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 2 days, but it can take longer.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (stay in your room) while you wait for your result.

What your result mean

The 3 types of results are:

If you have not received your test result

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

If you are waiting more than 48 hours for your result,call the COVID-19 helpline.

Do not contact your GP for a test result.

Living with someone waiting for their result

Restrict your movements (stay at home) if you live with someone that has symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting on a test result.

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: 26 August 2021 at 2.50pm