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.
Do I need a Coronavirus test to enter Italy?
To enter Italy, it is required to produce a negative test against infection of coronavirus depending on the country of origin. The result must be in Italian or English. For an updated list of the countries for which a test please visit this up to date page from the Italian Ministry of health
How long it takes to get the result of a PCR test?
Some PCR test to detect the Coronavirus infection may require only a few hours to produce results if samples are tested on-site, or it may take a few days if the samples are sent elsewhere for testing. On average, you can expect to receive the results of an RT-PCR test within 2-5 days. On faiuntestevai.it we try to provide guidance on timelines that each laboratory and pharmacy offers.
Do I need a doctor's prescription for a rapid antigen Covid test in Italy?
Usually antigen tests do not require the prescription of a doctor in Italy. However, it is good to inform your doctor about the values of the results in order to enable it to assess whether or not there is the need to prescribe a possible molecular tests.
What is the difference between qualitative test, quantitative and semi-quantitative?
In relation to infection by Coronavirus, a qualitative test determines the "if" while quantitative tests and semi-quantitative answer to the question "what?" By measuring the level of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a patient's blood sample, the quantitative tests and semi-quantitative give a more definitive answer on the body's immune response to the virus.
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