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Updated 29 June 2022

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.

Islamabad

Government Institutes

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

Private Labs

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

Islamabad Diagnostic Center (IDC)
Plot No. 35, Office No. 8, Ground Floor, Ahmed Centre, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan

Kulsum Intl Hospital
Kulsum Plaza، 2020 Jinnah Ave, G 6/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Maroof Hospital
10th Ave, F-10 Markaz F 10/3 F-10, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Nayab Labs
6-Pak Pavilion Plaza, 65-E, Fazal-e-Haq Road, G 7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Global Clinical Care Diagnostic Centre
Office 6-7, Khalid Plaza, Jinnah Ave, G 6/3 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan

Margalla Diagnostics and Clinics
MDC, 1st Floor, Islamabad Corporate Centro, Golra Rd, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Real Time PCR Diagnostic, Research & Reference Laboratories
Block E G 6/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44010, Pakistan.

Shifa International
4 Pitras Bukhari Rd, H-8/4 H 8/4 H-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan.

Excel Labs
Ground Floor, Reshi Plaza, 110 AKM Fazl-ul-Haq Rd, Islamabad, 44010, Pakistan.

Advanced Diagnostics Centre
General Apartments D-12, near PSO Pump،, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Medikay Pvt limited
Park Rd, Meherban Colony Chatta Bakhtawar, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan.

Akbar Niazi Teaching Hospital
Near Bharakahu، Toll Plaza, Wadi-ul-Im, Main Murree Road، Islamabad, 45400, Pakistan.

Crown Diagnostic Centre
Office 2A, Ground Floor, Potohar Plaza, Fazal-e-Haq Road, Islamabad – 44000, Pakistan.

Shaheen Medical Laboratories & Health Services
Huma Plaza, opposite polyclinic Hospital, G 6/2 Blue Area, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan.

DAHA Lab and Diagnostic
I&T Center, Block 24 Street 22, G-8/4 G 8/4 G-8, Islamabad – 44000, Pakistan.

Rehman Laboratories
44 East Fazl e Haq Road, G 6/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan.

Islamabad Health Care Laboratory
Wasil Plaza, 105-west, Fazal e Haq Road, G 7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan.

Ali Medical Centre
Kohistan Rd, F-8/3 F 8/3 F-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan.

Ideal Labs & Diagnostic Center
B-1, Khursheed Plaza, Phase 5 Ghauri Town, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan.

European Diagnostic Center
13-A Kohistan Rd, F-8 Markaz F 8 Markaz F-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44220, Pakistan.

Advanced Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd
Plot no.14G, Hall no. 3A, Lower Ground Floor Executive Complex, 8 Markaz Rd, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Global Research and Reference Laboratories
Plot No. 12-C, Mandeer Square, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. 

Sharif Labs and Diagnostics (Pvt) Ltd
Office #6, Ground Floor, Feroz Cente, AKM Fazl-ul-Haq Rd, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Nimra Diagnostic Centre (NDC)
Royal Centre, 106 West, AKM Fazl-ul-Haq Rd, Block I G 7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Genesis Diagnostic Center
Plot no. 384, street no. 1, Industrial Area sector, I-9/3 Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44000, Pakistan.

Health Next Diagnostics & Labs (Pvt) Limited
Chenab Plaza, 104-E Jinnah Ave, Blue Area, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan.

Care Well Labs
Fazl-ul-Haq Rd, Block I G 7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad – 44000, Pakistan.

Universal Clinical Laboratories
Bhara Kahu, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 45400, Pakistan.

Please visit the Government website for the complete list of testing centres in Islamabad.

Lahore

Government Institutes

Lahore General Hospital, Ismail Nagar, Lahore, Punjab

Pakistan Google Location

Jinnah Hospital, Usmani Rd, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Google Location

Punjab AIDS Control Program incl Hepatitis Lab
6 Birdwood Road, Jubilee Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan Google Location

Private Labs

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 

Test Zone Laboratory
Plot 328,133-A, G.O.R – V Block A Faisal Town, Lahore, Punjab 54770, Pakistan

Rahila Research and Reference Lab
Shadman 2, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Citilab & Research Centre
525-A Maulana Shaukat Ali Rd, Block A Faisal Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Alam International Lab
606-A, Faisal Town, Milaad Street, Moulana Shoukat Ali Road, Lahore, Pakistan.

