What tests do Vivo Clinic Provide?
VIVO Clinic offers both postal and in-clinic PCR Tests for travel to ITALY, as well as Antigen (Lateral Flow Tests) to check for current infection of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The test results are recognised for travel, and you are provided with a Fit to Fly certificate via email which is what airlines will need for you to fly.
Buy Covid-19 Antigen and PCR tests when you click https://vivoclinic.com/shop/tests/.
What are PCR and Antigen (Lateral Flow Tests)?
The starting point for PCR or Antigen tests is that they both require nasal and throat swabs.
PCR tests search for Covid-19 coronavirus RNA, and where this is detected, a positive result arises. If you need an RT-PCR compatible test, the good news is that Vivo Clinic’s test complies with this requirement.
Antigen tests search for Covid-19 antigens and report a positive result if these are found. The Antigen test is available at a lower cost, is widely recognised and is quick and convenient.
Where is my nearest clinic?
Visit https://book.vivoclinic.com/ to view a list of all UK-wide Vivo clinics.
Do I need to have a Covid-19 test to travel to Italy?
View other content on this page to see the current Covid-19 requirements for Italy. Typically, tests are required because the destination needs evidence of being free of Covid-19 infection at the time of travel. Proof that you are Covid-free is provided by a negative PCR or Antigen test result, which in turn means we can send a fit-to-fly certificate.
Can I book more than one test?
Yes! Book, for up to six people at a time.
What is a fit-to-fly certificate? Do I need one?
Fit-to-fly certificates provide evidence of Covid-19 health status and your “fitness to fly”. With a negative test result (PCR or Antigen), you will receive a fit-to-fly certificate sent by email from our CQC registered lab.
Do you need an instant Fit-to-Fly certificate for your Italian trip? If you do, then try out our premium service. With this premium service, your fit-to-fly certificate is sent instantly via email and SMS. The certificate includes a QR code for speedy validation.
What information will the fit-to-fly certificate contain?
The Fit to Fly travel certificate provided to you will include your full name, date of birth, laboratory and test credentials, passport number, time and date of sample, and time and date of the report. This should be all the airports and US clearance authorities need.
Can I only have an in-clinic test, or do you supply home kits?
The good news is you can test at home too! Buy our sample collection PCR kits and Antigen test kits if you would prefer to test from home. With in-clinic/home tests being directly comparable, either test will give you everything you need for your Italian trip.
Is your laboratory regulated?
Yes, the Vivo Clinic laboratory is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Our certificate number is CRT1-4708702735.
How long do PCR and Antigen tests take?
Start to finish, expect our appointments in-clinic to take no longer than fifteen minutes.
What happens in the clinic appointment? Do I need my passport?
Here is what happens in the clinic appointment:
- Expect the appointment to last for about 15 minutes
- Expect our expert staff to (painlessly) collect nasal and throat swabs
- There will be some admin! A form with both contact and personal information will be completed. This enables us to complete your fit-to-fly certificate
- A valid passport (i.e., still in date) for the named person on the test is needed
- Rely on full support and help from our trained and helpful staff
Can I come to a clinic when I suspect I have Covid-19, or I am self-isolating?
We strongly recommend taking at-home tests if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms. Buy home tests that are perfect for your Italian trip at these links – Antigen and PCR.
Can I find out travel information about other countries?
Yes, Vivo Clinic has a travel advice portal. Visit this to learn about:
- Country-specific information, for pages like this Italy one
- Covid-19 restrictions and travel advice for 200+ countries
- Guidance about local laws, regulations, and entry requirements
- Is the country currently open to foreign visitors (yes or no)
Timeline of the pandemic in Italy
Italy was one of the first countries outside of China to be majorly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. First recorded infections occurred around 17th February 2020 and by 17th March cases had skyrocketed to over 5,000. Cases then started to drop steadily during April and May, during a nationwide quarantine and remained low over Summer until September. Covid-19 cases in the country began to increase rapidly again and by November 2020 there had been well over 900,000 recorded infections.
Popular Airports in Italy
|Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino
|Milan Malpensa Airport
|Orio al Serio International Airport
Italy, of course, is a cornucopia of rich historical landmarks, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Roman Colosseum, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, il Duomo cathedral and the ancient city of Pompei.
The latest news and advice from the Italian government can be found here.
Information from the Italian Ministry of Health.
UK government travel advice to Italy can be found here.
Healthcare in Italy
If you need medical advice or believe you have symptoms of coronavirus you should contact a local doctor or ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale) before visiting a health centre. There is a list of regional numbers for any healthcare or Covid-related issues on the Italian Ministry of Health website.
Emergency services can be reached on the 112 or 118 emergency number, and English-speaking operators are available.