Coronavirus (COVID) PCR Testing – Frequently asked questions

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What kind of coronavirus test is this?

This is a PCR test from a throat and nose swab. So no needles involved! 

Also, please bear in mind that it only tells you if you have the infection at the time of the swab.

Is this a suitable coronavirus (COVID) PCR test for travel?

Absolutely. We have helped many travellers reach their destinations.

How quickly can I get the result?

We have two options

>72-120hrs ( 3 to 5 days) turnaround

This option costs £135 and the results and certification are electronically delivered, most of the time, within 96 hrs.  However, a very small proportion may take longer than 96 hours (more than 4 days) This option is suitable if you are travelling to countries requesting validity of tests 5 or more days from departure. Take a look at our country specific entry requirements page.

<72hrs turnaround

If you need a faster turnaround, we now offer a fast track COVID PCR testing service and can email an electronically certified result in 24-36 hrs. This fast track service costs £210. PCR molecular testing can be complex and  whilst no-one can completely guarantee such a fast turnaround all of our fast results so far have been certified within 24-36 hours. 

This service is suitable if you need to travel within 24-72 hours of the test. Search the country entry requirement page for more information.

What are the coronavirus PCR  travel and entry requirements for my country destination?

You will find the COVID PCR test travel requirements and timescales for popular countries here

Please note that whilst every care has been taken to compile this information,  it is your responsibility to verify all requirements and timescales with the consular sections of the respective countries.

How will I receive the results certificate?

 You will receive an electronic laboratory report certified by a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases. This will be sent to you by secure email for you to print off before travel if necessary.

Where can I get the test done?

We can swab you in our clinic in Coventry, West Midlands. We are very easy to get to from all parts of the country and only one hour from London by train. We are then a short 10 minute work from Coventry train station . We also offer free off-road parking if you prefer to drive. This in-clinic service is provided at no additional cost to you.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can do the swab in the comfort of your own home. Once you have purchased the kit, we will send out a kit to your address. 

How much does the test cost?

A lot less than other providers.

We feel that this test should be accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. That’s why we have managed to reduce the cost significantly through operational efficiencies to £135. For the fast track service we charge £210. The fast track costs more because we use a different lab provider and a courier service.

Will it tell me if I have had the infection before?

No. And this is important to be aware of. See above

How do I do the coronavirus test?

Most of the time, we will do the throat and nose swab in our clinic in Coventry. You may also wish to take the swab for yourself. This is very easy and full instructions are given, find out more

You can also watch the video

What if I want someone else to do the test for me?

We can do it for you! Coventry is centrally located in the country and we are very easy to get to from everywhere in the UK. You can also self test if you wish. If this is not possible then only someone already exposed and living with you should perform the test. This is usually a household contact.

Alternatively you can attend our clinic and we can perform the test.

How accurate is the test?

The Travel Klinix Coronavirus PCR test has been tested by Public Health England and approved by a UKAS accredited laboratory. The tests are also interpreted by a Consultant in Infectious Diseases, so you know you under the care of an expert.

Whilst the test is accurate, it may occasionally be negative in a coronavirus infection, particularly in the first few days of infection. So if you continue to experience symptoms despite a negative test, you should still seek medical advice.