The objectives of this study were to reveal the screening uptake of South Asian women who had participated in the community-based multimedia intervention and to identify the reasons among those women who remained unscreened after receiving the intervention. This was a cross-sectional study. South Asian women (Indian, Pakistani and Nepalese) who had attended a community-based multimedia intervention and who agreed to participate in a follow-up telephone survey were contacted. A structured telephone survey was conducted to collect data on their screening uptake status. There were altogether 371 women who completed the survey. Before attending the intervention, 220 of them had never had a Pap test. After the intervention, 75 of those 220 women (34.1%) decided to attend screening, of which 43 underwent their first Pap test, while 32 made their first Pap test appointment. Among those 151 women who previously underwent screening, 76 of them completed the screening or had scheduled a repeated test. Perceived barriers to screening such as lack of time, language barriers and perception that it was unnecessary to attend screening remained the major reasons for women who were not screened. Some South Asian women started to have their first Pap test, while some continued to attend screening after the intervention. As barriers that affect women's screening participation still exist, continuous and sustainable efforts should be made to improve the overall screening uptake. Copyright © 2019 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.