Early Testing and Detection

Early testing and detection is very important

As some people infected with COVID-19 only have mild symptoms, members of the public are advised to seek medical advice promptly when feeling unwell (even if having very mild symptoms only) and get tested under the instructions of a healthcare worker, so that appropriate diagnosis and management can be given at the earliest possible time.

Virus testing routes

  • They can self-arrange testing provided by private laboratories.

1. Individuals who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 (even if having mild symptoms only)

  • They should seek medical advice promptly when feeling unwell (even if having very mild symptoms only) and get tested under the instructions of a healthcare worker. Apart from the accident and emergency departments of public hospitals and GOPCs, you may also visit private clinics and hospitals.
  • They should not attend the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations or Community Testing Centres/Stations. (CTCs/CTSs)
  • Community Testing Centres (CTCs) / community testing stations (CTSs) in Hong Kong provide free-of-charge testing services for persons specified citizens (see press release: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/06/P2022110400769.htm), relevant persons who wish to undergo a free test merely need to make online booking or use the Testing Registration QR code in the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application for registration.

2. Other individuals

Additional notes

In general, respiratory specimens such as deep throat saliva, throat swab, combined throat and nasal swab and nasopharyngeal specimens are the specimen types of choice for diagnosing COVID-19 infection.

For enquiries, please call the hotline 1830 111.

If the test result is negative

CTCs/CTSs and ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations

For individuals undergoing self-paid testing service in CTCs/CTSs, if the test result is negative, they will generally receive a test result notification from the institution within 24 hours (standard self-paid service) or 12 hours (express self-paid service).

For individuals undergoing free-of-charge testing service in CTCs/CTSs or ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations will also receive SMS notification of their test results.

If the test result is positive

Please refer to Points to Note for Persons who Tested Positive.

About rapid antigen test

Please refer to the press release on "Selecting and using rapid antigen tests" and concise guide on "Do the Rapid Antigen Test Properly". For more information on rapid antigen tests, please refer to the FAQs and relevant infographics.


Useful links

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