FAQs on Coronavirus testing
Which Coronavirus test are accepted by airlines?
Molecular (PCR) tests are typically accepted by airlines, but more and more frequently are also accepted antigen test results.
Usually, it is required that the test has not been done before 48 hours from the date of the flight. For more details, we recommend you check with your airline and the official information of the destination country. The result must be available even for international travel, in English and/or in the country's language where you are going.
What is Italy’s Green Pass for travel or the EU's COVID travel pass?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), is a document that allows people to travel to/from all 27 member states of the European Union.
A Digital Green Certificate is a digital (and if requested also a paper) proof that a person has either
- been vaccinated against COVID-19; or
- received a negative test result; or
- recovered from COVID-19
The pass is issued by hospitals, test centres, health authorities etc. It consists of information about the individual and their vaccination/test/COVID recovery. The digital version consists of this information and a QR code stored on the individual's mobile phone.
The certificates should be rolled out for issuance and verification by summer 2021.
More information is available on the EU's website
What is a PCR or Molecular test?
The RT-PCR antigen test (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) is the standard gold method to quickly and accurately identify any traces of Covid-19 current infection in the body. This is the most common type of test used to prove that you are currently infected when travelling abroad.
These tests require a swab, which can be self-administered or performed by a healthcare professional. These swabs are then sent to a specialised laboratory which can often return results in less than 24 hours.
How long it takes to get the result of a rapid test?
The rapid antigen tests are designed for quick results and rapid detection of the new coronavirus. Usually, you can get results from an antigen test within 15 minutes. This is because the test does not require any specialized laboratory equipment and can easily be performed in a doctor's office or clinical setting.
Keep in mind that increased testing across the nation can mean a more significant burden on laboratories, which may contribute to longer waiting times than usual for a lab result.
What is a Covid-19 serological test?
Serological tests can be used by scientists to measure the antibody response of an individual who can help you determine if someone is infected with the virus COVID-19 in the past. These tests might be of interest to an individual if they had not carried out a PCR test when he suffered from symptoms in the past or to determine if someone has had an infection asymptotic.
Although many clinics and private laboratories provide serological tests, these are not generally used by the travel or the target locations concerned about the current health of someone and if you have been infected by the virus.
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