Early Testing and Detection

For Specified premises of Compulsory testing notice:

Persons who have been tested positive in the past three months, including positive cases either by nucleic acid tests recorded by the DH or by RAT that have been self-declared to the DH, are no longer subject to further compulsory testing. For those who are subject to compulsory testing, they cannot use RAT to fulfil the compulsory testing requirement unless they are tested positive by RAT and have declared the result. In other words, a negative RAT result cannot be deemed as fulfilling the compulsory testing requirement.

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.

Other virus testing routes

Please also refer to the press releases on "Government updates risk-based testing strategy".

1a. Individuals subject to compulsory testing / in targeted groups

1b. Persons arriving at Hong Kong and subject to compulsory testing

2. 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. They can proactively make a request to your doctor for testing when there is any suspicion
  • Apart from the accident and emergency departments of public hospitals and GOPCs, you may also visit private clinics and hospitals. The Government provides free testing of COVID-19 for private doctors (free medical consultation service not included), whose compulsory testing will continue to be conducted using DTS specimen.
  • They should not attend the mobile specimen collection stations or Community Testing Centres (CTCs)

3. Other individuals

  • They can obtain a deep throat saliva (DTS) specimen collection pack from any of the designated distribution points, and return the specimen to one of the designated collection points
  • Or they can undergo self-paid testing in Community Testing Centres (CTCs) / community testing stations (CTSs)
  • Or they can self-arrange testing provided by private laboratories

Distribution points of DTS specimen collection packs

Stool bottle collection points

Collection points for submitting specimens

Additional notes

In general, respiratory specimens such as deep throat saliva, combined throat and nasal swab and nasopharyngeal specimens are the specimen types of choice for diagnosing COVID-19 infection. Stool specimen may be used as an alternative for testing when collecting respiratory specimen is not feasible for children under 3 years old and those who are not suitable for respiratory specimen collection.

If a residential building is put under compulsory testing notice, parents who need the stool bottle for their kids shall call 6275 6901 for prior arrangement to collect the stool bottle from the assigned clinics.

How to self-collect and return the specimen

Specimen collection

Returning the specimen

You may return the specimen by yourself (except persons who are under quarantine) or family members/relatives/friends to one of the specimen collection points on the same day of specimen collection. You may also choose to use door-to-door specimen collection service at a charge.

For door-to-door specimen collection service, advanced booking is required (including online payment requirements). Due to service capacity and other reasons, service providers may have limited service on specified dates, you are advised to contact them as early as possible to avoid late submission. You may visit their websites by clicking the names of the companies below or contact them directly.

Door-to-door specimen collection service

  • GOGOVAN (enquiry phone number: 5681 4989)
  • Pickupp (enquiry email: hk@pickupp.io)
  • Toby (enquiry phone number: 3703 3250)

Note: Charged door-to-door specimen collection service is not applicable to persons undergoing compulsory quarantine at the Desginated Quarantine Hotel. Please note that all post offices will NOT collect specimens. Please do NOT send specimens by postal mail.

If the test result is negative

CTCs and mobile specimen collection stations

For individuals undergoing self-paid testing service in CTCs, if the test result is negative, they will generally receive a test result notification from the institution within 24 hours.

For individuals undergoing free-of-charge testing service in CTCs or mobile specimen collection stations (for example those subject to compulsory testing or in targeted groups) will also receive SMS notification of their test results.

Self-collection of DTS specimens

Generally speaking, submitted specimens will be tested within 3 days. If there are barcodes on the specimen bottle and request form, you will also receive an SMS notification of your negative test result within 3 days.

If the test is referred by private medical practitioners, you may contact them for enquiries.

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

COVID-19 Testing Service for Targeted Groups

Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons

Factsheet on COVID-19 Vaccination For Persons with Prior COVID-19 Infection

Primary Care Directory