What test to take and when, where are the tests administered, how long does it take for results to arrive and what is a serologic test?

How and Where can I get Tested?

How do I take a COVID-19 test?

PCR tests and antigen tests are administered in the same manner: By insertion of a sterile swab (a pick with a cotton wool tip) into the oral and nasal cavity in order to collect a sample. The sample collection process only takes a few seconds and does not hurt.

Where do I take the test?

PCR tests

  • Are administered in accordance with the Ministry of Health's guidance in HMO clinics, free of charge.
    Who can be tested:
    - Those aged 30 and above.
    - Those returning from abroad, of any age, will be able to test during the 10 days after arriving in Israel by presenting a flight ticket or cruise ticket from the last 10 days, or confirmation of payment of an exit fee from the Israeli land border crossing from the last 20 days.
  • Those who do not have HMO insurance - It is possible to perform a authorized antigen test in one of the authorized testing sites free of charge, or a PCR test at a private company for a fee.
  • Those who are unable to arrive at the HMO to test, can perform a remote authorized antigen home test, for a fee.
    Information on remote authorized home test >

Authorized antigen tests

These tests are administered at authorized sites across the country.
Map of testing sites >

The Antigen tests array is expanding to meet the demand, and now you can take an antigen test remotely under professional supervision. A fee is charged for the service provided by private companies approved by the Ministry of Health.

Information regarding an authorized remote home test >

How much do these tests cost?

PCR tests

  • PCR tests administered at testing sites by the HMOs - free of charge.
  • PCR tests taken before leaving Israel (If traveling to a destination where such testing is required) - for a fee.

Antigen tests

  • Authorized antigen test administered at one of the authorized testing sites for those who received a positive home test result, or those arriving to “Magen Avot v'Imahot” facility (geriatric health and welfare facilities) during the first 24 hours - free of charge.
  • Home antigen test kits - for a fee.
  • Remote authorized antigen home test - for a fee
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