Where to get a COVID-19 test in Hobart

We compare both RAT and PCR COVID-19 tests in Hobart to help you find the best price and available stock.

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Option #1: Rapid antigen tests in Hobart

Where to buy COVID home testing kits in Australia

If you need your results as quickly as possible, a rapid antigen test (RAT) is definitely your best option. These kits can be used at home without a medical professional and do not require you to send the test to a lab. Results typically take under 30 minutes.

The downside of rapid antigen tests is twofold: they are less accurate than PCR tests and they cannot be used as proof of a negative test result for international travel.

If you record a positive RAT test, it is important you report it to the Tasmanian Department of Health. RAT tests are now being reported as part of the daily case numbers in Tasmania, leading to a significant increase in positive numbers.

Positive tests can be recorded online via the government website. You must also isolate for 7 days.

Rapid antigen tests vary in price, with a pack of 5 typically costing from $50 to around $100. A surge in demand also means finding kits in-store or online is challenging. We're regularly monitoring stock levels in our guide on where to buy COVID home test kits. Some rapid antigen tests are also being offered for free to concession and health cardholders.


Compare rapid antigen tests in Hobart

Be careful! Things to check with rapid antigen tests

We're checking availability for RAT testing kits regularly but delivery times are subject to change. All tests sold in Australia must be approved by the TGA. Some sellers try and charge prices far above the average ("price gouging"). This isn't legal in Australia. Always consider your options carefully before buying.

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Name Product Stock availability Test type Price from
Clinical Supplies
Clinical Supplies
Order now: ships from 16 March
Nasal
$30 (Clungene 5-pack)
Medcart
Medcart
Order now: ships from 17 March
Oral, Nasal
$24.95 (Cellife 5-pack)
Rapid Proof
Rapid Proof
Order now: ships from 16 March
Nasal
$29.45 (JusChek 5-pack)
Rapid Medical Supplies
 Rapid Medical Supplies
Order now: ships from 17 March
Oral, Nasal
$52 (JusChek 5-pack)
Rapid Antigen Australia
Rapid Antigen Australia
Order now: ships from 16 March
Oral, Nasal
$55.93 (2SAN Lyher 7-pack)
HiCraft
HiCraft
Order now: ships from 16 March
Oral, Nasal
$12.10 (All Test 1-pack)
Little Whales
Little Whales
Order now: ships from 23rd March.
Oral
$8.80 (JusChek 1-pack)
RabMed
RabMed
Order now: ships from 17 March
Nasal
$59.95 (Testsealabs 5-pack)
Home Diagnostics
Home Diagnostics
Nasal
$119.80 (Onsite 20-pack)
Virafree
Virafree
Order now: ships from 15 March
Nasal
$59.95 (Clungene 5-pack)
AUSTiC
AUSTiC
Order now: ships from 17 March
Nasal
$49.99 (Roche 5-pack)
Fast Test Kits
Fast Test Kits
Order now: ships from 16 March
Oral
$19.99 (EcoTest 2-pack)
Naturalena Brands
Naturalena Brands
Order now: ships from 16 March
Nasal
$82.50 (Cellife 5-pack)
Healthy Life
Healthy Life
Order now: ships from 17 March
Nasal
$16 (Hough 2-pack)
Catch
Catch
Order now: ships from 16 March
Nasal
$21.99 (RightSign 2-pack)
eBay
eBay
Order now: ships from 21 March
Oral, Nasal
$7.20 (JusChek 1-pack)
Amazon
Amazon
Order now: ships from 17 March
Oral, Nasal
$4.49 (JusChek 1-pack)
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Am I required to register a RAT result in Hobart?

If you take a RAT and it diagnoses you as a positive case, you're required by law to report your result in Tasmania and are considered an official COVID-19 case.

You can do this by completing this online form or phoning the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.


Option #2: Get a free test

The Tasmanian government currently provides free PCR tests at COVID-19 testing clinics throughout the state. Under current rules, only people advised to take a test by health officials or showing symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for testing.

