Treatments and tests

COVID-19 testing

Get tested for COVID-19 early – people are most infectious early in the illness.

COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, which can be mild, moderate or severe. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please get a COVID-19 test. 

What are the symptoms and when should I get a COVID-19 test?

Get tested if you have any of the following, no matter how mild:

  • Fever (≥37.50C) OR recent history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills), without a known source
  • Acute respiratory symptoms (including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose)
  • Acute loss of smell or taste

Can I get tested if I do not have symptoms?

Asymptomatic testing is only permitted under certain circumstances. It is generally limited to people who must isolate or quarantine, or who are in isolation or quarantine.

COVID-19 tests for the purposes of international visa requirements, G2G applications for travel interstate or work clearances are not available at public COVID clinics. A GP referral or pathology form is required for testing at a private pathology clinic.

What does a COVID-19 PCR test involve?

A swab will be inserted into the back of your throat and then through your nose by a qualified practitioner. This is a fast procedure, lasting less than a minute. It may cause some mild discomfort but is not painful.

Your swab sample will be taken to a laboratory to be tested for COVID-19.

Where can I get tested?

Testing is available at COVID clinics, regional public hospitals, health services and remote health clinics (where COVID clinics are not available); and, private pathology centres. For locations and opening days/times please visit the COVID clinics page.

Note: testing at private pathology centres is generally not permitted without a GP referral or pathology form, unless specifically authorised, e.g. in the event of an outbreak.;

COVID-19 Testing in regional and remote WA

Find out where to get tested for in regional and remote areas of WA (PDF 1.5MB).

Last reviewed: 20-01-2022

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.