Get a COVID-19 test

There are 2 types of free COVID-19 tests available online from the HSE:

  • antigen tests (home test kits)
  • PCR tests (done at a test centre and sent to a lab)

You usually do not need a test if you are:

  • under 55 years of age with symptoms of COVID-19 and you are otherwise healthy
  • age 55 or older and you are fully boosted, even if you have symptoms of COVID-19

There are some exceptions when you may need a PCR or antigen test if you have certain conditions.

If you know which type of COVID-19 test you should get, here is the link to get a test:

When to get a PCR test

You can get a PCR test if you have symptoms and you:

When to get antigen tests

If you are a healthcare worker and you are a household close contact, you can get antigen tests if you:

  • do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have not had COVID-19 in the past 3 months

Antigen tests are not recommended for children under the age of 4.

What you need to get a test online

To book a PCR test or order an antigen test online, we ask you for:

  • a mobile phone number
  • an address or Eircode

We also ask for a PPS number. If you do not have one, you can still get a test.

Why we ask for a PPS number

We need your PPS number to find your individual health identifier (IHI). An IHI is a unique number used to identify you when you use a health or social care service.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, you should:

Do these even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination or had COVID-19 in the past.

International travel

You cannot use a HSE COVID-19 test result for international travel from Ireland. A private testing company can give you the letter you need to travel.

Government advice on international travel

Page last reviewed: 10 November 2022