Though the pandemic seems almost behind us in the USA, this isn't necessarily the case elsewhere. Many other countries still have strict COVID-19 guidelines. They may still 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 requires 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:
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.
A PCR test for travel is required if you need a COVID-19 clearance to travel internationally or nationally. There are many destinations within or outside our country that are still severely 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 state. 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.
Having a COVID-19 PCR test for travel involves these three steps:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have plans to go on a trip out of the country, you should 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 clinic in Irvine for a complete travel health visit.