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 and in Home Front Command compounds.
    Map of authorized testing sites
  • Those who are unable to arrive at the testing site 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.

Authorized antigen tests

These tests are administered at authorized sites across the country.
Map of authorized 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 and the Home Front Command: Free of charge.
  • PCR tests taken before leaving Israel (If traveling to a destination where such testing is required): privately funded.

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: Paid service.
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