Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is an alternative to standard PCR testing.

If you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, you can access 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 your positive result with 24 hours using the online form.

It is recommended that you also report your negative and invalid results to help provide a full picture of rates of COVID-19 testing in the state.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (including close contacts) and test negative using a rapid antigen test, you must get a PCR test to confirm your result.

For more information about reporting your results and what your result means, visit the rapid antigen testing page.

PCR testing

You must get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (including close contacts) and quarantine until you receive a negative result.

You should also get a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative on a rapid antigen test (and you must if you are a close contact).

You must also get a PCR test if you are directed to by SA Health or SA Police. This includes if you are a close contact and cannot access a RAT Collection Point or a privately obtained RAT.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative, stay at home until you are well.

COVID-19 PCR and flu testing

Only people in high risk groups should have a combined COVID-19 and flu test.
High risk groups include:

  • children aged 5 years and younger
  • people aged 65 years or older
  • a resident of an aged care or long term residential care facility
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • pregnant women
  • people with long-term medical conditions
  • people with a disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities
  • people who are obese (BMI 30 or more)
  • people who are sleeping rough

Combined COVID-19 and flu testing is available for high risk groups at COVID-19 testing sites, by GP referral only.

If you have respiratory symptoms and can’t get into your usual GP, you can make an appointment at a metropolitan or regional GP Respiratory Clinic.

Other testing options

There are many options to get PCR 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.

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.