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Last updated 15 June 2021
Wondering where you can get yourself or your family member tested for COVID-19 in Mumbai? How long do you need to wait for your test reports to arrive? What is the price of the test? Are testing facilities available at the Mumbai airport?
What types of tests are available in Mumbai, India?
Currently, coronavirus testing in Mumbai are of the following types, as sanctioned by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body of biomedical research in India:
The RT-PCR test or the Reverse transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction is considered to relay the most accurate outcomes for COVID-19 diagnosis. To detect the virus’s presence, the suspect’s nasal and throat swabs are collected. Researchers use an enzyme that converts the genetic material RNA in the virus to DNBA through a process called Reverse Transcription. A fluorescent signal in the RT-PCR machine marks the presence of the virus in the swab, even from asymptomatic patients.
Rapid Antibody Tests
In the antibodies test, laboratories probe the blood sample of the suspect for a possible antibody that the body may have developed in response to the virus infection. While they cannot really be used for the detection of virus presence, the serological test points out if the person had exposure to the virus recently. Laboratories search for the presence of two varieties of antibodies, namely, IgM and IgG antibodies, each of which arrives at different points of infection.
Inter-state travelers, residents of containment zones, police, and paramilitary workers usually undergo this COVID test in Mumbai. ICMR advises for a confirmatory test after the antibody test because it can result in false positives. The test is quick and inexpensive, hence the name rapid test.
Rapid Antigen Tests
The antigen is a toxin that engenders an immune response in the body. Here too, the presence of the virus is checked instead of its antibody. Professionals try to do so by detecting the spike protein in the coronavirus possibly present in the nasal swab of the suspected patient.
Since the test is reliant on a small quantity of test material that doesn’t undergo multiplication like in the RT-PCR test, enough antigen material may be missing for rightful detection. This can result in false negatives. So, ICMR advises that if your antigen test comes out to be negative, you should then go for an RT-PCR test for confirmation.
TrueNat is a chip-based testing system which is originally used to diagnose HIV and tuberculosis. It works like an RT-PCR test to detect the virus genes and not the antibody in the patient. The portable kit is battery-operated and collects nasal or throat swabs.
CB NAAT Tests
CB-NAAT or Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test is also a testing procedure for tuberculosis but just like TrueNat tests, it can be used for COVID-19 detection. While TrueNat operates on a battery, CB-NAAT systems require a steady power supply. Cutting short the turnaround time of the RT-PCR test, some hospitals in Mumbai are conducting the CB-NAAT tests for confirming the results of the rapid antigen test.
Where can I get tested in Mumbai?
The uptick in the number of cases in Maharashtra and all of India was met with a quick rise in the number of COVID testing centers. Along with government medical centers, numerous private labs were set up following ICMR guidelines to meet the testing demands. Below you can find a list of government and private labs in Mumbai from where you can get a COVID test report.
Referrals are not required. As advised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, you should call on the toll-free number 1075 or central helpline number +91-11-23978046 for information before going. In Mumbai, you may also call 020-26127394, the Maharashtra state helpline number for COVID-19.
Seth GS Medical College
Acharya Donde Marg, Parel. Google location
Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases
Sane Guruji Marg, Arya Nagar, Chinchpokli. Google location
National Institute of Virology Field Unit
Haffkine Institute Compound, Acharya Donde Marg, Parel. Google location
Grant Medical College & Sir JJ Hospital
J J Marg, Nagpada, Mumbai Central. Google location
40/W, Acharya Dhonde Marg, Parel Village, Parel. Google location
National Institute for Research on Reproductive Health
J Merwanji St, Parel East, Parel. Google location
Rajiv Gandhi Medical College & CSM Hospital
1, Thane – Belapur Rd, Kalwa West, Budhaji Nagar, Kalwa. Google location
near RC Church, Navy Nagar, Colaba. Google location
Tata Memorial Centre ACTREC
Sector 22, Utsav Chowk – CISF Rd, Owe Camp, Kharghar. Google location
Tata Memorial Hospital
Sector 22, Utsav Chowk – CISF Rd, Owe Camp, Kharghar. Google location
Maasaheb Meenatai Thackeray Hospital
Park Avenue Road, Kamaladevi Birajdar Marg, Sector 15, Nerul. Google location
Jagjivan Ram Hospital (JRH)
M M Marg, RBI Staff Colony, Mumbai Central. Google location
ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, 13th Floor, New Multistoreyed Building, KEM Hospital Campus, Parel, Mumbai Google location
T. N. Medical College & BYL Nair Ch. Hospital
Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Station, near Mumbai Central. Google location
Anushakti Colony, Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai. Google location
Shastrinagar General Hospital
