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 not received your result

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

If you are waiting more than 48 hours for your result, you can complete the COVID-19 delayed PCR test result form.

Do not contact your GP for a test result.

What your result means

The 3 types of results are:

Last updated: 14 March 2022 at 2.40pm