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COVID-19 PCR Test for Travel, Orange County, CA

COVID-19 PCR Testing

Need to get tested before your trip? Family Care Centers offers three convenient locations (Irvine, Fountain Valley & Costa Mesa) for COVID-19 PCR Testing for Travel.

Though the pandemic seems behind us in the USA, this isn't necessarily the case elsewhere. Some countries still have strict COVID-19 guidelines which may require travelers to have a negative COVID-19 result before they are allowed to board their flight. So, if you are traveling to a country that may require a negative COVID-19 result, you can visit one of our clinics to get a COVID-19 PCR test done.

Here are the highlights of our COVID-19 PCR testing for travel services:

  • Drive up testing
  • Same day testing available
  • Reservations made over the phone
  • Results available in 24-48 hours
  • All COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed

What Is a PCR Test?

A PCR test is used to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. PCR testing is one way to diagnose people infected with SARS-CoV-2, which is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It is considered the gold standard test for diagnosing the virus because of its high accuracy rate.

Why Do You Need a Travel PCR Test?

A PCR test for travel is required if you need a COVID-19 clearance to travel internationally or nationally. There are still destinations that are still affected by COVID-19. Therefore, these destinations may require a negative COVID-19 report from travelers before allowing them to board on a flight headed into their country. To avoid delays at the airport or cancellation of your trip, you need a COVID-19 PCR test for travel.

It may also be recommended by the CDC to get tested for COVID-19 before and after travel. Being tested can help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on flights, airports, and at your destination. Check your destination’s requirements here.

How Is the COVID-19 PCR Test Conducted?

Having a COVID-19 PCR test for travel involves these three steps:

  • You will undergo a DNA sample collection where a cotton swab will be inserted into your nostrils and around to collect liquid from your nose. The swab is sealed in a tube and then sent to a laboratory for a test.
  • The laboratory performs a process called extraction, which separates genetic material in the sample from any virus that may be present.
  • The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is the next step. Here, the laboratory uses special chemicals and a PCR machine to cause a reaction, and a special software interprets it to be a positive COVID-19 result.

What Is the Turnaround Time for COVID-19 PCR Test Results at FCCMG?

The turnaround time (TAT) at FCCMG is 24-48 hours. Factors like how long it takes the sample to reach the laboratory and how many other samples are in the queue to be examined may affect your turnaround time.


How Many Days Before Travel Do I Need to Come for a COVID-19 PCR Test?

It is best to get your PCR test for travel between 48-72 hours before your flight takes off. Do not get your COVID-19 test sooner than three days before traveling, as it may not be accepted by the area you are traveling to.

How Reliable Is the PCR Test?

PCR is described as the "gold standard" test for COVID-19 because of its accuracy and reliability. It isn't the only viral testing method, and there are others such as the antigen and antibody tests, but they are not as accurate as a PCR test. Usually, if either of the two tests shows a negative status, your healthcare provider may order a PCR to confirm the negative result.

What If My Test Results Are Positive?

Do not travel if your COVID-19 status is positive. Immediately quarantine and isolate yourself.

You must quarantine until the infection passes, and it's safe to be around others. You should confine yourself to a separate room and bathroom and refrain from nearing other humans or animals (pets) in the house. The infection usually passes after about ten days. You can also connect to one of our providers over Telehealth Virtual Appointment to get seen and treated, in case your symptoms worsen.

What Is Travel Medicine, and When Should You Schedule a Visit?

If you have planned a trip out of the country, consider your health and the preventative care you may need before you leave. That’s where travel medicine comes in. It includes counseling and scheduling all the necessary tests for your particular destination. Vaccinations are available for a variety of diseases. With a team of qualified and trained healthcare providers, we are committed to providing the highest quality care for your health care needs. Do not hesitate to visit our urgent care clinics Irvine Woodbridge , Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley.

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