Get a PCR test for COVID-19

Find information on getting tested for COVID-19 in Victoria

Everyone’s first option should be to use a rapid antigen test.

Rapid antigen tests are the cornerstone of Victoria’s community testing system. They are quick and accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

  • If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and you can't access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test.
  • If you can't access either test at the moment, isolate at home until you can.

You can collect 5 rapid antigen tests (per person) from a COVID-19 testing site.

  • Rapid antigen tests are for personal use and not for resale.
  • Please check below to find the nearest COVID-19 testing site. Check site details for rapid antigen test availability.

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a case and you must follow your checklistExternal Link and report your result.

Early treatment medicines are now available for eligible Victorians who have COVID-19 to prevent them from getting so sick that they need hospital care. To see if you may be eligible and for more information, visit COVID-19 medicines.

Find your nearest COVID-19 PCR testing site

Many state-run testing sites across Victoria provide polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and supply rapid antigen tests (RAT) kits. You can collect free rapid antigen test kits on behalf of individuals listed on your Medicare card.

To find your closest COVID-19 testing site, operating hours, and wait times, enter your postcode or suburb below or search by site type. Look in the ‘Other site details’ under the ‘More info’ dropdown for each site to see which ones carry RAT kits.

Some sites let you pre-register your details using the Testing Registration Form, which will speed up the information collection process when you get tested. This information can be found in testing site information in the map and table below.

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are legally required to report your result to the Department of Health by filling in the form online or calling the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398. For translations, call the hotline number and press zero (0).

Note: Click an icon to view a pop-up card with site information and contact details. Multiple sites in one area are shown by the numbered icon, press on the icon to zoom in. You can make the map larger or smaller by scrolling or using the minus or plus button in the bottom left corner. You can move the map around by clicking and dragging. To view the listings in a table, click 'List view'.

  • If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should take a rapid antigen test. You can also be PCR tested for COVID-19 in very specific circumstances:

    • If you are a household or close contact unable to access a rapid antigen test. You need to wear a face mask and travel by private vehicle if able to do so.
    • If you are not a contact, asymptomatic, and you test positive on a rapid antigen test, get a PCR test to confirm that result.
    • If you are a returned international traveller and have developed COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days of arriving in Australia. Visit Information for overseas travellers for more information.
    • If you are due to have surgery or a planned hospital stay.
    • If you are part of a targeted testing (screening) program across an industry or group.

    Most COVID-19 testing locations in Victoria accept children of all ages for testing. Check our COVID-19 testing location finder to see specific ages tested at your local testing site.

    COVID-19 testing for the purpose of pre-departure international travel clearance is only available at private pathology collection centres. Fees may apply.

  • Before attending a COVID-19 testing site you should check:

    • current wait-times
    • walk-through or drive-through access
    • fill the Testing Registration FormExternal Link to pre-register before your COVID-19 test
    • if the testing site requires a booking (only required at selected sites)
    • age limit of children being tested
    • accessibility requirements.

    Bring your Medicare card and the details of your usual General Practitioner (GP) and/or GP practice, if you have one.

    If you don’t have a Medicare card, bring one form of identification such as your driver’s licence or student ID.

    The COVID-19 PCR test is free for everyone, including for people without a Medicare card.

  • After you've been tested, you need to go straight home and wait for your results. Do not go to work or go out shopping.

    Your doctor or the clinic where you were tested will contact you by phone or SMS to tell you your results, regardless of if it is positive or negative. Visit Checklist for cases if you tested positive to COVID-19.

    If you got tested to receive clearance for a medical procedure, you will need to follow the instructions given to you by your GP or surgeon.

    You should get your test results within 2 days of being tested. Sometimes it may take longer. Therefore, we ask that you only contact your testing provider if you have not received your test results after 72 hours.

    If you require a letter or other form of documentation of your result (such as for travel, medical, work or educational purposes) you should contact a general practitioner who can obtain your result and provide suitable documentation.

    If you requested a Confirmation of COVID-19 Testing, you should receive an email within 12 hours of taking your test.

    If you haven’t received it within 12 hours, check your junk or spam folder of the email address provided or call 1800 675 398 between 8 am - 6 pm Monday to Friday and follow the prompts. The confirmation of COVID-19 testing email is not a medical certificate nor states your COVID-19 test result. You can only request a Confirmation of COVID-19 Testing for tests completed in the last 14 days.

Reviewed 23 June 2022

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. The COVIDSafe Information hotline diverts to the national hotline every day from 8pm to 8am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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