Find out where to get a PCR test for COVID-19.
From 1 July 2022, you will need a referral to get a COVID-19 PCR test or respiratory panel test at Clinpath and Australian Clinical Labs sites (including drive-through sites). Patients will no longer be able to arrive and receive a swab without a referral. COVID-19 testing without a referral is still available at SA Health and SA Pathology drive-through sites.
Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is an alternative to standard PCR testing.
If you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, you can access 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 your positive result with 24 hours using the online form.
It is recommended that you also report your negative and invalid results to help provide a full picture of rates of COVID-19 testing in the state.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (including close contacts) and test negative using a rapid antigen test, you must get a PCR test to confirm your result.
For more information about reporting your results and what your result means, visit the rapid antigen testing page.
PCR testing is available for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including close contacts. You should quarantine until you receive a negative result.
You must get a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative using a rapid antigen test.
You must also get a PCR test if you are directed to by SA Health or SA Police. This includes if you are a close contact and cannot access a RAT Collection Point or a privately obtained RAT.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative, stay at home until you are well.
Only people in high risk groups should have a combined COVID-19 and flu test.
High risk groups include:
Combined COVID-19 and flu testing is available for high risk groups at COVID-19 testing sites, by GP referral only.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you test positive using a rapid antigen test (RAT), you must report your result within 24 hours.
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