Wait times can be quite lengthy and you may be indirectly exposed to the virus while lining up. A free PCR test cannot be used for international travel. Instead, you will need to pay for a test from a private clinic up to 72 hours before you fly.

Find your nearest testing clinic here.


Option #3: PCR tests for travel

If you're planning to leave Tasmania for an overseas trip, you will need to prove you are COVID-free and safe to travel.

Most countries require you to take a PCR test prior to departure as well as being fully vaccinated. Failure to show a COVID-19 Travel Certificate could result in the airline refusing to board you.

Fortunately, it's not too difficult to book an RT-PCR test and get your certification for as little as $100. You can arrange a test from a number of clinics around Tasmania up to 72 hours before you fly. The amount you pay will depend on the clinic and how quickly you need the results.


PCR tests in Hobart

COVID-19 testing for pre-departure international travel clearance is only available at private pathology collection centres. This means you cannot rely on a free test from a COVID-19 testing clinic. Instead, you will need to pay a fee for a COVID-19 Travel Certificate.

The amount you pay will depend on the clinic and how quickly you need the results.


How to book a PCR test before arriving at the airport

A number of private clinics provide RT-PCR tests for travel from collection centre locations around Tasmania. Clinics operating in Hobart and wider Tasmania include Hobart Pathology, Launceston Pathology and TML Pathology.

To book a test, simply head to the website of your preferred (or most local) testing provider and follow the appointment booking instructions. Many of the testing locations don't actually require an appointment and offer services on a walk-in basis.


How much do COVID tests for travel cost?

An Express RT-PCR Swab test from a Hobart Pathology Clinic costs $145.


Option #4: Bulk buy and professional COVID tests for Hobart businesses

For businesses looking to create a safe working environment, there are multiple suppliers that sell large quantities of rapid antigen tests to businesses in the table below. However, if your business requires COVID tests that need to be administered by a health professional instead, see our where to buy professional COVID tests guide.

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Name Product Test type Pack size Price per test Delivery Cost
Clinical Supplies
Clinical Supplies
Nasal
5 to 200
$6
$15
MedCart
MedCart
Oral, Nasal
1 to 7,200
$7.80
$7.30 or FREE on orders $199+
Rapid Proof
Rapid Proof
Nasal
5 to 20
$5.89
FREE on all orders
Rapid Medical Supplies
 Rapid Medical Supplies
Oral, Nasal
5 to 500
$9.50
$11.83 or FREE on orders $100+
Rapid Antigen Australia
Rapid Antigen Australia
Oral, Nasal
10 to 10,000
$7.99
$7.95 or FREE on orders $150+
HiCraft
HiCraft
Oral, Nasal
1 to 1,000
$5.94
$15 or FREE on orders $250+
Little Whales
Little Whales
Oral
1 to 20
$6.63
Ships to NSW ONLY.
$15 flat rate or FREE on orders over $100
RabMed
RabMed
Nasal
5
$11.99
$11
Virafree
Virafree
Nasal
5
$11.99
$10 or FREE on orders $99+
AUSTiC
AUSTiC
Nasal
5 to 20
$9.99
$13.99 or FREE on orders $75+
Fast Test Kits
Fast Test Kits
Oral
2 to 1,000
$10
$6.99 or FREE on orders $99+
Naturalena Brands
Naturalena Brands
Nasal
5
$16.50
FREE on all orders
Healthy Life
Healthy Life
Nasal
2 to 28
$5.99
$7 or FREE on orders $30+
Catch
Catch
Nasal
2 to 100
$6.20
FREE on all RAT kit orders
eBay
eBay
Oral, Nasal
2 to 30
$5.78
$9 or FREE for select sellers
Amazon
Amazon
Oral, Nasal
1 to 20
$3.78
$9.99 or FREE on orders $39+
Rapid Tests Online
Rapid Tests Online
Nasal
5
$7.79
$12
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Wondering what to do next? Learn more about how COVID-19 testing works. If you're looking for other ways to keep yourself safe from COVID, check out our where to buy face masks listing.

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