COVID-19 Tests in Hong Kong: Where to Go? (UPDATED)

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Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Hong Kong? Who is eligible? How much does it cost?

The AD MediLink team has done all the research and kept it up-to-date, so you don’t have to. Stay safe and healthy.

For a full guide about COVID-19 testing in Chinese, read here.

中文版的香港新冠病毒檢測服務一覽表請按此

 

IMPORTANT: We do not provide any service for COVID-19 test booking. If you want to get tested, please contact the COVID-19 testing provider of your choice: Their phone numbers and websites are listed below.
This guide does not aim to be exhaustive. It is informative only and based on our independent research. No hospital, clinic or company paid any fees or rendered any services in exchange of inclusion in this article. The providers are listed in alphabetical order and do not indicate any preference.

 

Should I get tested?

It is recommended you get tested if you develop any major COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, tiredness, dry cough.

Other minor symptoms to watch out for include shortness of breath, aches, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea and a runny nose.

You should also consider getting tested if you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Important: All passengers arriving from high-risk countries (i.e. Bangladesh, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US) need to get tested before their flight and show a certificate before boarding.

 

New Government Testing Scheme in Mid-November

On November 3, the government announced that Hong Kong citizens who need to prove their health status could sign up for COVID-19 screening at a cost of HK$240 at government testing centers. It is launched in mid-November.

Free Covid-19 testing is also offered from November 9 for teachers and staff in public schools and kindergartens.

 

Which COVID-19 tests are available in Hong Kong?

Two types of COVID-19 tests are available:

– Antigen test, which detects the presence of COVID-19 in the body. It is a DNA test (also known as PCR) done by swabbing for lower respiratory tract specimens through the nose (also known as an NPS swab) or throat and analyzed in a lab (the CDC recommends the nose swab for more accurate results).

– Antibody test, which is a blood test looking for evidence of an immunity response to the virus, which suggests current (IGM) or previous (IGG) infection to COVID-19. The blood test is performed in a clinic or hospital and analyzed in a lab. A finger prick blood test is also available to do yourself from home.*

*It is important to note that this at-home test cannot be used as the sole basis for diagnosis and that further testing will be required in the event of a positive result.

 

How does COVID-19 testing work?

For the swab (i.e. the DNA test), laboratories compare the genetic material obtained with the genetic code of the virus this test is also known as a PCR test. Results for swab tests will usually take a couple of days but some places offer next day results. This is the golden standard in Hong Kong as it has a high sensitivity and over 97% accuracy.

As for blood tests, the blood will be tested for antibodies fighting COVID-19. Blood tests done in clinics or hospitals can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days but the at-home finger prick tests only take 15 minutes.

The finger prick test (or antibody test) has been neither validated nor standardized and has a high incidence of false positive results when the patient exhibits no symptoms.

For this reason, the DNA test (or PCR test) is the only valid test accepted to prove you are COVID-free.

For the latest news about COVID-19, read our daily update.

 

Need health insurance?

 

Coronavirus testing in public hospitals

There are 43 public hospitals in Hong Kong. To get tested in a public hospital, you will first need to see a doctor at that hospital for a consultation. The consultation fee for public hospitals is HKD180. The doctor you see will determine your eligibility for a test (depending on your symptoms, travel history and any close contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19).

If it is determined that you are eligible, a nasal swab test will be done. The test is free. The only service you will have to pay for is the HKD180 doctor consultation.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) has set up a hotline for any public enquiry about COVID-19: +852 2125 1122. The Hong Kong government has also set up a page with all of the latest local developments.

IMPORTANT: Tests done in the public sector will not carry a health certificate declaring you free of COVID-19.

 


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Coronavirus testing in private hospitals

There are 12 private hospitals in Hong Kong. Below are the ones offering COVID-19 tests within their outpatient departments. Tests are done in person unless specified otherwise.

Please note that some outpatient clinics may not accept suspected or high-risk cases and prefer sending these patients to the public sector.

Price

Procedure

Eligibility

Appointment

(2522 2181)

NPS test or deep throat test: $1,500 (exclude doctor consultation fee & sample collection fee)

Results on the next day after 12pm for sample submitted before 2pm

Click here for more details

Not travelled out of Hong Kong in the last 14 days

Call to arrange

(2711 5222)

Deep throat saliva test + results: $1,500 (doctor consultation fee not included)

Results on the same day for specimen submitted before 10am

Doctor determines eligiblity

Call to arrange

(3153 9000)

Package including consultation + deep throat saliva test + test report: $1,950

Test results available on the same day for specimen submitted before 2pm

Click here for more details

Doctor determines eligiblity

(3651 8808)

Consultation:
$1,000 (with recent travel or contact) or $450

Deep throat saliva test: $1,500

Received specimen before 12:00, report can be collected before 22:00 on the same day

Received specimen after 12:00, report can be collected before 12:00 the next day

Click here for more details

Not travelled out of Hong Kong in the last 14 days

Limited daily quota - call to make an appointment

(2339 8888)

Package including consultation + deep throat saliva test + test result report: $1,500

Results on the same day at around 6pm

Click here for more details

Doctor determines eligiblity 

(2835 8605)

Package including one-time consultation + deep throat saliva test + test result report: $1,800

Results within the same day for sample submission before 9:30am 

Click here for more details

Not eligible if you: 
– have recent travel/contact history and 
symptoms

Click here for more details

(2849 1500)

Package including consultation + throat swabs : $2,000

Results in 1-2 working days

No symptoms

No contact with confirmed case

Call 2849 1500 or 2537 8500, or fill out online form

(3971 9900)