Surgimed Lab
1 Zafar Ali Rd, Gulberg V, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Zeenat Lab
LDA Flates, Chenab Block Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Genome Lab
Shaukat Kahnum Road, Block B Abdalians Cooperative Housing Society, Lahore, Punjab 57000, Pakistan.

Al Nasar Lab
31-E Maulana Shaukat Ali Rd, Block E Phase 1 Johar Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Doctor Hospital & Medical Center
152-G/1، Canal Bank Road, Johar Town، Block G 1 Phase 1 Johar Town, Lahore, Punjab 54590, Pakistan.

University of Lahore Teaching Hospital
Defence Road off Raiwand Road, Bhubtian Chowk Raiwind Road, Lahore, Pakistan.

Mughal Diagnostic & Research Lab
294, Block H-3 Block H 3 Phase 2 Johar Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Lab Genetix
G-3 AL-Hafeez Business Center, 89, Block B 3 Gulberg III, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Hormone Lab
561- A Edhi Street, Faisal Town, Opp Jinnah Hospital, Lahore 54000، Lahore, 54600, Pakistan.

Lahore Diagnostic Centre
59B Mozang Rd, Mozang Chungi, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

INNOVA Labs and Diagnostics
B Block 34, Lahore, 54600, Pakistan.

Shalamar Hospital Pathology Lab
Shalimar Hospital Ave, Shalimar Larechs Colony, Lahore, Punjab 54000,Pakistan.

CLINLAB
Block A Faisal Town, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Decent Hormone Lab
Makhdumabad Gul Colony, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Global Diagnostic Laboratory
97-a Jail Rd, G.O.R. – I, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Lifeline Laboratories & Diagnostic Centre
PIC Hospital Parking, 12 Shadman 2, near Green Plus Pharmacy, Jail Rd, Lahore, Pakistan.

Chaudhry Muhammad Akram Teaching & Research Hospital
Kot Araian, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Al Noor Diagnostic Centre
Shadman Rd, Shadman 1, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Metro City Lab
41 Maulana Shaukat Ali Rd, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Surraiya Azeem Hospital (Al-Khidmat Lab)
Chauburji 5 Bhawalpur Road، Chauburji Chowk, Mozang Chungi, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Gulab Devi Chest Hospital PCR Lab
Ferozepur Rd, Nishtar Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Ittefaq Hospital (Trust)
Near H-Block, Model Town, Lahore, Punjab 54780, Pakistan.

Farooq Hospital
Main Canal Rd, opposite Metro Cash & Carry Thokar Niaz baig, Westwood Colony Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

CDC Laboratories
Bagrian Rd, Block 2 Twp Sector D 1 Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

LabCorp Diagnostic Centre
814-C Akber Chowk, Block C Faisal Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

HUM LAB
151 Usmani Rd, Block A Faisal Town, Lahore, Punjab 54500, Pakistan.

Nxgen Labs
2 Km Defence Rd, off Raiwind Road, Yousuf Town, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan.

Please visit the Government website for the complete list of testing centres in Lahore.

Karachi

Government Institutes

Dow University, Ojha, Gulzar-e-Hijri Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

PCMD Karachi University, 75300, Commissioner Society, Karachi, Pakistan

Jinnah PG Medical Institute
Rafiqui Sarwar Shaheed Rd, Karachi Cantonment, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75510, Pakistan.

Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation (SIUT)
Chand Bibi Rd, Ranchore Lane, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

Liaquat National Hospital
Ground Floor Rose Marry Apartment, Block 10, Naseerabad, FB Area Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital
Mission Rd, near Civil Hospital Masjid، New Labour Colony Nanakwara, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

NIBD
Plot 671 A, P.E.C.H.S. Block 6 PECHS, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

 

Private Labs

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, 65B/2, Mohammad Ali Society Muhammad Ali Chs (Machs), Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75350, Pakistan.

