Get a HSE COVID-19 PCR test

To get a free COVID-19 (coronavirus) PCR test at a HSE COVID-19 test centre you can:

You cannot use a HSE COVID-19 test result for international travel from Ireland. If you need a letter for travel, you need to have a negative PCR test from a private company. They will give you the letter you need to travel.

Read government advice on international travel

Book a COVID-19 PCR test online

You can book a COVID-19 PCR test online. You cannot book online for someone else, unless you are booking for your child and they are under 16.

If there are no test appointments available, check back later. Appointments may become available later in the day.

Who can get a test

You can get a PCR test if you have not had a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the last 9 months. Only get another test if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Children under 16 must have an adult with them if they are getting a test. A parent or guardian must give consent for a child under 16 to have a test.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (stay in your room) and only go out to get a PCR test. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried about symptoms, phone your GP.

Test result

You will need to provide a mobile phone number at the test centre. You will get your test result by text message. Airlines will not accept this text as evidence for travel.

Walk-in test centre locations and times

Walk-in testing is not currently available but you can book a test online for any test centre.

Last updated: 23 November at 5pm

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