People who have any of the symptoms below, even if mild, should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms appear:
fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher) or chills
loss of taste or smell
runny or blocked nose
shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
muscle or joint pain
loss of appetite
Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.
People who have been at an exposure location or an interstate restricted zone must also seek testing, as directed.
Please be prepared if you need to get tested by bringing water and snacks.
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.
People with COVID-19 symptoms can visit a dedicated COVID-19 clinic or SA Health drive-through testing clinic to be assessed and tested. You do not need a referral or an appointment.
Respiratory Clinics are available for anyone with respiratory conditions. Free. All ages. Bookings essential. They do not test people without symptoms (e.g. people arrived from interstate with no symptoms who are required to get tested). Clinics are Commonwealth funded and supported by Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN.
SA Pathology offers a dedicated metropolitan service to take COVID-19 tests within a persons’ home. Some regional home-based testing services are also available.
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services testing
Private providers may charge a gap for COVID-19 testing.
Overseas residents who fall ill in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance. For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, SA Health hospitals and COVID-19 testing centres will waive the costs of diagnosis (tests) and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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