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.
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.
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.
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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