COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS


COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS


If you are thinking of traveling, you should know that several countries require a negative RT-PCR test to enter. Do you know the different types of test there are to detect COVID-19?

 

Learn about them here and see which one you need to reach your destination!

Test types

RT-PCR test

It detects the genetic material of the virus using a laboratory technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Also known as a molecular test, a healthcare professional takes a sample of saliva, nasal fluid or throat with a cotton swab. PCR tests are very accurate when done correctly.

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Serological test

The antibody test, also known as the serological test. A healthcare professional takes a blood sample, usually from a fingertip or a vein in your arm. The sample is then tested to determine if you have developed antibodies to the virus. 

This test is unlikely to be necessary to enter any country.

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Antigen test

It detects certain proteins in the virus. A cotton swab is used to collect a sample of fluid from the nose or throat, and antigen tests can give results in minutes. A positive antigen test result is considered to be very accurate, but there is a greater chance of a false negative result. Depending on the situation, your doctor may recommend a PCR test to confirm a negative antigen test result.

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DESTINATIONS THAT REQUIRE THE PRESENTATION OF AN RT-PCR TEST TO ENTER

Last update: January 12
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We encourage you to have an RT-PCR test certificate carried out no more than 48 hours before your flight, so in the eventual scenario of time flight changes, you could still have your test in the restricted validation hours.