COVID-19 Test FAQs

  • Which Covid-19 test should I choose?

    • A Covid-19 PCR swab test tells you whether you are currently infected coronavirus. The results can be used for the purposes of supporting your travel and entry to another country
    • A Covid-19 Antibody test tells you if you have previously been infected with the virus. The test detects antibodies that are produced by the body’s immune system in response to a Covid-19 infection. It can take up to 14 days after becoming infected for antibodies to be detected.

  • I have a positive Covid-19 PCR swab test result. What should I do now?

    A positive PCR test result means you had coronavirus when the test was done.
    If your test is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and you are not able to travel.

    • A Covid-19 PCR swab test tells you whether you are currently infected coronavirus. The results can be used for the purposes of supporting your travel and entry to another country
    • If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.
    Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.
    For information regarding isolation please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • I have a negative Covid-19 antibody test result. What does that mean?

    A negative test result means that antibodies were not detected in your blood and that you most likely have not had COVID-19. However, it could also mean that you had COVID-19 but:

    • There has not been enough time for antibodies to develop, or
    • Your body did not produce enough antibodies for the test to be able to detect them
    • It has been a significant time since you were infected, and your antibodies are no longer at a level that is detectable

  • What does a positive antibody test result mean?

    A positive test result means that antibodies were detected in your blood and that you likely had COVID19 at some point in the past. However, it is also possible you did not have COVID-19 and the antibodies detected were from an infection with a related virus. This is sometimes called a false positive.

  • If I test positive in an antibody test, does that mean I am immune to COVID-19?

    We do not yet know whether antibodies developed in response to COVID-19 protect us from getting it again or, if there is some protection, how long it lasts. It is important that you continue to follow physical distancing, practice good hand hygiene and wear a face covering.

  • Are the relevant tests CE certified?

    Yes. All medical devices sold in EU have to have CE Mark.
    CE marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). [1] The CE mark is recognised by the medicines and healthcare product regulatory council (MHRA)

  • Will your healthcare staff doing the tests be fully protected with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

    Our medical team have decided on a very high level of PPE for all our testing staff. Please do not be scared or frightened by the fact that they have masks/goggles/visors/aprons and gloves.