Testing for COVID-19

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2022 3:42pm

Get tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild and you are vaccinated, or
  • are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • you are directed to by Public Health.

To get a free test for COVID-19 you can have:

  • a rapid antigen test (RAT) you can take at home, or
  • a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at a testing clinic.

RATs can be collected or may be delivered to your home. Results are available within 10 to 20 minutes and if you get a positive result you must notify Public Health. If you have a negative RAT result but you continue to have symptoms, you should repeat the RAT with a new kit the next day or arrange a test at a testing clinic.

You can get a free PCR test at a testing clinic and results are usually provided within 48 hours. Some people are advised to have a PCR test.

See the COVID-19 testing explained infographic.

If you are a visa holder you will be able to access a free COVID-19 test. Please note that COVID-19 test information is only used for public health purposes and has no influence on your visa status. The Tasmanian Government’s primary concerns are for your health and the safety of the community.

Testing after vaccination

Mild side effects are common after vaccination. If you experience fever, fatigue or headache within 48 hours of a COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 testing may not be required. If you have respiratory symptoms at any time, including sore throat, runny nose or cough, a COVID-19 test is recommended, unless you have recently had COVID-19. See testing after having COVID-19 for more information.

Testing after having COVID-19

You may continue to have symptoms after leaving isolation, or get symptoms again after you have recovered because your immunity may have decreased.

Unfortunately, you can get COVID-19 more than once, see advice for testing after having COVID-19.

If you have concerns talk to your GP or call HealthDirect on 1800 020 080.