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  • Who should get tested?

    If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

    People with no symptoms (asymptomatic) can also be tested for COVID-19 in very specific circumstances:

    • If you are a close contact exposed to someone known to have COVID-19.

    • If you are a returned international traveller. 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 program across an industry or group.

  • What do I need to do before I get tested for COVID-19?

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

    • current wait-times

    • walk-through or drive-through access

    • if the Testing Registration Form to pre-register before your COVID-19 test is available

    • if the testing site requires a booking (only required at selected sites)

    • age limit of children being tested

    • accessibility requirements.

    You can now use the Testing Registration Form to pre-register before your COVID-19 test to speed up information collection at the testing site. Available at most sites so check the map below to see if the Testing Registration Form is available at your preferred location.

  • What do I need to bring with me?

    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. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

  • Can I attend a COVID-19 testing clinic if I am a close contact of a COVID-19 case?

    You are able to leave your home to be tested during quarantine, but it is important you take steps to minimise any risk to others when doing so.

    There are a few ways to get tested if you have symptoms:

    • If you are able to travel by private vehicle, please do so.

    • Please wear a mask while you are out of the house and perform hand hygiene before you leave home.

    • If you are not able to drive in a private vehicle, you can walk to a testing site as long as you can do so without entering any communal (shared) indoor areas (like lifts, foyers, stairwells) while other people are present.

    If you cannot attend a testing site in either of the above ways, you may be eligible for home testing through the Call-To-Test program. This is available people aged 5 years and over with COVID-19 symptoms who cannot leave home due to an injury, mobility or other eligible reasons.
    To check if you are eligible, visit Call-to-Test - Reaching out to vulnerable Victorians or call 1800 675 398 then select option 5 and then option 5.

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