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Updated 20 July 2021
Wondering where you can get yourself or your family member tested for COVID-19 in Pakistan? How long do you need to wait for your test reports to arrive? What is the price of the test? Read along to find answers to all your questions regarding coronavirus testing in Pakistan.
When should you take a COVID test?
Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 should consider getting an RT-PCR test, depending on local health regulations. Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
In addition, you may need to be tested, even if you do not have symptoms if you:
- have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus;
- work in a healthcare facility or as first responders;
- live or work in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, or other places where people live in close proximity to each other, such as homeless shelters;
- need a medical procedure or are being cared for in a hospital or long-term care facility; or
- need to be cleared for travel or work.
Where can I get tested in Pakistan?
Below you can find a few of the approved government and private labs in some prominent provinces across Pakistan from where you can get a COVID test report. There are over 200 testing labs in the country.
National Institute of Health – (NIH), Park Rd, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. Google Location
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Ibn-e-Sina Rd, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. Google Location
Islamabad Diagnostic Center (IDC), 13-A, Kohistan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Biotech Lab and Research Center, Khyber Plaza, AKM Fazl-ul-Haq Rd, Block I G 7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan Google Location
Metropole Laboratories, 20-C, Cresent Arcade, G-8 Markaz Islamabad, 44080, Pakistan Google Location
Capital Diagnostic Centre, Media Foundation Plaza, G-8 Markaz Islamabad, Pakistan Google Location
Biogene, Golden Plaza, Shop No. 07, AKM Fazl-ul-Haq Rd, G 7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan Google Location
Lahore General Hospital, Ismail Nagar, Lahore, Punjab
Pakistan Google Location
Jinnah Hospital, Usmani Rd, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Google Location
Chughtai Lab, 7 Jail Rd, Main Gulberg, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, Gobindpura, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Venus Diagnostics, 13, Aibak Block Garden Town, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Hameed Lateef Hospital, 14, Abu Bakar Block New Garden Town، Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Dow University, Ojha, Gulzar-e-Hijri Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
PCMD Karachi University, 75300, Commissioner Society, Karachi, Pakistan
Ziauddin Hospital, Block 6 Clifton, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75600, Pakistan
Essa Lab, Shah Faisal, Karachi، Shah Faisal Colony 2 Shah Faisal Colony, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75230, Pakistan
Rahila Research and Reference Lab
Khyber Medical University, F1 Phase-6 Rd, Phase 5 Hayatabad, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 25100, Pakistan
Hayatabad Medical Complex, Phase-4 Phase 4 Hayatabad, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Al Khidmat Diagnostic Center & Blood Bank, City Circular Rd, Saeed Abad Gulbahar, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Excel Labs, The Mall Tower, 35 The, Mall Rd, Peshawar Cantonment, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Covid test at home
If you want to get tested for coronavirus, you can opt for an at-home collection facility for COVID testing through online booking. This essentially means that you no longer need to step out of your house for a COVID test. Trained health officials arrive, clad in PPE, and collect the samples, ensuring minimum contact all the while.
Many labs such as Chugthai Labs are providing this facility. You can book your home sampling appointment here. Islamabad Diagnostic Centre also offers home collection services. Click here to book your appointment now.
Covid test at airport
Travellers arriving in all Pakistani airports are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. They will also be subject to Rapid Antigen testing on arrival at airports in Pakistan.
According to the latest flight regulations on incoming passengers, those who test negative on rapid antigen tests on arrival at the airport can avoid quarantine.
Those who test positive on arrival will still be subject to quarantine.
How much do COVID tests in Pakistan cost?
As Pakistan continues its battle against the deadly COVID-19, more and more tests are being taken to check for the virus. The government had earlier capped the cost of RT-PCR tests at PKR 8900.
Please note that prices might vary.
What documents are needed for a COVID test?
The Government of Pakistan requires reporting of all positive Coronavirus tests. People willing to take a test must bring their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) at the time of sample collection.
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 seven hours to a day to reveal the test reports. Government units can take longer hours for processing after sample collection. Until the test results arrive, you must stay in isolation to prevent the potential transmission of the virus.
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 follow along with the directions of the health officials. The federal government, in its guidelines to provinces, said that patients showing mild symptoms of the virus would be isolated at their homes while only those requiring medical help would be treated at hospitals.
According to standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the federal health ministry, the move to isolate these patients at home would help “ensure control of the disease and reduce the burden on the healthcare system.” The guidelines advise patients to limit contact with other people and maintain a distance of six feet if they do need to go out. They also advise patients to take all the necessary precautions and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces they touch.
However, patients are advised to visit hospitals if their symptoms worsen.