[Last update: 4:20 am, March 31, 2020]
Compiled below are city-wise list of government hospitals and private labs where a suspected coronavirus patient can go and get tested.
Who qualifies for testing
Before you go there, be absolutely sure you meet the following criteria.
- Individuals who have undertaken international travel after March 4, 2020 AND have become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty of breathing).
- You have come into contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient AND you have also become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty of breathing)
- You are asymptomatic (don’t have fever, cough, difficulty of breathing) BUT are a direct contact or you are a high-risk contact i.e. you live in the same household with a confirmed case, OR live with a healthcare worker who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection
- Healthcare work who has become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty of breathing).
- You are already a hospitalized patient with severe respiratory illness (fever, cough, difficulty of breathing.
City-wise Testing Centers to Contact
Steps to follow to get testedIf you qualify the criteria to be tested listed above, these are the steps you need to follow.
- Download the SARS-CoV-2 Testing Form. You have to fill this form, and get it signed and stamped by a doctor.
- You also have to attach your doctor’s prescription along with this form.
- You are also required to give your Aadhar Number, which should support the current address and the contact number of the suspect patient.
Additional Guidelines for testing with Private labsThe Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), which is the apex government organization for biomedical research in the country, has appointed a few private labs also to conduct Covid-19 testing, following the steps outlined in the previous section.
Among the guidelines stipulated by ICMR for private testing labs include:
- Each of the approved private labs have been given registration number by ICMR. Ensure that the lab you are testing with has this registration number prominently displayed. If not, ask for the lab to show the ICMR registration number, so you know this is an approved lab for testing.
- While the ICMR recommends testing free of cost but they also have stated that the maximum cost for testing should not exceed Rs 4,500. The labs cannot charge a price higher than this for testing.
The updated guidelines by ICMR for testing by private labs was issued on March 21, 2020. These may be updated depending on the situation, and we will update the information here accordingly.
Other government labs
ICMR, as it expands the testing capacity for Covid-19 across the country, has now added two categories of labs.
First, it has added more government labs that can conduct the testing but they have to source the testing kit by themselves. In the table below, we have labeled them as Govt – Others.
Second, there are new sample collection centers being added, especially in more remote locations. These are government centers that can only collect the samples, and not test. In our table, we have labeled them as Govt – Collection Only.
[Note: We are updating the information on this page on a daily basis, and will add information about testing centers and procedures as they get updated by the government.]