Common Covid-19 Symptoms

You need to take the COVID-19 swab test if you are feeling any of the following symptoms: 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache 
  • Runny nose
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste

Before taking the test you should self-isolate. Swab tests are done at Government Testing Centres only by appointment or at private clinics and pharmacies. To book a Swab Test at a Government Testing Centre, call the Public Health Helpline on 111 or +356 21324086 if you have a foreign number. The operators will take note of your personal details and you will be given an appointment to undergo this test closest to your place of residence. You can also book your swab test by visiting and filling in the online form. 

Do not use any public transport, taxis, or car-sharing. The testing centre will provide transport for you. If you need the testing centre to make transport arrangements for you, please inform them when you book your test. 

It is important that from the moment you suspect that you might have COVID-19, book your test and take the test, that you self-isolate. If no COVID-19 is detected you are required to self-isolate for a further 24 hours. If you do have COVID-19 then you must remain in mandatory quarantine and follow the instructions of the Public Health Authority. You must remain indoors and avoid contact with other people. 

You will receive your test results either by email, SMS or telephone call within 72 hours after the test. If after 72 hours you have not received your test result, then you must send an email to or call on 111.

Alternatively, you can choose to do your swab test at a private clinic or pharmacy. 

Private Rapid Antigen Test Centres 

  • Alpha Medical Mobile Unit, Kalkara
  • Anici Pharmacy, Imtarfa
  • Bugibba Testing Centre, Triq it-Turisti, Qawra
  • Brown's + HSE Screening Centre, Qormi
  • Cettina, Safi
  • Clinic 351, Hal Qormi
  • COVID Swab Malta, Bugibba Square, Bugibba
  • DaVinci Hospital, Birkirkara
  • Drugsales Ltd, Lija
  • Drugshop Pharmacy, Qormi
  • Gozo Osteopathy Clinic, Rabat, Gozo
  • Health Plus Pharmacy, Birzebbuga
  • Healthway Medical Centre, Haz-Zebbug
  • Ideal Pharmacy, Rabat
  • Klinika Balzan, Balzan
  • Klinika Santa Marija,  Zurrieq
  • Malta International Airport, Luqa - Park East Multi-Storey Car Park 
  • Malta Red Cross Base Of Operations, Pembroke
  • Milia's Clinic, Birgu
  • Mint Care Pharmacy, Birkirkara
  • O'hea Pharmacy, Gzira
  • Pegasus Laboratory Services, Sannat, Gozo
  • 406, Qawra Clinic, St Paul's Bay
  • Rapid Screening Malta,  Naxxar
  • Rapid Screening Malta, St Julians
  • Rapid Swabbing Centre, St George's Road, St Julian's
  • Remedies Pharmacy B'kara, Birkirkara
  • Remedies Pharmacy Mqabba, Mqabba
  • Remedies Pharmacy, Siggiewi
  • Remedies Pharmacy, Ta' Xbiex
  • Saint James Hospital, Sliema
  • Sciortino Health and Wellness Clinic, Haz-Zebbug
  • Serenity Holistic Medical Clinic, Swieqi
  • St Anne's Clinic, Birkirkara
  • St Mary Clinic, Iklin
  • St Philip Pharmacy, Ghaxaq
  • Swabbing Malta, Park East, Malta Airport, Luqa
  • The Health Spot, Naxxar
  • Vittoriosa Pharmacy, Vittoriosa

Private PCR Laborities

  • Bio Arte, Swieqi
  • HSE Laboratory, Msida
  • Pegasus, Sannat, Gozo
  • St James Capua Sliema

This advice is meant as a guideline only and should not be used in lieu of expert medical advice. Furthermore, information contained herein is correct at the time of publishing and is subject to change and may change in the future.