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Symptoms and testing

If you test positive to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) immediately declare your result using the Rapid Antigen Test declaration form. This is a legal requirement. This will trigger an email with next steps.

If you need a PCR test for international travel you must use a private provider. Free NT Government testing sites do not provide PCR testing for travel purposes. Learn more about COVID-19 testing for travel

Symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include:

  • fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher)
  • chills or night sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • difficulty breathing
  • headache
  • muscle pain (myalgia)
  • loss of sense of smell (anosmia)
  • distortion of sense of taste (dysgeusia)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • runny nose
  • acute blocked nose (congestion).

In the Territory, anyone with one or more of the symptoms can access testing for COVID-19.

Check symptoms on the Australian Government's healthdirect website and make sure you are COVID ready.

COVID-19 tests

The NT COVID-19 testing procedure is to use a Rapid Antigen Test to confirm a positive diagnosis of COVID-19.

PCR tests are no longer required to validate a Rapid Antigen Test result and will only be used if clinically required or requested by an authorised officer.

COVID-19 testing for travel

Free COVID-19 testing stations do not provide all the information required for international travel.

Individuals requiring a COVID-19 test for international travel purposes will need to contact a private provider to book a COVID-19 test to make sure any travel is not disrupted.

NT Rapid Antigen Testing and distribution points

Some locations may offer PCR testing. Please check individual locations if PCR testing is required

Individuals can collect Rapid Antigen Tests for free from NT distribution centres - businesses are required to source their own.

Supplies will be provided for immediate use only. Large supplies for future use will not be provided. You can also purchase your own. An approved list of tests are listed on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

Rapid Antigen Tests are provided to members of the public to take away and perform testing as directed. Results will be available 15 to 20 minutes after completion.

Bookings not required. Rapid Antigen Tests can be collected from the following locations:

East Arm drive-through testing facility for the Greater Darwin region (PCR testing available)

  • Address: at 26 Nebo Road, East Arm
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm daily.

GP SuperClinic Palmerston (PCR testing available)

Katherine Vaccination Centre 

COVID-19 testing available from the Katherine Hospital.

  • Address: 19 Second Street Katherine at the Training Centre
  • Opening hours: 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Gove District Hospital

  • Collect from the screening facility at the front of the Gove District Hospital
  • Address: Mathew Flinders Way, Nhulunbuy
  • Opening hours:
    • 8am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
    • closed weekends.

Tennant Creek General Practice

Tennant Creek Hospital Emergency Department.

  • Address: Located at the Tenant Creek Hospital Emergency Department on Schmidt Street.
  • Opening hours:
    • 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
    • closed weekends
  • Bookings are essential. To book an appointment call 08 8962 4633.

Alice Springs Pandemic Coordination Centre

  • Address: 44 Bath Street Alice Springs
  • Opening hours:
    • 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday
    • closed weekends.

If using a Rapid Antigen Test at home for yourself or your child, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Your results will be available 15 to 20 minutes after completion.

Rapid Antigen Test results

If you test positive to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) immediately declare your result using the Rapid Antigen Test declaration form. This is a legal requirement. This will trigger an email with next steps.

PCR Testing

You only need to have a COVID-19 PCR test if clinically required or requested by an authorised officer. If you are required to get a PCR test for international travel you must use a private provider. Free NT Government testing sites below do not provide PCR testing for travel purposes.

If you are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test, you will receive your result via an automated text message.

If you are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test you can:

PCR testing locations in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Respiratory Clinics (suitable for children and adults)

Assisted testing and self-collected testing.

Opening hours: 1pm to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Address: Central Clinic, 8 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs.

To make an appointment call 08 7999 6100.

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Respiratory Clinic (suitable for children 12 years and over and adults)

Assisted testing and self-collected testing.

Opening hours: 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, closed between 1pm and 2pm daily.

Address: 14 Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs.

To make an appointment call 1800 514 400.