Testing for COVID-19

There multiple options available to get tested for COVID-19 in South Australia

What kind of test should I get?

What kind of test should I get?
Your situation What to do
I am a close contact
  • Rapid antigen test – register to collect two free tests
  • Quarantine for 7 days from exposure (date of exposure day 0)
  • Complete initial and day 6 test
  • Report results
I have COVID-19 symptoms, but no known contact
  • PCR test
  • Quarantine until negative result received
I have no symptoms and no known contact
  • Monitor for symptoms and seek a PCR test if symptoms develop

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 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.

PCR testing

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.