COVID-19 PCR test results

You will get your test result by text message.

You cannot use a HSE COVID-19 (coronavirus) 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

When you'll get your result

Most people will get their result within 72 hours, but it can take longer.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or had a positive antigen test, self-isolate (stay in your room) while you wait for your result.

If you have not received your test result

Test results are given 7 days a week up until 9pm.

If you do not receive your result within 72 hours, you can complete the COVID-19 delayed PCR test result form. We will find your result and send it to you.

Do not contact your GP for a test result.

What your result mean

The 3 types of results are:

Living with someone waiting for their result

Restrict your movements (stay at home) if you live with someone that has symptoms of COVID-19 or has had a positive antigen test and is waiting on a PCR test result. Do this regardless of whether you have had your first round of COVID-19 vaccination, your booster or a previous positive PCR result.

How long you need to restrict movements, depends on the result of their PCR test.

If their test comes back positive, you will be a close contact and should follow the advice for close contacts.

If their test comes back negative, you can return to your normal activities.

Read about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Last updated: 5 January 2022 at 12pm