COVID-19: Where to Get Tested in Hong Kong?

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Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Hong Kong? Who is eligible? How much does it cost? Our Healthy Matters team has done all the research for you, so you don’t have to.

Which COVID-19 tests are available in Hong Kong?

Three types of tests are available in Hong Kong:

– One is a DNA test done by swabbing for lower respiratory tract specimens through the nose or throat and analysed in a lab (the CDC recommends the nose swab for more accurate results).

– Another is a blood test performed in a clinic or hospital and analysed in a lab.

– The last one is a finger prick blood test you can 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 (ie. the DNA test), laboratories compare the genetic material obtained with the genetic code of the virus. Results for swab tests will usually take a couple of days but some places offer next day results.

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.

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Getting tested in a public hospital

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 $180. 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 $180 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.

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Getting tested in a private hospital

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

(2835 8605)

consultation: $320 

deep throat saliva test: $2,500

nose + throat swab: $3,000

Doctor determines eligibility

Doctor decides which test is suitable

No conditions for consultation but not eligible if you: 

– have recent travel/contact history and symptoms

for more details

(2849 1500)

consultation: $590-$800 

test: $2,000

Blood test and swab

Results in 2 working days

Need either:

–  symptoms

–  recent travel history

–  contact with confirmed case

(2275 6688)

consultation: $220 

test: $2,500

Consultation with a doctor

Doctor determines eligibility

Respiratory swab, early morning saliva

Next day results

Can’t get tested if you:

– have been in close contact with

confirmed case 

– traveled within last 14 days

(3971 9900)

consultation: $480 

swab test: $1,580

blood test: $300

Consultation with a doctor

Choice between blood test or swab test

Results within a few days

Need either:

– symptoms

– recent travel history

– contact with confirmed case

(2122 1333)

consultation: $320 (before 8pm) – $380 (after 8pm)

test: $900

Consultation with a doctor

Deep throat sample that you send in

Results in 2-3 days

Need either:

– symptoms

– recent travel history

– contact with confirmed case

(3651 8808)

consultation: $1 000 (if recent travel or contact) or $450 

swab test: $2 500

Go into hospital or outpatient for consultation

Go home with test, collect sample and return it 

Next day results

No conditions
 

* Canossa Hospital (Caritas), Adventist Hospital Stubbs Road, Hong Kong Baptist, St Paul’s Hospital and St Teresa Hospital did not offer COVID-19 testing when we checked (March 25/26, 2020). Union Hospital could not provide the information.

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Getting tested in a private clinic

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

(2537 6898)

consultation: $900 

swab test: $2,000

blood test: $900

Phone consultation

Receive both tests

Blood test results within 3-4 hours, swab test results 2-3 days

No conditions for consultation

(2155 9055)

consultation: $1,050 

test: $1,800

Phone consultation

Doctor determines eligibility

Send in a saliva sample

No conditions for consultation

(2824 0822)

consultation: $1,000 

test: $1,680

You fill out an online form

Phone consultation

Doctor determines eligibility

At home saliva test kit

2-3 days for results

No conditions for consultation

(2987 7575)

consultation: $790 

test: $1,680

(optional:) blood test: $550

Phone consultation

Doctor determines eligibility

At home saliva test kit that someone collects for you

Results in 2-3 days

Blood test results in 24 hours

No conditions for consultation

(2155 4209)

doctor’s letter + blood test: $1,000

Consultation

Receive doctor’s letter

Receive test


Receive your at-home test kit

Prick your finger for blood test, get the result within 15 minutes.

No conditions

(customer service: 8301 8301)

consultation: $450 

test: $500

Blood test either at Wan Chai or Pacific Centre

Results while you’re there (1.5 hours)

Can’t get tested if you:

–  have symptoms

–  have a recent travel history

(customer service: 6511 8000)

consultation: $1,200

test: $990

Consultation with a doctor

Blood test

Results in 15 minutes

No conditions

*Last updated on March 26 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.

If you have an emergency or need to see a doctor, we’ve put together a practical guide.

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 and anyone you’ve been in close contact with may be asked to be quarantined in a government facility.

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

This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.