How To Get Free COVID Tests In South Africa

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Lab Results in 48-72hrs

Free Medical Results Certificate With Each Test

Discount Valid At All Our Boutique Walk-In Labs During Jan 2023

We Believe That Safe & Affordable Lab Testing Should Be Easy

What our EPIC clients have to say

Compliments to your staff and centre. I was so impressed by how the entire process was handled. So polite and comforting and professional.

Dee Munks, Durban Epic Testing Centre Client

Very impressed with your service. Your Staff were professional and well mannered. Will definitely recommend you!

Cheryl Clegg, Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

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; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client
What a fast and friendly service!
Nadia, Maritime Solutions

My client would like to thank the entire Cape Town Epicentre team, for the excellent manner in which their employees have been made aware of their status.

Jan, Optimal Solve; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

I am so grateful for all that Johann has done for us as a family and still doing. I am eternally grateful, and I stand in awe of his kindness. It brings tears to my eyes to think that someone can be so kind to total strangers. May the Lord bless you and keep you and take you from strength to strength. I took my uncle from a drug house about two months ago. He was slowly disappearing because of malnutrition. He doesn’t have any children or a wife. We all he has, and now you are willing to go the extra mile for him. My words are not enough to thank you. 🙏🏼 Bless you sir

Melton, Cape Town Epic Testing centre client

Our Free COVID Tests Explained

Why do we offer a free COVID test?

We want to make safe and convenient COVID tests affordable for sick members of our community.

Epicentre offers this discount as part of a study. To take part, you must have COVID or Flu like symptoms and be over 18 years old.

Where can you get a free COVID Test?

Get this discount at any of Epicentre’s Walk-In Lab branches.

Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

Rondebosch (Cape Town), Western Cape.

Randburg (Johannesburg), Gauteng.

What is a Free COVID Test?

A free COVID tests, is a COVID-19 test that does not cost any money as it is partnered with our study partners.

Unlike other pathology labs in South Africa, we do not require a referral. This means that you are able to just ‘walk-in’ to our boutique lab and get tested, and afterwards you will own your results.

What is the Free COVID test Procedure?

Just come through to our testing Centres or message our WhatsApp number at 072 843 7564

✔ Completing a brief questionnaire

✔ A nasal and 2 nasopharyngeal swabs to conduct PCR, and 2 Antigen tests.

✔ COVID-19 positive patients will be invited to participate in a follow-up study.

What Are We Hoping To Achieve?

Our primary aim is to:

1. To assess the COVID -19 Rapid Antigen diagnostic tests in the South African setting

2. This study will evaluate a SAPHRA approved antigen rapid COVID-19 test and a new unregistered but very promising second antigen rapid COVID-19 test

3. To improve the detection of these viruses to establish how COVID-19 is spreading in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal

4. To guide locally appropriate prevention and clinical care.

Who Should Get Tested?

✔ You have been exposed to COVID-19 OR You are experiencing any of these symptoms:

shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or small, fatigue, myalgia or chest pain

✔ You are over 18 years old.

When Should You Get a Free COVID Test?

You should come in for a free test within 1–3 days of symptoms starting, or 4 days after coming in contact with a confirmed positive person.

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.

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

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Epicentre Special Deals

We offer free and heavily discounted tests as they are subsidized by research organizations that are looking to use this anonymous information to investigate various research questions, like can people test themselves for COVID?

Our Special Deals

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR test

All branches – FREE!

(Not for travel)

Cough Check 3 in 1 PCR: RSV, Flu & COVID

FREE!

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

R50 pensioners discount!

Epicentre offers

Wellness Packages

Please note that our packages are just a guide, you can pick any of the tests in these packages, add extra tests or take out any tests. Choose what suits your needs!

Women’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Women’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

Men’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Men’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

 

Walk-In Lab

Please note that our packages are just a guide, you can pick any of these tests in these packages, add extra tests or take out any tests. Choose what suits your needs!

Arthritis Package

Diabetes Monitoring Package

Diabetes Screening Package

Liver & Pancreas Package

Long COVID Package

HIV Monitoring Package

HIV Screening Package

Iron Deficiency & Anaemia Package

Menopause Package

Women’s Fertility Test Package

Men’s Fertility Test Package

STI Screening Package

Thyroid Screening Package

Rapid Typhoid Test

Drive Through

Laboratory Typhoid Test

Home

Drive-Thru COVID Tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R500)

Home based COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R1150 + travel over 50kms)

Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Tests

On Sale! (R150)

Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 12hrs)

(R850)

Cape Town Only

Extra Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 4-5hrs)

(R2000)

Cape Town Only

International Flight Testing Package

(PCR + Antiviral Mask)

(R1000)

Contact Us

Ready to talk? Contact us today for a free consultation!

When should you get a Walk-In Lab test?

You can walk in to our lab without an appointment whenever we are open. But you are also welcome to make an appointment to shorten your chances of waiting.

Please check on our page if you need to prepare in a special way for any of our packages. We will also let you know if you place a booking for a package that requires preparation.

If you are coming in for a test that requires fasting, please do not eat and only drink water for 8hrs before your test.

When should you get a Walk-In Lab test?

We recommend coming in the morning if you are coming in for a package that requires fasting.

If you are getting a package that does not require special prep, you can come any time between 8:30am to 4pm.

Durban testing centres

Our COVID-19 Drive-Through in Hillcrest is based at our head offices.

Our testing address

Our opening times

From Monday to Friday, we are open from 9am to 15:30

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Cape Town testing centres

Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Strand branch is based in a seaside resort town in the Western Cape.

Our testing address

Our opening times

From Monday to Friday, we are open from 9am to 15:30

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Johannesburg testing centres

Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Randburg branch is our JHB head branch in the thriving suburb of Parkview.

Our testing address

Our opening times

From Monday to Friday, we are open from 9am to 15:30

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