Treatments and tests

COVID-19 testing

Get tested for COVID-19 early – people are most infectious early in the illness.

COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, which can be mild, moderate or severe. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please get a COVID-19 test. 


What are the symptoms and when should I get a COVID-19 test?

Get tested if you have any of the following, no matter how mild:

  • Fever (≥37.50C) OR recent history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills), without a known source
    OR
  • Acute respiratory symptoms (including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose)
    OR
  • Acute loss of smell or taste

Can I get tested if I do not have symptoms?

Asymptomatic testing is only permitted under certain circumstances. It is generally limited to people who must isolate or quarantine, or who are in isolation or quarantine.

COVID-19 tests for the purposes of international visa requirements, G2G applications for travel interstate or work clearances are not available at public COVID clinics. A GP referral or pathology form is required for testing at a private pathology clinic.

What does a COVID-19 test involve?

A swab will be inserted into the back of your throat and then through your nose by a qualified practitioner. This is a fast procedure, lasting less than a minute. It may cause some mild discomfort but is not painful.

Your swab sample will be taken to a laboratory to be tested for COVID-19.

Where can I get tested?

Testing is available at COVID clinics, regional public hospitals, health services and remote health clinics (where COVID clinics are not available); and, private pathology centres. For locations and opening days/times please visit the COVID clinics page.

Note: testing at private pathology centres is generally not permitted without a GP referral or pathology form, unless specifically authorised, e.g. in the event of an outbreak.;

COVID-19 Testing in regional and remote WA

Find out where to get tested for in regional and remote areas of WA (PDF 1.5MB).

Where can I find out about the real-life experience of testing?

Hear about Jill's testing experience.

View the WA Health coronavirus (COVID-19) playlist on YouTube (external site).

Last reviewed: 22-09-2021
Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.