San Francisco has 50 free COVID-19 testing sites open, 34 of which do not require proof of insurance. These sites fall under an initiative called CityTestSF and can be visited with an appointment or by drop-in, depending on the location.
- Children (13 and under) need a parent or guardian to book them an appointment
- Testing is available through drop-in or by appointment(make sure to check if your site requires an appointment before going). You do NOT need a doctor’s note to schedule a test.
- You will NOT be charged for the test
- You do NOT have to bring a photo ID, if you are asked for one you can say no
Sf.gov states that individuals should get tested when:
- You have Covid-19 symptoms
- You’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, test 5 days after your exposure. Testing earlier to find out if you’re positive is optional.
- Asked by your school, workplace, doctor, or the Department Public of Health
- For all international travel to the United States, you must get tested within 24 hours of your flight
- For all travel to California from other states or countries, you should get tested 3 to 5 days after you arrive in California
It might also be helpful to get tested:
- Before and after activities that put you or others at higher risk for COVID-19, like attending large gatherings or being in crowded indoor settings
- When you work somewhere with a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, like homeless shelters, jails, and settings with close contact with the public. See detailed testing guidance from the State
- Right after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Earlier treatments might be open to you, and you can let anyone exposed to you know sooner if your test is positive
Keep in mind:
- The COVID-19 test detects if you have the virus at the time you take the test. It does not test for immunity or if you had the virus in the past.
- If your test is negative, you must still be careful. You can still get infected. Or you could still have COVID-19, but the test does not show you are infected yet.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms later, you can get tested again. Have questions or need more help? Call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Where are the COVID-19 testing locations in San Francisco?
Visit sf.gov/citytestsf to find a testing site near you. Eligibility and appointment requirements may vary based on site, so make sure to check their site requirements.
Additionally, a new federal initiative called Test to Treat began in March 2022. Through this program, people are able to get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider (either on site or through telehealth), and have their prescription filled all at one location. Find out where your closest Test to Treat locations are by visiting this page.
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