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How to get tested?

You have several options on how to get tested:

a) you can use tests paid for by your health insurance within comprehensive testing – one antigen test per 7 days and 2 RT-PCR tests per month

b) if you have symptoms or if you have been in touch with an infected person, a doctor or an employee of the regional hygiene station will issue the request for the RT-PCR test

c) you can pay for the test yourself as a self-payer

Indicated testing - free of charge

Indicated testing - you have RT-PCR test free of charge if you have been in touch with an infected person (and he shared your name to the officials) or have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you go for a test, keep in mind that you may be infectious and therefore be potentially spreading the infection. Do not stay outside for too long. Go straight to the test and back home as soon as possible.

Test request

The request for the RT-PCR test can be issued by a doctor or an employee of the regional hygiene station.

After sharing your data, the doctor or hygiene station employee will put you in the system. You will not receive the request for the test physically, but electronically - it is only in the system.

Choose a centre for testing in advance. You can choose any centre across the Czech Republic. Then select the day which suits you the best, and book it.

You can find the list of testing centres on UZIS website (in Czech). There is also a website for all testing centers in Prague.

The general practitioner refused to give me a test request

The GP is required to issue the request if you have been in contact with an infected person or if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If your general practitioner still does not want to do so, contact the relevant regional hygiene station in your area.

Before the sampling

Do not clean your teeth, do not eat or drink at least 1-2 hours before the sampling. This way there is a higher chance to detect the virus.


If you are not sent for a test by a doctor, you can pay for it yourself. The maximum price for a standard RT-PCR test with results within 48 hours is CZK 1,750. Surcharges for above-standard services are possible.

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Frequent questions about this topic

What if I need to go for testing, because I had been in contact with infected, but I do not have anyone to take me there?
Do I need to pay for the rest if I have the symptoms?
Do I need to go for a test in my district?
When do I need to pay for the test?
Can test samples be sent outside the test center?
My general practitioner refuses to write me an eRequest.
The testing point requested payment of the PCR test even after 1st of June. What should I do?
Do the antigen tests that I have to take at my employer count towards the limit of paid antigen tests?