Fast and Easy Test Regime Mandatory from 15 Jul 21
Fast and Easy Test (FET) regime is being rolled out for all outlet employees at dine-in F&B establishments,  Personal care services (e.g. facial and nail services, spas/ saunas, Massage establishments, hairdressing, and make-up services); and Gyms and fitness studios where clients are unmasked. FET for these groups will be mandatory from 15 July 2021. For most businesses, FET can be done through a system of Employer led Supervisor Self-swabs (ESSS).  If you believe you fall into this category and your employer has not informed you that they have planned for ESSS, you may obtain more information via the FET hotline at 6876 5830.

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.

The ABCDs of ART Self-Testing

Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated as of 16 Jul 21

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Q1: Where and when can I purchase an ART self-test kit? (Updated 16 Jul 21)

The self-test kits can be purchased from various community retail pharmacies, general retail shops as well as e-commerce platforms.

Please refer to Health Science Authority (HSA)’s website here for the list of authorised self-test kits.

Q2: Is ART painful?

ART is conducted by inserting a swab stick approximately 2cm into the nostril. These swabs are shallower and less intrusive than the nasopharyngeal swabs taken for PCR tests. Users may experience some discomfort, but the swabs should not be painful.

Q3: How do I use the ART self-test kit?

Instructions and requirements will vary with the brand of test kits you purchase. Please read and follow the instructions carefully so that you can use the ART self-test kits correctly
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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.

Hotline Operating Hours:

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

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.

S - Stay Safe

- If you have a positive test or two invalid tests, please do the following:

a) Take a photo of your result with your identification document (NRIC/passport) next to it before disposing your ART test kit.
b) Mask up and avoid large crowds.
c) Visit a Swab and Send Home (SASH) clinic listed here for a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test via dedicated private transport.
d) Refer to the FAQs for more information.

- If you test negative, please continue to observe safe management measures, practice good personal hygiene such as regular handwashing and wearing a mask when leaving your home.

Other Resources

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The ABCDs of ART Self-testing VideoYouTube
Simple Guide to ART Self-test Kits
PDF, 5 MB 
Press Release: Maintaining Heightened Alert to Minimise Risk of Transmission As We Re-open SafelyWebpage