FAQs on Coronavirus testing
Are do-it-yourself Covid-19 tests accepted for travelling?
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 test results do-it-yourself tests are not accepted where travel is required. This is because travel is required for a test carried out by qualified medical personnel, a patient's test high level of specificity/sensitivity and details on the report.
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.
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