The PCR test is the premier COVID-19 detection method.
The test involves extracting the subject’s samples from the nose and throat using a swab.
The samples are then analyzed in a laboratory to look for COVID-19 RNA in them.
The PCR test is globally recognized for its reliability in finding current COVID-19 infections.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Cape Town
- Central African Republic
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- North Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Congo
- Rio de Janeiro
- Saint Petersburg
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- United States of America (some states)
Updated 09th January 2023. Please check Gov.uk for the latest information before making travel arrangements.
As Covid cases are on the rise internationally, governments around the world are updating travel rules to include PCR tests for foreign travel.
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, PCR travel test have been a large part of the safety measures taken globally to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus.
With the recent global rise in cases, it has become highly necessary to screen foreign visitors when welcoming them due to the rise of the mutated strains of the virus.
Therefore, depending on your destination country, you may need to take a PCR test before you begin your travel.
While taking PCR travel tests may be compulsory when visiting certain countries, there are no fixed timing rules to follow.
While most countries require international arrivals to have taken a PCR test within 48 hours of departures, other countries may have different time windows.
Even then, the time during which to take the pre-travel PCR test can change at any time on short notice..
We strongly recommend that you find out about the entry requirements of your destination country before booking a PCR test.
You can find the latest information regarding foreign travel on the government’s website.
We provide comprehensive fit-to-fly certificates with all negative results from our PCR travel tests.
This document will contain a detailed report of the sample analysis along with attestation from our laboratory personnel.
Furthermore, the location and time of the date test will be included.
PCR tests can only find a subject’s existing COVID-19 infection.
You must bring your current passport to our PCR test clinic for your scheduled testing appointment.
The passport must be valid and the same one you will use during travel.
Depending on the PCR travel test service you opt for, you may receive your result on the same day you had your PCR test or the next day.
At most of our clinics, we offer a next-day results service and a same-day results service.
Currently, all our PCR travel test services are clinic-based.
This is because most of the countries requiring international travellers to take the test have imposed tight pre-travel time windows in which to take the test.
If sample collection is done at home, it takes longer than the required amount of time to provide test results.
Moreover, the in-clinic testing is supervised by our expert clinicians, ensuring the most reliable test results.
VIVO Clinic is an approved covid travel test provider.
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, VIVO Clinic has been one of the leading PCR test providers for international travel.