US Covid Test

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a rapid antigen test?

A rapid antigen test can detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Like PCR tests, rapid antigen tests require a nasal swab done using a cotton bud. They produce a result within 15 to 20 minutes. Rapid antigen tests can detect the virus in the early phase of infection — especially in the week before symptoms appear and in the first week of symptoms emerging.

Do I have to schedule an appointment?

No appointments are necessary for any of our locations. Just drive up or walk up depending on the location.

When will I receive my results?

A PCR test takes 24 to 48 hours to receive your results. This test is completely free of charge. With the rapid antigen test, results are verbally given within 15 minutes and an email confirmation is given within 3 hours.

What tests do you offer?

US Covid Test uses RT-PCR (Reverse Transcript PCR) analyzers for our COVID-19 testing. We chose this technology for its accuracy and reliability. RT-PCR tests are accepted as the ‘gold standard’ of Pre-Travel COVID testing. We also offer rapid antigen testing. Some airlines and schools are now accepting a negative result from a rapid antigen test. Check with your school/airline provider. Both the PCR test and Rapid Antigen tests are free.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your ID and insurance card (if you have one). If you are uninsured, the tests are still free. If you hold a foreign passport please bring that (don’t worry, your test is also free).

Is your test FDA approved?

Please bring your ID and insurance card (if you have one). If you are uninsured, the tests are still free. If you hold a foreign passport please bring that (don’t worry, your our lab is CLIA certified and uses EUA tests following the FDA’s guidance. A CLIA certification is vital for a testing facility and is required for traveling to countries outside the is also free).

How is your test performed?

It is a nasal self swab. All instructions will be given to you at the testing sites.

Should I get tested if I’ve returned from overseas?

If you have returned from overseas and are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be required to quarantined in state or territory-designated accommodation. This will be in the city where you first entered United States. If you develop symptoms, advise the staff where you are being quarantined so you can get medical assistance. Depending on which state or territory you are quarantining in, you may be required to have a PCR test during your stay and again before you can leave. Fully-vaccinated travellers who’ve arrived in Australia and don’t need to quarantine should still be on high alert for symptoms.

Do you test children?

We allow children over the age of 2 to get tested.

What happens if my PCR test is positive for COVID-19?

If your symptoms are serious, you will need to stay in hospital, isolated from other patients to prevent further spread of the virus. If you’re well enough to stay at home, you must remain isolated in your home or accommodation until public health officers tell you it’s safe to return to normal activities. This will usually be after at least 10 days from when you first started showing symptoms, and 72 hours (or 3 days) after your symptoms have ended. Public health officers will contact you every day to check on your condition. They will also give you a phone number to call if you have questions. People who have had contact with you, including family members and people you live with, may also need to isolate themselves. How long they need to isolate for will depend on which state or territory they live in and whether they are fully vaccinated.