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? All the information on COVID-19 tests

How and Where can I get Tested?

How do I take a COVID-19 test?

PCR tests and rapid 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 and in Home Front Command facilities. Information on the HMOs' testing facilities can be found on the HMOs' websites.
    Further information on the Home Front Command's testing facilities
  • Those who are unable to arrive in the testing facility due to medical issues – may ask their HMO for a protected staff to arrive in their place of residence to administer the test at home.
  • Those who do not have HMO insurance – should contact the Ministry of Health's hotline at *5400 and, if necessary, will be referred for testing in Bikurofe clinics.

Supervised rapid tests

Are administered in authorized testing facilities in a nationwide deployment
Map of authorized stations

Rapid tests at the entrance to places that comply with the Green Pass scheme

There are rapid tests that are administered at the entrance to places that comply with the Green Pass scheme, but they are not valid elsewhere.

How much do these tests cost?

PCR tests

  • PCR tests in testing facilities by the HMOs and the Home Front Command: Free of charge.
  • PCR tests at the airport, before arrival in Israel:
    • Cash payment at the airport: 115 NIS
    • Credit payment at the airport: 100 NIS
    • Advanced payment at the link in the end of the arrival statement form: 80 NIS
  • PCR tests taken before leaving Israel: Paid service

Rapid tests

  • Supervised rapid test administered in one of the authorized testing facilities for close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 patient: Free of charge
  • Supervised rapid test administered in one of the authorized testing facilities for the issuing of a daily Green Pass:
    • Adults and children older than 12 and 3 months: 52 NIS. Payment on the spot.
    • Children aged 3 to 12 and 3 months: Free of charge.
    • People with a contraindication against vaccination with the vaccine for COVID-19: Free of charge.
  • Home rapid test kits: Paid service
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