COVID-19 PCR Drive-Thru Testing

No Doctor Referral Required

Free Rescheduling & Cancellation

Results in 24-36hrs & Just R850 All Inclusive

A Proud Emirates & Ethiopian Airlines Partner

Free PCR Travel/Medical Results Certificate With Each Test

Test From the Safety of Your Vehicle or In Our State-of-the-Art COVID-19 Testing Tent

I would actually just like to say thank you to the entire team for everything.  The experience in using EPICENTRE for our testing was amazing, each and every person from Doris who took my first call / Dominique / Robyn / Cindy and the lady who did the test procedure itself this morning (so sorry I didn’t get her name), the entire team has been so patient, caring, understanding, professional, thorough, kind and gentle.  All anxiety was eased and we were made to feel so comfortable and relaxed in safe hands.


Baie danke dat julle epicentre gekry het om my COVID-19 toets tuis to kom doen. Die hele proses was glad nie onaangenaam nie, Josh was baie vriendelike en die toets was vinnig en glad nie traumaties soos wat die staat en social media jou wil laat dink nie. Weereens dankie, ek sal jul op hoogte hou oor die resultaat proses.

Jaco, PI

What a fast and friendly service!

Nadia, Maritime Solutions

Our COVID-19 PCR Test Explained

What is a COVID-19 PCR Test?

A COVID-19 PCR test or a polymerase chain reaction test, is a COVID test that is done to find genetic material from the COVD-19 virus. This kind of molecular tests detects the RNA of the coronavirus and are sensitive enough to only need a very tiny amount of it in order to pick up an infection.

The benefit of this test is its ability to pick up very small amounts of viral RNA very early in an infection, so there is a low chance for false negatives, including among pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.

What is the COVID PCR test procedure?

To do an PCR test for COVID-19 with Epicentre, you will need to either book a test online or just pop in to our branch in Wynberg (CT), Hillcrest (DUR), or Randburg (JHB).

Our nurse will open a new PCR Test packet. Using a new nasal swab they will collect a nasal cavity swab.

You are welcome to ask for the test to be conducted in your mouth rather. But we do recommend the nose as it is more accurate.

Our nurses are very gentle and whilst the test will be over quickly we will do our best to make you feel calm and safe during the entire process.

This swab will then be secured in its plastic tube and bag, with your information. This clear plastic bag will then be placed in a refrigeration unit, until sample collection. It will then be transported to our laboratory for analysis.

Our laboratory will analyse the sample and provide results on your COVID-19 infection status within 24-36 hrs of your testing procedure with us.

  • If you want more information on how a COVID-19 PCR test is analysed at the lab take a look at this interesting break down.
  • If you want more information on your test results take a look at our article.

Who should get a COVID-19 PCR test?

Having a COVID-19 PCR test is helpful if:
  • You are looking to get a test done for an official purpose
  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 at least 5 or more days ago
  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 and started symptoms
  • You are showing COVID-19 like symptoms without a known exposure

Get a COVID-19 PCR Home test if

  • You are unable to come to our drive-through location
    • Due to frailty, young children or condition
  • However, we highly recommend our drive through testing due to its ease of use and competitive price
Get a COVID-19 Antigen & PCR test if:
  • If you urgently need to know your infection status, and you were exposed to COVID-19
    • But you have not yet started COVID-19 symptoms
    • Or you started symptoms more than 3 days ago
  • Some countries require both a COVID-19 Antigen test and PCR test always check our travel regulations page and double check with your airline what is needed for your destination country.
Get only an COVID-19 Antigen test if:
  • You have recently started symptoms of COVID-19 (1-3 days) and want a quick unofficial purpose infection check
  • Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and have recently started (1-3 days) symptoms and recommends a quick unofficial purpose infection check
  • You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 between 5-7 days ago, and you want to have a quick test done to check your status for unofficial purposes
Get a Rapid COVID Antibody test if:
  • You had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past but weren’t tested
  • Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and started symptoms more than 3 days ago. But keep in mind:
    • Rapid COVID Antibody tests are less sensitive to picking up current infections
    • Rapid COVID Antibody tests predominately cannot be used for official purposes
  • You have recovered from COVID-19 & want to check your immunity status

When should you get a COVID-19 PCR test?

You can test for COVID-19 5 days after you have been exposed to the virus.

In South Africa having a COVID test result can be the difference between getting into hospital, so we all need to understand that to book a COVID test with Epicentre:

  • You DO NOT need to wait 7 days
  • You need to wait 5 days after you think you touched or breathed in the COVID virus
  • You DO NOT need a doctors referral
  • You Do NOT need to be showing symptoms
  • You just need to make an online booking or arrive at our testing branch
    • We are happy to accept walk-ins

In the picture above you can see the process or stages of a COVID-19 infection

  • Day (-)5: patients exposure to COVID-19 happens.
    • It is only after this 5-day period that their infection will officially ‘begin’.
  • Day 0-2: 5 days after their initial exposure, their infection will ‘happen’ in these first 2 days
    • They will become contagious in those first 2-3 days, but will show no symptoms
    • You can test at this point because your infection has officially begun
  • Day 3: Their symptoms will appear
    • But for 80% of people, they will have no symptoms or a mild case of COVID-19
  • Day 5-7: This is a crucial period of days as it is at this point that many people go into hospital if they have a serious case of the virus. Some patients may have a “mild” case of the disease in the very beginning, but their symptoms may get worse over the course of the first week or more & then they may need hospitalization.
    • Those who need hospitalization normally reach this point of needing additional health support on day 5 to 7 after their symptoms start (Wang, et al.).
    • These patients should be on the lookout for any worsening ability to perform normal activities or tasks at home due to ‘shortness of breath’. These patients should immediately contact their doctor.
    • These patients need to take a copy of their positive COVID-19 results & get their symptoms checked at a healthcare facility.
    • For more information on the serious symptoms of COVID-19 to watch for, you can read our informative article.
  • Day 14: If you had a mild case and are symptom free, you can stop isolating.