Deep throat saliva test + test report: $1,280

Doctor consultation + NPS test (real-time PCR test) + test report: $1,700

Deep throat saliva test: Results within 24 hours

NPS test: Results in 6 hours at the earliest

Doctor determines eligiblity 

Book via WhatsApp 6599 8461

(2275 6688)

Consultation: $220 

Deep throat saliva test: $1,500

NPS test (real-time PCR test): $1,970

Rapid test (results in 2 hours): $2,470

Click here for more details


Respiratory swab, early morning saliva

Next day results

Consultation with a doctor

Doctor determines eligibility

Cannot get tested if you:
– have been in close contact with confirmed case 
– traveled within the last 14 days

Call or email (info@twah.org.hk) to arrange

(2608 3388)

Deep throat saliva test: $2,000

NPS test (real-time PCR test): $2,500

Results in 24-48 hours

Doctor determines eligiblity 

Call to arrange

*St Paul’s Hospital and St Teresa Hospital did not offer COVID-19 testing when we last checked with them (November 30, 2020). All amounts are in HKD. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.

 

Coronavirus testing in private clinics

A number of private clinics now offer COVID-19 testing. Here are some of the ones that do according to our research.

Price

Procedure

Eligibility

Appointment

(2824 0822)

Consultation: $1,100

Saliva test: $1,150

Saliva test with express results (24 hours): $1,450

Blood test: $750

Phone consultation

A third party collects the sample for you

Results within 2-3 working days

No conditions

(6511 8000)

Deep throat saliva test: $1,990

Results within 72 hours

Doctor determines eligibility

(2158 8500)

Tele-consultation + deep throat saliva test: $1,400

Tele-consultation with a doctor who determines eligibility

Nurse comes to your house to collect the sample

Results in 2-3 working days

No conditions for consultation

Make appointment by phone 2869 9812

(2987 7575)

Consultation: $790

Saliva test:
$1,150 (+ $300 for quicker results)

Phone consultation

A third party collects the sample for you

Results in 72 hours (in 24-48 hours for quicker results)

No conditions

(3622 3452)

PCR test with medical certificate: $1,580

PCR test: $880

Rapid antibody testing: $280

PCR test results in 2 working days

Rapid antibody test results in 15 minutes
No conditions

Call for appointment

(2537 6898)

Consultation: $900 

Saliva test in the morning: $1,500

Phone consultation

Results within 2 working days
Not travelled out of Hong Kong in the last 14 days

No contact with confirmed case

(3420 6622)

Deep throat saliva test:  $1,300 + $750 for consultation

Quick results: with additional charge (second working day if specimen submitted to the lab before 10am)

Blood Test (IgG): $900 + $750 for consultation

Results in 2-3 days

- No symptoms
- Not travelled out of Hong Kong in the last 14 days

Call or email for appointment

Online form

(2155 9055)

Consultation: $1,050 

Stat PCR (24 hours results): $2,100


PCR (2 days results): $1,800

Blood test (IgG): $1,000

Phone consultation

A third party collects the sample for you

Results within 1-3 days

No conditions for consultation

For early results it needs to be done in the morning

(8301 8301)

(For people with symptoms) PCR test + clinic consultation: $300

(For people with symptoms) PCR test + video consultation: $390

(For asymptomatic people who are at risk) real-time PCR test + video consultation: $1,250

(For asymptomatic people who are at risk) real-time PCR test + clinic consultation: $950

Results within 1-2 working days 

Click here for more details

No conditions

(2197 0122)

Consultation + deep throat saliva test: $1,480 

Click here for more details

Consultation with doctor

Results on the same day before 6pm for specimen submitted before 10am

No conditions

Online booking only

*Last updated on November 30, 2020. All amounts are in HKD. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.

 

At-home COVID-19 testing in Hong Kong

– Hong Kong home care company Evercare now provides COVID-19 tests performed by a nurse at home or in the office for HKD2,200/person (HKD1,800/person for groups of 5 or above), with results within 1 to 2 days via email (additional HKD500 for same day results, HKD800 for health certificate + phone consultation and original copy couriered to your home).

Instaspecialist also provides tests performed by a nurse at home, after a doctor consultation, with results on the same day.

– DNA-testing company Prenetics has launched a new initiative called “Project Screen”. It offers at-home COVID-19 testing, via a Physician and WHO-recommended RT-PCR lab test. The results will tell you if you are positive or negative for COVID-19, based on validated studies by the National Health Commission and the US FDA.

 

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. What now?

The doctor will inform the Department of Health. You will then be taken to a hospital to be quarantined.  Anyone you’ve been in close contact will need to stay at one of the government’s three quarantine centre to complete a 14-day quarantine. 

Family members living in the same unit will be put in the save flat during quarantine.

 

Does health insurance cover COVID-19 testing in Hong Kong?

According to our team’s research, pandemics (e.g. COVID-19) are usually covered.

If you want to get tested, most insurers will cover you if you meet the following conditions:
– you need to have an outpatient cover,
– a Registered Medical Practitioner found that you have shown relevant clinical signs and symptoms,
– you entered your health insurance plan before you had symptoms (this term is usually applicable to individual plan instead of corporate plan).

If you have questions regarding health insurance, talk to an expert at AD Medilink.

 


 

Useful resources in Hong Kong

Quarantine HK Facebook Support Group

Information on quarantine for inbound travellers from the government

COVID-19 Hong Kong Facebook Update and Support Group

 

Health insurance is confusing

 


 

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This article was independently written by AD MediLink and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice and should never be relied upon for specific advice.