Testing for COVID-19

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2022 3:30pm

Get tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild. You still need to get tested even if you have been vaccinated
  • 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 state 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 remain in isolation and repeat the RAT with a new kit the next day or a PCR test at a testing clinic.

You can get a free PCR test at a state operated testing clinic and results are usually provided within 24 hours Some people are recommended to get a PCR test. From 9 August, everyone who is tested at a state-run PCR clinic will be tested for COVID-19, Influenza A, Influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

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 COVID-19 and were released from isolation within the last 28 days. See testing after having COVID-19 for more information.

Testing after having COVID-19

Unfortunately, you can get COVID-19 more than once. See advice for testing after having COVID-19 for more information about what to do if you develop symptoms or become a close contact in the 28 days after you are released from isolation

If you have concerns talk to your GP or healthcare provider, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.