Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong can be done at community testing centres and mobile testing stations run by the government, approved private clinics/laboratories, at the airport, or conducted at home with free kits found at post offices and MTR stations. These testing providers usually conduct the highly sensitive RT-PCR test (colloquially called the PCR test) which is agreed by medical experts to deliver one of the most accurate Covid-19 diagnoses.

In general, testing is free for people under a compulsory testing order and workers required to get regular testing (e.g. staff of residential care homes and nursing homes, airport staff, construction workers, restaurant workers, teachers, quarantine hotel staff), while testing for private uses like travelling is charged. Find out where to get PCR tests and how much they cost in Hong Kong here.

Note: The information stated in this article is accurate at the time of publishing. For the latest location updates and prices, please refer to individual testing providers.

What is a RT-PCR test?

A Covid-19 RT-PCR test (short for Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a diagnostic test which detects current infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 illness. RT-PCR is a molecular test, which detects genetic material from the virus. A sample can be collected from a deep throat saliva sample or combined nose and throat swab.

Who should do the RT-PCR test?

The government recommends that individuals not exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms go to the following listed locations to get PCR testing. Individuals with symptoms should stay at home to conduct rapid antigen tests to avoid infecting others.

Community Testing Centres

The following Community Testing Centres are currently open daily from 8am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 8pm (disinfection is carried out every day in the afternoon and evening). Visitors can make a booking online or walk in at certain locations. Compulsory testing is free of charge (e.g. individuals in buildings/districts given compulsory testing orders and post-quarantine travellers doing follow-up tests); otherwise, it costs HK$240.

  • Quarry Bay Community Hall: 1 Greig Rd, Quarry Bay
  • Leighton Hill Community Hall: 133 Wong Nai Chung Rd, Wan Chai
  • Shek Tong Tsui Sports Centre: Shek Tong Tsui Municipal Services Building, 470 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun
  • Lei Tung Community Hall: Lei Tung Estate, Ap Lei Chau
  • Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre: 60 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei
  • Yau Tong Community Hall: 38 Ko Chiu Path, Yau Tong
  • Pak Tin Community Hall: Pak Tin Community Complex, Pak Wan St, Sham Shui Po
  • Tung Tau Community Centre: 26 Lok Sin Rd, Wong Tai Sin
  • To Kwa Wan Sports Centre: 66 Ha Heung Rd, Kowloon City
  • Ngau Tau Kok Road Sports Centre: Ngau Tau Kok Municipal Services Building, 183 Ngau Tau Kok Rd, Kwun Tong
  • Lek Yuen Community Hall: Lek Yuen Estate, Sha Tin
  • Yuen Long Town East Community Hall: 9 Long Yat Rd, Yuen Long
  • Siu Lun Community Hall: 19 Siu Lun St, Tuen Mun
  • Wo Hing Community Hall: 7 Wo Ming Ln, Fanling
  • Lai King Community Hall: 205 Lai King Hill Rd, Kwai Chung
  • Hang Hau Community Hall: 38 Pui Shing Rd, Hang Hau
  • Wai Tsuen Sports Centre: 6 Miu Kong St, Tsuen Wan
  • Tai Wo Sports Centre: Podium level, Tai Wo Shopping Centre, 12 Tai Wo Rd, Tai Po
  • Ground Transportaton Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport: 1 Sky Plaza Rd, Chek Lap Kok
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Mobile specimen collection stations

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Mobile Covid-19 testing station in Tseung Kwan O (© WOOMENAICHIWACHA9 via WikiCommons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Outdoor ‘mobile specimen collection stations’ have been set up in locations across the city to provide testing services. There are currently four on Hong Kong Island, 11 in Kowloon, and 28 in New Territories. For the most updated information on where these mobile testing stations are, visit the Community Testing Centres website.

Private institutions

The following private medical institutions are approved by the government to conduct RT-PCR testing.

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MTR stations, post offices, general outpatient clinics

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Free PCR test vending machine in Sheung Shui station (© YUiWEIM 2150 via WikiCommons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Free deep throat saliva specimen collection bottles can be taken from vending machines at 20 MTR stations, certain post offices, and certain General Outpatient Clinics of the Hospital Authority. To complete this test, cough deeply, spit into the bottle, and then submit it to designated clinics for processing within two days.

Test and Fly

Travellers can book a rapid RT-PCR test at Hong Kong International Airport for HK$499. Results are available within two hours and the resulting negative Covid-19 certificate is accepted anywhere in the world that a PCR test is required for entry. Testing slots can be booked up to two hours to two weeks ahead.

While Test and Fly is designed to help travellers quickly get negative certificates for flying, you don’t have to be travelling to use the service.

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Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

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