Getting a COVID test in Taipei

The thread has several irrelevant posts before the useful answers so I wanted to create a thread where the useful information is bubbled up to the top.

that is so for almost every thread.

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I also found this Chinese-language site to book a self-paid COVID-19 test. I will poke around on it and see if I can manage to get a booking, will also report back once I’ve actually taken the test on how the process went.

The cost for a test is NT$6,000 if you go with the slow (next-day result) option :upside_down_face:

Does the US require a negative Covid test to enter now?

Yes, see this page by the US CDC.

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Wow. Glad I saw this before returning in a couple of months. I knew we needed it to enter Taiwan, but it’s rather ironic to need it to enter the US from Taiwan.

Cheapest test in Taipei at the moment I think is 5000 or 5500 TWD

Here is the latest hospital list from the Taiwan CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/File/Get/_okJOR9WegmNO-cIiSK5zw

I got mine at Shuang Ho Hospital – next-day result for 5,800 TWD – no appointments are needed. Just arrive before 10AM on weekdays. I was in and out in 15 minutes. I highly recommend them.

Antigen testing is much cheaper: 2500-2600 TWD. Unfortunately, it’s only available at Tong Yen Hospital in Hsinchu and Landseed Hospital at the Taoyuan Airport.

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Jesus. And presumably even more expensive in the US to get one to return. I’ll be doing both this summer. I hope my insurance will cover it, but I doubt it.

I got mine in the US for free - check out Project Baseline.

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Information from Cathay General Hospital- 國泰綜合醫院

source:

https://en.cgh.org.tw/ec99/rwd105/category.asp?category_id=48

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I wonder if NHI will cover the COVID test? I qualify for a NHI card since I’ve been here over six months. 6,000 out of pocket is not too bad, but I enjoy navigating Taiwanese bureaucratic processes (some sort of Stockholm syndrome from previous ARC-related experiences I guess) and so I’m going to apply for a card and then ask at a hospital if the test is covered.

If it’s a voluntary request due to going on holidays NHI doesn’t cover it.

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The test is only covered if you show COVID symptoms, and a doctor requests it.

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I found out that this page is specifically for the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, which is a bit out-of-the-way in Tienmu. I’m going to try to get a reservation at the Taipei City Hospital, Kunming Branch which is closest to where I live, and failing that, try for a reservation at the Cathay General site that @chydals linked.

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I created a map of all the hospitals in Nothern Taiwan that offer COVID-19 PCR tests including price range (up to date as of the time of posting).

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Is there a web page with more information on those hospitals offering antigen tests? I couldn’t find anything on the websites of Ton-Yen Hospital or Landseed Hospital.

For Ton-Yen Hospital, call this number: 03-552-7000. The phone numbers for Landseed Hospital at the airport are 03-3983456 and 03-3983486, but people said the lines were always busy.

that’s a great source!
thanks for the map and welcome to the forum

I called Landseed Hospital at TPE. They said they only do antigen tests between 3-5pm Mon-Sat and can take 8-10 appointments per day. Results available within 45 minutes. $2500 Mon-Fri; $3000 Sat.

This seems like a great option for those whose flights align with the testing hours. Unfortunately for me, my flight is at 10am, so I’ll probably pay $5000-$7000 for a PCR test in Taipei.

I didn’t bother calling Ton-Yen Hospital since Hsinchu is too far for me.