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Antigen Rapid Test (ART) Self-Test Kits

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-test kits are made available over the counter for individuals who are worried that they may have COVID-19 and want to put their mind at ease.

ART screens for SARS-CoV-2, a virus that causes COVID-19. It is a quick screening tool to pick up any possible infection early. The test is easy to do and safe, taking only less than 20 minutes.

MOH is conducting another round of distribution of ART self-test kits to all households from 22 Oct to 7 Dec 2021. You may learn more about the distribution exercise from the FAQs or learn how you can do the ART self-test on your own here

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated as of 11 Oct 21

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What should I do if I test positive on a COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-test

If you do not have any symptoms, self-isolate at home and monitor your health. After 72 hours, take another ART test. If negative, you may resume normal activities. If positive, continue to self-isolate and repeat ART at least one day apart, and resume normal activities when negative.

If you have symptoms of acute respiratory infection (ARI) e.g. fever, cough, flu or runny nose at any point, visit your nearest Swab and Send Home (SASH) clinic. 

I tested positive for my ART self-test. Should I get a confirmatory PCR?

You do not need to get a confirmatory PCR unless you belong to any of the following groups:

1) You have COVID-19 symptoms 
2) You are under Quarantine Order (QO), Stay-home Notice (SHN) or have received a Health Risk Warning (HRW) SMS. 
3) You work in healthcare or eldercare
4) You work or study in pre-schools or primary schools
5) You are aged 80 years old (vaccinated), or above 70 years old (unvaccinated) 

What precaution should I take to protect other household members?

Minimise interactions with other household members, and practice good personal hygiene habits, which include:

1) Stay in a separate room if possible your own and keep door closed 
2) For shared bathroom, clean it each time you use it by wiping surfaces
3) Wash your hands often
4) Keep the windows open to ensure the house is well-ventilated

What do I do if I need more ART Kits while on self-isolation?

Your family or friends can help to purchase ART kits, or you can purchase them online.  ART kits are available in retail supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.  We have ample stock.

What do I do if my ART result is invalid?

An invalid test may mean that the test was not performed correctly, or the test kit was faulty. You should repeat the ART with new test kits. If you still receive invalid results, please visit a licensed ART provider, and obtain help from a professional to perform an ART. 


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ART Self-test Kits

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For queries relating to ART Self-Test Kits, callPlease also refer to the FAQs for more information.

For queries relating to Nationwide Distribution of ART Self-Test Kits, call

Please also refer to the FAQs for more information.

Hotline Operating Hours:

For 6876 5830
Monday to Friday
8 AM to 5 PM
(Closed on Sat, Sun and public holidays)

For 6876 5835
Monday to Sunday
8 AM to 10 PM

The ABCDs of ART Self-Testing

A - Act

- Act if you are worried that you may have COVID-19. Get at least two ART self-test kits to stock up at home just in case you need it.

- If you have any acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms such as fever, cough, flu, or runny nose, please do not perform any ART self testing and visit a SASH clinic listed on

- If you had nasal surgery in the last 4 weeks or facial surgery in the last 8 weeks, do not perform any ART self-testing at home. Instead, please visit a licensed ART provider for a private-paid ART to be conducted.

B - Be informed

- Be Informed and read how to use the ART test kits correctly, according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Instructions and requirements will vary with the brand of kits you purchased.

- Before you perform the test, please ensure the following:

a) You are in a well-ventilated room (e.g. next to an open window), away from others.
b) Find a flat surface to place your cartridge. You may need a mirror and a timer to guide you.
c) The surfaces used can be easily cleaned and wiped down (your bathroom may be a good place to conduct the test).

C - Check

- Check yourself. Clean your hands, swab both your nostrils, read, and check your own ART test according to the manufacturer’s instructions in your specific test kit.

- If your test result is positive or invalid, take a photo of your result with your identification document (NRIC/passport) next to it before disposing your ART test kit.

D - Dispose

- Dispose of the used test kit properly:

a) Bag all the used items in the test kit into one plastic bag or sealable bag and seal it.
b) Place the sealed bag into another plastic bag.
c) Tie the second bag tightly with a rubber band or cable tie.
d) Throw it into a rubbish chute or pedal bin immediately.

Other Resources

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Simple Guide to ART Self-test Kits
Press Release: Maintaining Heightened Alert to Minimise Risk of Transmission As We Re-open SafelyWebpage