I need to be tested for Covid19. Can I still get tested?
Who can get tested for Covid19? Can I just turn up at a test centre without an appointment?
For the most up to date information on who is eligible to book a PCR test, please see the HSE website: HERE
The information below is updated as of March 2022 but is subject to change. Please check HSE website for most up to date information using the link above.
There are 2 types of free COVID-19 tests available from the HSE:
- antigen tests (home test kits)
- PCR tests (done at a test centre and sent to a lab)
You do not need a test if you are:
- under 55 years of age with symptoms of COVID-19 and you are otherwise healthy
- age 55 or older and you are fully boosted, even if you have symptoms of COVID 19
When to get a PCR test
You can get a PCR test if you have symptoms and you:
- are age 55 or older and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose
- have a high-risk medical condition
- have a weak immune system (immunocompromised)
- live in the same household as a person who has a weak immune system or provide support or care for them
- are pregnant
- are a healthcare worker
- If you have a positive antigen test, you can book a PCR test if you need a COVID-19 Recovery Cert.
Using the link from the HSE website you can book your own date and time for your test & will receive a confirmation SMS text & email once booked.
When to get antigen tests
If you are a healthcare worker and you are a household close contact, you can get antigen tests if you:
- do not have symptoms of COVID-19
- have not had COVID-19 in the past 3 months
If you are a healthcare worker and you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test.
Antigen tests are not recommended for children under the age of 4.
- When booking an appointment, the appointment must be booked in your correct name and details.
- For all other queries or advice on testing please see the HSE website by clicking here