For a more in depth look at the stages of a COVID-19 infection take a look at our helpful article on the day by day symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.

What time should I come for my test?

Here are some handy tips for timing your test just right:

  • At Epicentre, we have 2 collection times on Monday to Friday. Our first collection is at 11am and our second collection time is at 4pm.
    • During the weekend it is dependent on our testing sites opening times
      • In Hillcrest, we are open on Saturdays till 12pm that means that we only have 1 sample collection at 12pm which is why we cannot accept new orders after this time
      • In Wynberg, we are open until 11am that means that we only have 1 sample collection at 11am which is why we cannot accept new orders after this time
      • In Randburg, we are open until 2:30pm on Saturday, but we only have 1 sample collection at 2:4pm. On Sunday we are open until 3:30pm and sample collection is at 3:45pm.
  • If you are looking to get your result within the 24hr window or less you should come before our 11am sample collection as it will be processed at the lab sooner.
    • This is recommended for those getting a test done for an official purpose such as travelling or medical appointments
  • If you are looking to avoid any waiting times, we recommend avoiding peak times such as 8-9am or during our nurses’ lunch break from 11:45am to 12:30pm
    • A personal recommendation for those travelling is to come at 10am

How can a COVID-19 PCR test help you?

A COVID-19 PCR test can help you:

  1. We provide free COVID-19 PCR certificates with every PCR test
    1. You can use this certificate (if it is negative) for international travel or for entry into official locations such as nursing homes or hospitals
    2. You can use this certificate (if it is positive) for entry into hospital for treatment
  2. A PCR test can also give you certainty on your COVID-19 status as it is the most accurate COVID test on the market

What Laboratory Does Epicentre Use?

Where can you get a COVID-19 PCR test?

You can get COVID-19 tested by our COVID-19 testing angels at our Wynberg (CT), Randburg (JHB) or Hillcrest (DUR) branches.

You can learn more on our articles on our branches at:

Book With Epicentre

For 20 years Epicentre has been fighting South African’s infectious diseases, and now we’re taking on COVID-19! We are a company founded on a vision, ending disease in South Africa! So we believe in making an IMPACT.

We are an independent organization that is committed to creating a positive impact on health & wellness for all in South Africa.

We want to close the gap between unscreened, undiagnosed, and uncontrolled HIV & COVID-19 infections as well as other chronic diseases for all South Africans.

By booking your tests with Epicentre you are supporting a real local company that has worked for 20 years in all 9 provinces, in places like Pollsmoor prison to Constantia; & you’re getting a gold standard service that experts trust!

How to Find Our Wynberg Branch

We’ve recently moved! Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Cape Town branch is still based in Wynberg, a charming part of bustling Cape Town city.

Our testing address is:

Glaren Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800

Wynberg is a southern suburb of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape, South Africa. We are temporarily based in the park across from the church on main.

The parking lot is based at 12 Piers Road, walk into the park and situate yourself next to the blue and silver tent and wait for our nurse to come to you.

Contact Us

  • 082 455 9384

or call the main switch board in Hillcrest at

  • 087 072 5300

You can email us directly at:

How to Find Our Randburg Branch

Our COVID Drive-Through Johannesburg branch is based at our branch in Parkview, a charming suburb of bustling Johannesburg

Our address is:

67 Dundalk Avenue, Parkview, Randburg Gauteng

Our gated office has safe parking and is almost next door to the Parkview police station. The post office and a church (as pictured) are on the corners of Dundalk Avenue. You will then see the police station, we are only two doors down!

Ring the bell and park securely inside. Please wait in your car as our nurse will speak to you shortly!

Contact us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 082 065 2172
  • or 0114860741

How to Find Our Hillcrest Branch

Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Durban branch is based at our Head offices in Hillcrest, a charming town in the upper highway area.

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Our address is:

43a Old Main Rd Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, 3610

Our beautiful headquarters are based on the oldest farm house in Hillcrest. To get to our headquarters, drive past the robots after the Toyota dealership in Hillcrest. Go slow after the robots because our sign and driveway are within 100 m.

Look for the white sign with the Epicentre logo and turn down into the shaded driveway and drive straight until you see our big gates with our large Epicentre sign.

Please either call us or push the intercom with a pen or a similar pointy object to avoid contamination.

When you arrive, drive until you see our large farm house style office. We have ample parking space and beautiful grounds, which contain some of the oldest and largest planted trees in the upper highway area! Many of our clients have even wondered off to look around!

But please stay in your car, no matter how tempting it is, as we need to avoid contamination. Our nurse dressed in full PPE (personal protective equipment) will arrive at your car and conduct your test.

Contact Us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 0870725300