Testing for COVID-19
There multiple options available to get tested for COVID-19 in South Australia
What kind of test should I get?
|Your situation||What to do|
|I am a close contact|
|I have COVID-19 symptoms, but no known contact||
|I have no symptoms and no known contact||
Rapid Antigen Testing
Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is an alternative to standard PCR testing.
If you have been advised you are a close contact of a a person with COVID-19, you can access a kit of two free rapid antigen tests from RAT Collection Points across the state.
If you test positive in a rapid antigen test, you do not need to get a PCR test to confirm the result. You are required to report positive results.
If you test negative and have symptoms, you will need to confirm the result of your day 6 test with a PCR before you can leave quarantine.
For more information about reporting your results and what your result means, visit the rapid antigen testing page.
You should get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and you are not a close contact.
You will also need to get a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative on a rapid antigen test.
You must also get a PCR test if you are directed to by SA Health or SA Police.
You must quarantine until you receive a negative result. If you are in quarantine, you need to remain in quarantine until the end of your required period even if you return a negative test result.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home until you are well.
Other testing options
There are many options to get tested for COVID-19 in South Australia. Some require a booking and others are walk-in. Some require a referral and some do not.
If you are unsure what to do, call SA COVID Information Line on 1800 253 787.
See below a range of options to get tested:
General Practitioner (GP)
Contact your GP about getting tested for COVID-19. If you qualify for a test your GP may test you in their clinic, they may come outside to take a swab test while you remain in your car, or they may provide you with a referral to attend a drive-through testing clinic.
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services testing
If you would like to know more about COVID-19, or feel that you have some symptoms, please call your local SA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (PDF 696KB).
Cost of COVID-19 tests
There is no cost for COVID-19 testing if you are tested at SA Health or Primary Health Network (PHN) facilities. This excludes pre-travel tests.
Private providers may charge a gap for COVID-19 testing.
Translated and Easy Read resources
For testing information in languages other than English, see our Translated Resources page.
For Easy Read resources, see the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Easy Read resources page.