for £2.50, or a pack of four for £9.50.
Superdrug will be selling a single test for £1.99 or a pack of five for £9.79.
As the provision of free Covid testing ends, the official list of symptoms has been expanded.
There are now nine new symptoms on the list and 12 in total.
In addition to the existing symptoms of a high temperature, a new and persistent cough, and anosmia, there is now also:
While free Covid tests for the general public are set to end in England, some free testing will continue in other parts of the UK.
In Scotland some free testing will continue until 18 April, after which free lateral flow tests won't be available to the majority of people. Healthcare workers, hospital patients and those visiting high-risk settings will still have access to free tests.
In Wales, freely available PCR tests will stop from 28 March. You'll be able to order free lateral flow tests until the end of June, but only if you have symptoms.
Northern Ireland has said that a review into Covid testing is 'ongoing' and hasn't confirmed any changes yet.