FAQs on Coronavirus testing
What tests are accepted for travel to other EU countries?
The European Union has agreed on a list of rapid tests (antigen) accepted in all EU countries.
To be valid in the European Union and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the tests (molecular or antigenic) have sensitivity equal to or greater than 90% and specificity equal to or higher than 97%. The result must be in English or in a language recognized in the country where you are going.
In addition the following information must be present on the result:
Read more details on the website of the EU
- Date of birth
- Type of Test, including the name of the manufacturer of the test (for antigen tests)
- Name infection tested (SARS-CoV-2)
- Date and time
- Test Center Details
Can I travel to Italy if I haven't yet been vaccinated?
The Digital Green Certificate is a document that facilitates free movement inside the EU. Not only Covid vaccinations are recorded in the the Green Pass, but also results from Covid tests. Italy recognises results from RT-PCR test and rapid antigen tests. Being able to provide a negative test result is one of the conditions that have to be met in order to enter Italy.
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.
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 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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