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.

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.

What you need to bring

Bring photo ID and provide a mobile phone number.

Test result

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: 14 September at 4.15pm