Community Health Solutions (CHS)
903 – Al-Tijarah Centre, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Block 6 PECHS, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 74000, Pakistan 72400

Children Hospital
Block 5 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Cancer Foundation Hospital
Block 9 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Chughtai Lab
Al-Khaleej Tower, Main Shaheed-e-Millat Rd, Bihar, Muslim cop. Housing Society BMCHS Sharafabad, Karachi, Sindh 74200, Pakistan.

Al Khidmat Drive Through
Plot 39 C, Block, 6, Block-6 Block 6 PECHS, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

South City
St-1 Shahrah-e-Firdousi, Block 3 Clifton, Karachi City, Sindh 75600, Pakistan.

Advanced Laboratories
B-31 Al Raee Road, (Dunkin Donut) off, Main University Rd, Block 15 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

One Health Lab
1-Ground Floor, PLot No. 58-C, 12 Badar Commercial Street 10, Phase V Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, 75500, Pakistan.

Karachi Laboratory Diagnostic Centre
Delhi Mercantile Medical Complex Building Siraj-ud-Duala Road, Off Shaheed-e-Millat Rd, Karachi, Pakistan.

Hashmanis
M.A Jinnah Rd, Central Jacob Lines, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

OMI
89/1, O M I Pvt Ltd، Depot Lines, Saddar Karachi, Sindh 74400, Pakistan.

SindLab Diagnostics
Z-74 Tariq Rd, Delhi Mercantile Society Delhi CHS PECHS, Karachi City, Sindh 74800, Pakistan.

Tabba Heart
Rabia Manzil, St-1 Federal B Area Azizabad Block 8 Gulberg Town, Karachi City, Sindh 75950, Pakistan.

Reliance Diagnostics Laboratory and Clinics
Plot A 16, Block 13 A Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

Citilab
Block 2 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

Patel Hospital
ST-18، Block 4 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75300, Pakistan.

Memon Medical Institute Hospital (MMIH)
Hyder Buksh Gabol road, Safoora Chowrangi, Karachi, Pakistan.

Global Research & Reference Laboratories
Ground Floor, Halima Residency, Shaheed-e-Millat Rd, opposite Medicare, Darwaish Colony, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

Medicare Cardiac & General Hospital
22-23 Shaheed-e-Millat Rd, Bihar Muslim Society BMCHS Sharafabad, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Sky Blue Labs
Shah Faisal Colony Flyover, Moria Khan Goth Shah Faisal Colony, Karachi City, Sindh 75230, Pakistan.

PROLAB Diagnostic Center
Unit #1, 165, N Building Khayaban-e-Muslim, Karachi, 75500, Pakistan.

Taj Medical Centre
14th St. E, Pakistan Employees Co-Operative Housing Society Block 6 PECHS, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan.

Genose Diagnostic and Research Laboratory
Bungalow C, 101, Block 9 Karachi, 75850, Pakistan.

Please visit the Government website for the complete list of testing centres in Karachi.

Peshawar

Government Institutes

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

Khyber Teaching Hospital
University Rd, Rahat Abad, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Private Labs

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

Islamabad Diagnostic Centre
Ground floor, Mubarak plaza opposite Lady Reading Hospital Qila Bala Nasir

Peshawar Medical College
Warsak Rd, Sher Ali Town Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 25160, Pakistan

Mubarak Diagnostic and Research Center
Mubarak Hospital, opposite old casualty gate LRH, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 23000, Pakistan

Real Time PCR Diagnostic, Research & Reference Laboratories
G-30 Auqaf plaza, Dabgari Gardens, Peshawar, 23000, Pakistan

Please visit the Government website for the complete list of testing centres in Peshawar.

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 the 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, only fully vaccinated travellers who are 18 years and above will be allowed to undertake domestic/international travel to/from Pakistan. Only a certain category of unvaccinated travellers can travel with a pre-departure COVID-19 negative PCR test result.

Pakistani deportees will be tested on arrival at the airport through rapid antigen tests and if positive, they will need to quarantine for 10 days.

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 6500. 

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 clean and disinfecting surfaces they touch.

However, patients are advised to visit hospitals if their symptoms worsen.