Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is an alternative to standard PCR testing.

If you test positive in a rapid antigen test, you do not need to get a PCR test to confirm the result.

Report your result using the online form.

For more information about reporting your results and what your result means, visit the rapid antigen testing page.

PCR testing

PCR testing is available for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including close contacts.

COVID-19 PCR and flu testing

Only people in high risk groups should have a combined COVID-19 and flu test.
High risk groups include:

  • children aged 5 years and younger
  • people aged 65 years or older
  • a resident of an aged care or long term residential care facility
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • pregnant women
  • people with long-term medical conditions
  • people with a disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities
  • people who are obese (BMI 30 or more)
  • people who are sleeping rough

Combined COVID-19 and flu testing is available for high risk groups at COVID-19 testing sites, by GP referral only.

If you have respiratory symptoms and can’t get into your usual GP, you can make an appointment at a metropolitan or regional GP Respiratory Clinic.

Other testing options

There are many options to get PCR tested for COVID-19 in South Australia. Some require a booking and others are walk-in. Some require a referral and some do not.

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.

GP Respiratory Clinics are also available to support the assessment of people experiencing mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

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.

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.

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