We offer the following types of COVID-19 travel tests which include a Fit to Fly certificate (for negative test results only) suitable for travel where documentation of test results is required for travel.
PCR (also known as RT-PCR)
The PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) and is considered to be the gold standard in COVID-19 testing. It offers the most accurate results as it can detect even the smallest amount of virus. A negative PCR test result provides the most reliable indication you that can safely continue to work and travel.
While the PCR is the most accurate, it also takes longer than other tests due to the time required for processing in the laboratory. We offer a variety of test resulting times to meet your requirements. (See article: When will I receive my results?)
PCR tests must be pre-booked at one of our test centres; no self-testing is available.
Antigen Lateral Flow
The Antigen Lateral Flow test is a less accurate test than the PCR test but can be resulted in less than an hour as it does not need to be processed in a laboratory.
NOTE: do not confuse this with an Antibody Test, which is not currently offered by ExpressTest.
This test uses an established technology which has been adapted to detect antigens that are present when a person has COVID-19. A well-known example of this is the home pregnancy test kit and our Lateral Flow Tests represent a similar technology.
A negative result means that active coronavirus infection was not detected at the time of the test. However, this does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus.
Antigen Lateral Flow tests must be pre-booked and are available, either as an onsite test at one of our test centres, or as self-test kits for delivery or pick-up from a test centre. Our self-tests are ‘unsupervised’ (meaning you are not connected to a live agent to observe you when you collect your sample) so ensure that your destination country permits unsupervised tests before ordering a self-test kit.
NOTE: not all test products are available at every test site due to different laboratory processes.
For information about our COVID Recovery Certificates see article: What is a COVID Recovery Certificate?.