Kopar Rd, Lodha Heaven, Shastri Nagar, Dombivli West, Dombivli. Google location
CB NAAT Tests
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital and Medical College
RB2 Central Railway Quarters, Sion West, Sion. Google location
Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital
G. P. O, Near Police Commissioners Office, Lokmanya Tilak Rd, Fort. Google location
HBTMC & Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital
U 15, Bhaktivedanta Swami Rd, JVPD Scheme, Juhu. Google location
Pandit Madanmoham Malviya Shatabdi Hospital
Centenary Building, WTP Marg, near Pepsi Company, Govandi East. Google location
Thyrocare Technologies Limited
D-37/1, opp. Sandoz, TTC Industrial Area, MIDC Industrial Area, Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. Google location
Suburban Diagnostics (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Metropolis Healthcare Ltd
Kurla West, Premier Residencies, Kurla West. Google location
Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre
Prarthana Samaj, Raja Rammohan Roy Rd, Girgaon. Google location
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Laboratory
Rao Saheb, Achutrao Patwardhan Marg, Four Bungalows, Andheri West. Google location
iGenetic Diagnostics Pvt Ltd
Krislon House, 1st Floor, Krishanlal Marwah Marg, Ganesh Nagar, Marol, Andheri East. Google location
Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital
Swami Vivekananda Rd, near LIC, LIC Colony, Suresh Colony, Vile Parle West. Google location
MGM Medical College and Hospital
Mumbai – Pune Hwy, MGM Campus, Kamothe, Panvel. Google location
Ground Floor, Sham Sunder Building, Off Linking Road, Bandra West. Google location
Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre Lab
Prarthana Samaj, Raja Rammohan Roy Rd, Girgaon. Google location
Dr. Jariwala Lab & Diagnostics LLP
Shop No 16, Shyam Kunj Cooperation Housing Society, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali West. Google location
Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children
Acharya Donde Marg, Parel East, Parel. Google location
D. Y. Patil Hospital
Dr D Y Patil Vidyanagar, Sector 5, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Google location
kopra bridge, HLL Bhawan, 3rd floor, Block G, Sector 11, Kharghar. Google location
Genehealth Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.
Bus Depot, Ground Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Annexe. Google location
Lifenity Wellness International Limited
Kamala Mills Compound, 12th floor, D wing, Trade World, Lower Parel. Google location
Balaji Arcade 1stFloor, 544 / A, N. S. Road, near Dhanwantri Hospital, Mulund West. Google location
Shahbazker’s Diagnostics Pvt Ltd
Oxford Centre 1st Floor, 10 Shroff Street Market, above Camy Wafers, near Colaba. Google location
Dr. Ajay Shah’s Pathology Lab & Microbiology Reference Center
1-AMI DRASHTI, Swami Vivekananda Marg, Parbat Nagar, Dahisar East. Google location
SRCC Children’s Hospital
1-1A, Keshavrao Khadye Marg, Haji Ali, Haji Ali Government Colony, Mahalakshmi. Google location
MGM New Bombay Hospital
Plot No.35, Atmashanti Society, Sector 3, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Google location
If you want to get tested for coronavirus without having to leave home, you can opt for an at-home collection facility for COVID testing with prior booking. Trained health officials arrive, clad in PPE, and collect the samples, ensuring minimum contact all the while.
Rapid antigen test and antibody test kits are also available on Indiamart from ICMR-approved testing labs in Mumbai. You’ll get the Rapid Antigen test results within 30 minutes and post that, your swab will be collected for the RT-PCR test if you test positive.
Drive-through testing facilities
Drive-through tests are another convenient option as you won’t have to step out of the comfort of your car.
In Mumbai, private drive-through testing centres are being operated by SRL Diagnostics at the following locations. Call on their toll-free number 1800 222000 to make a drive-through test appointment.
Indiabull Finance Centre
Parel – Elphinstone Rd Bridge, Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Parel. Google Location
Tokershi Jivraj Rd, Jamnadas Prabhudas Chawl, Abhyudaya Nagar, Sewri. Google Location
1408, 14th Floor, Supremus, E – wing, I Think Techno Campus, Kanjur Village Rd, Kanjurmarg. Google Location
Apart from SRL, Suburban Diagnostics has also set up a drive-through centre at the below address. Call on 022 6170 0019 to book a test.
Hotel Executive Enclave
331, Doctor BR Ambedkar Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West. Google Location
COVID testing at Mumbai airport for arriving passengers
As per Mumbai quarantine rules, all airport arrivals will undergo thermal screening. There is neither quarantine nor hand-stamping for asymptomatic passengers.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Mumbai International Airport of Mumbai has facilities to conduct the RT-PCR test at the Level 10 – Departures Area for arriving and departing domestic passengers and at the T2 Arrivals Lounge Area for international arrivals.
International passengers from the UK, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and the Middle East, as well as domestic travellers coming from the notified states of Delhi/NCR, Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, and Rajasthan can avail of this service for only INR 600, as per the rate fixed by the state government.
