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?
Test TypesInformation about types of tests, what is tested and what is a serologic test
When Do I Take A COVID-19 TestWhen is each test taken and where is it valid
How and Where can I get Tested?How and where is test is taken and how much does each test cost
Test ResultsWhen do you get a test result and how, types of test results
At-Risk GroupsAt-risk groups for severe illness
When and how are test results received?
In PCR tests, the sample is sent to the laboratory, and the result is received within 48 hours from the time of sampling (delays are to be expected due to the workload in the laboratories). Results are received through the HMOs and they can be viewed on the HMO's website or application or received through the HMOs' telephone hotline.
Authorized antigen tests do not require laboratory procedures and therefore allow for results to be received within 15 to 30 minutes, at the testing site. The result will usually be sent by text message to your mobile phone as well.
Updating the results in the Ministry of Health's systems
The Ministry of Health receives an automatic update on the results of the supervised tests:
- PCR test administered at a HMO.
- Antigen test administered at one of the authorized testing sites (HE).
- Remote authorized antigen home test (for a fee).
Information on remote authorized antigen home test >
Home antigen testing is not recorded in the Ministry of Health’s computer systems, and cannot be used to categorize an individual as recovered.
PCR test results
* Received result is only true for the time of testing. It is impossible to infer from it whether you've been previously infected with coronavirus.
Receiving a false result
COVID-19 tests of all types have a margin of error, and therefore it is possible to receive a wrong result (also called "false result" in medical terms).
- False negative result – the result is negative even though the test subject is indeed infected with coronavirus. Most errors of this type occur when the test was administered in very early stages after infection, or at a stage before the onset of sample, or as a result of a low quality test kit or sample.
- False positive result – the result is positive even though the test subject is not actually infected with coronavirus. The probability of a false positive result is exceedingly low.