Rules with regards to the pandemic keep on changing, but thankfully they are changing in the right direction! As we gear up for schools, gatherings and travel, it’s always good to have a stock of rapid tests handy at home. Here is where to stock up in Hong Kong!
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The main two types of tests that you will encounter when you research at-home testing and in-person medical testing for Covid in Hong Kong are:
The PCR tests are considered the most accurate indicators of the Covid virus, and often combine nasal and throat swabs. They are done in community testing centers, private hospitals, and other medical clinics, click here for all the info.
The deep throat saliva tests can be administered by a nurse or health care professional, or by yourself. If you do this text at home, you can get the test packs from different collection points around Hong Kong (including post offices and even specialized vending machines). After you follow the testing instructions, you return your sample to set collection points.
Rapid antigen tests are the most common form of an at-home testing kit in Hong Kong that people will use. They're not as accurate as PCR tests however.
If you have chosen to take an at-home test, you can go down one of two routes (or potentially both, if you decide); you’ll take a self-administered COVID-19 test, or you’ll have a medical professional come to your home to complete the test.
Here are a few of the popular professional bodies that offer at-home professional Covid testing for individuals in Hong Kong.
A nurse will come to your home or office to administer a test with results within 1-2 days, or same-day results for an extra charge.
At-home Covid tests in Hong Kong by registered nurses can be done after you’ve had a doctor’s consultation. Can offer same-day results.
Pick up at home and results by 10am the next day, self-administered RT-PCR test
In addition to these in-store and online retailers, you can often find rapid antigen at-home testing kits from smaller, local pharmacies around Hong Kong. You can always google a nearby pharmacy and call to ask whether they have a test on-hand for what you need.
Additional Info For Covid-19 Testing In Hong Kong
Helpful Covid-19 Information Hotlines
The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
COVID policy and mandate updates, contact information, and other resources.
Coronavirus Hong Kong Updates Facebook Group
Policy updates, discussion, and support for people in Hong Kong navigating Covid-19.
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