To take the test, passengers must produce valid ID proof such as Aadhaar Card and passport.
Test results will take up to 24-48 hours for arriving passengers and 8-10 hours for departing passengers and will be sent via email. Passengers who test positive will be sent for institutional quarantine in Mumbai, while others can continue their journey.
A Rapid RT-PCR test is also available wherein the results are provided in 1-2 hours, but it comes at a steeper price of Rs. 4500.
How much do COVID tests in Mumbai cost?
ICMR encourages labs and hospitals to conduct tests free of cost or at least at affordable rates.
Expect to pay around INR 500 for RT-PCR tests done at sample collection centres, INR 600 at COVID care or quarantine centres, and INR 800 for home collection, as it is the new maximum rate set by the Maharashtra government. The testing of the sample is free at government laboratories.
Antibody ELISA tests will be INR 250 at sample collection centres, INR 300 at COVID care or quarantine centres, and INR 400 for home collection.
CLIA tests will be INR 350 at sample collection centres, INR 450 at COVID care or quarantine centres, and INR 550 for home collection.
Rapid antigen tests will be INR 150 at sample collection centres, INR 200 at COVID care or quarantine centres, and INR 300 for home collection.
CBNAAT tests and TruNat tests are both priced at around INR 3000.
When should you take a COVID test?
Sure, this is the most confusing part since the initial stage of COVID-19 symptoms is nothing different from your common flu. The wide-spread variety of symptoms in infected individuals with some even going asymptomatic makes it no easier. But in most cases, the following symptoms tend to last longer than your regular fever or flu:
- Difficulties in breathing
Other clinical symptoms included in the list by ICMR are:
- Sore throat
- Mucus formation and running nose
- Muscle pain
- Anosmia or loss of taste
- Ageusia or loss of smell
Gastrointestinal problems are also not uncommon. It is advisable that if any symptom surfaces, you seek medical assistance instead of indulging in self-medication. Take medications as your physician prescribes. If you see the symptoms are persisting for more than three days even after administering medicine, you can go for a COVID test.
ICMR also prioritizes testing of high-risk contacts and asymptomatic suspects who need to undergo any acute surgery. The high-risk category involves individuals in their 60s or above and those suffering from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney ailment, hypertension, cardiac diseases, etc. If you are suffering from influenza or other acute respiratory infections, the same applies to you.
If you wish to travel to a state or foreign nation which asks for a negative COVID-19 test report before entry, you can get a test done, thanks to the Union Health Ministry’s advisory on ‘Testing On Demand‘. Even if you are not traveling, you can take a test if you wish to, for other practical reasons. That being said, try not to take a test out of panic or fear as that overburdens health officials for no reason.
To avoid potential foul play, you must get your test done only from an ICMR-accredited testing center. If need be, you can cross-check the lab’s authenticity by checking their ICMR registration number, which the governing body states should be prominently mentioned by the labs in the test reports.
What documents are needed for a COVID test?
For testing at the government centres in Mumbai, you’ll need to bring a doctor’s prescription as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India. You also need to submit your Mumbai address proof using government ID (Aadhar card/Passport/Voter card) and ICMR specimen referral form for COVID-19 filled out with details of the suspected patient.
For some labs, you can find similar patient information forms on their respective website. At the time of sample collection, the lab will also collect your phone number.
How long until I get my COVID test results?
RT-PCR tests can be complete in as little as three hours. However, due to the large number of tests being conducted, labs take anywhere between six hours to a day to reveal the test reports.
Government units can take up to 48 hours for processing after sample collection. Until the test results arrive, you must stay in isolation to prevent the potential transmission of the virus.
Rapid tests typically produce a positive or negative result within 30 minutes. While the outcome is fast, they serve the purpose of merely preliminary tests rather than giving any reliable, substantial result. TruNat takes around 60 minutes for interpretation.
What happens after the test?
Testing labs would inform you of the results of the test either via phone or over email. If you test positive for coronavirus, stay calm, and call up the nearest hospital for a checkup. Follow along with the directions of the health officials. Other residents of your home are likely to undergo a COVID test as per the health team’s instructions. They would also start contact tracing and put them in quarantine unless a test is arranged.
Note that it isn’t necessary for you to rush to the hospital the moment you test positive for coronavirus. Asymptomatic cases or those with mild symptoms are often deemed suitable for home isolation. Apartments with at least two separate rooms with separate washrooms can qualify for home isolation. Otherwise, medical officials would transfer you to a COVID care center.
So, yes. You can possibly stay at home even if you are COVID positive. You will have all the prescribed medicines and a pulse oximeter at your disposal. Other consultations will take place over the phone. Download the Aarogya Setu app which will let the nearest hospital know about your health status. If your case deteriorates, you will be transferred to a dedicated care center.