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
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
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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