Who should get tested and when to get a COVID-19 test
Learn who needs to get tested and when you need get tested for COVID-19.
Getting tested for COVID-19 is free, convenient and easy.
If a GP (doctor) referral is required for a private testing clinic, ask whether you will be charged for the referral.
COVID-19 testing for travel clearance purposes is conducted at private pathology clinics only. Charges may apply for COVID-19 testing services for travel.
Who should get tested
It is important to maintain high testing rates to identify as many cases in the community as quickly as possible.
Get tested if you have
- any COVID-19 symptoms, even if only mild
- visited a place or travelled on public transport at the same time as a confirmed COVID-19 case
- been told you are a close or casual contact by
- NSW Health
- your workplace
- another organisation or
- someone who has found out they have COVID-19 (if they are someone you know).
- been at an interstate COVID-19 case location during a specific time period
- been in contact with a person (including family, friends and people you live or work with) who
- is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or
- is a close contact of someone confirmed to be infected with COVID-19
People at risk
It is important that you monitor for symptoms carefully and get tested if they appear if you are
a healthcare worker
- a disability and aged care worker
- at increased risk of severe disease
- working in a school community.
Information and advice
Follow the NSW Health advice for
Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line for information about COVID-19 on 1800 020 080.
A close contact is someone who:
- is likely to have come into contact with a person who has COVID-19 and
- is at risk of developing COVID-19.
You are a close contact if:
- NSW Health tells you by text or phone that you are a close contact
- you have been to a place on the day and time listed on the COVID-19 case locations and venues of concern
- your employer tells you that you've been near a confirmed case at work
- you are informed directly by someone who has found out they have COVID-19 (if they are someone you know).
If you are a close contact you must:
- immediately self-isolate, even if you feel well and don’t have any symptoms.
- get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for at least 14 days after you last had contact with the infectious person.
- follow the NSW Health advice for close contacts.
Find out more about close contacts and self-isolation rules.
If you are a casual contact, you must:
- get a COVID-19 test immediately, even if you feel well and don’t have any symptoms.
- you must self-isolate until you receive a negative test
- follow the NSW Health advice for casual contacts.
Find out more about casual contacts and self-isolation rules.