PCR-tests and travel certificates

If you plan to travel abroad, you may be required to do a PCR test. The test must be performed within a certain period of time after arrival at your destination or prior to departure. Please visit the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to find out what’s required at your specific destination.

What is a PCR test?

PCR is a test that detects the presence of genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus or viral particles.

It is the most sensitive test to determine an active infection. However, the test can not differentiate between contagious and non-contagious infection. For this reason the test can be positive from two days prior to onset of symptoms and up to three weeks after the last symptoms. If the test result is positive, you are regarded as contagious and are not allowed to travel. The PCR-test is analysed in an accredited laboratory in accordance with the recommendations of The Public Health Agency of Sweden.

PCR test does not detect a previous Covid-19 infection, but only if virus or viral particles are currently present in the mucous membrane.

How does the PCR-test work?

A swab (a flexible stick with a soft tip) is inserted approximately 4 cm into your nostril. The swab is then rotated to collect enough respiratory material to be used in the analysis.

The test is then sent to the laboratory for analysis and the result is received via e-mail within 12-48 hours. Please observe! In order to receive a medical certificate valid for travel you will need to provide your passport number when you take this test. If you do not have BankID, you can collect the certificate with the result at our clinic instead.

In the e-mail you will also find a travel certificate that verifies your result, issued in English and signed by a licensed physician. Please observe! In order to receive a medical certificate valid for travel you will need to provide your passport number when you take this test.

The result can be verified using a validation code.

When should I take the test?

Find out the requirements of the country you are planning on visiting.

Specific information for every country can be found on the website of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In general, you must be able to provide a negative PCR-test performed 72 hours prior to arrival. However, some countries accept a test performed within 72 hours prior to departure.

A negative result is valid from the time the test is performed. Make sure that the test is timed with your arrival, adding some time for eventual delays and preferrably a buffer of approximately two hours.

Do our tests meet the requirements?

Our tests meet all the requirements of The Public Health Agency of Sweden and the laboratories analyzing the tests are accredited and approved.

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