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.
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.
Last updated: 26 August 2021 at 2.50pm