Travel restrictions are changing every day during the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. Many countries now require a clean COVID 19 test in order to enter through customs and immigration. It has now a requirement for travelers to have a PCR Test Certificate.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.
Infection with the virus-causing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is confirmed by the presence of viral RNA detected by molecular testing, usually RT-PCR. Detection of viral RNA does not necessarily mean that a person is infectious and able to transmit the virus to another person.
The average turnaround time for PCR (Nasal Swab) lab results is currently 3 to 4 days.
Find the list of laboratories providing PCR test certificates below;
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