SARS-CoV-2 testing is now an essential component of planning international travel
With guidelines varying from airline to airline, it may be important to plan ahead for your testing needs.
To expedite SARS-CoV-2 results for international travel, Integrity Laboratories requests that specimens requiring detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 disease, using RT-PCR analysis be delivered to the laboratory (Monday-Saturday) by 10am for same-day result.
Additionally, if specific information is required on the specimen report (for example, the individual’s passport ID) Integrity Laboratories requests that this information accompanies the testing requisition with a note detailing what information must be added to the report.
- Almost all international travel destinations require a PCR test to be performed no more than 72 hours before arrival (72 hours starts from the time of sample collection). This testing is required regardless of vaccination status. Many labs are closed on Sundays and this should be taken into consideration when scheduling travel and testing.
- Another PCR test must be performed no more than 72 hours before arriving back in the United States.
- Often, passport numbers are required on the sample report, so travelers should bring their passports to the place they are being tested.
- Travel COVID-19 testing is NOT covered by health insurance.
- Most of the time a paper copy of the test is required, so travelers should plan to obtain a hard copy of their report before traveling.
- Additional information can usually be found on the U.S. Embassy website for each country.
Saliva, an improved way to test for COVID-19
Due to a new surge of positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there is a need for an alternative way to test for COVID-19. The most common specimen types used for the diagnosis of COVID-19 are nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs. But now Integrity Laboratories offers saliva collection, as an alternative specimen for testing of COVID-19. Our method is non-invasive, self-collecting, non-aerosol generating, reduces the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and is more inexpensive.
Integrity Laboratories developed Proliva DxTM and has validated it for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus using saliva specimens by RT-PCR assay. Saliva specimen is highly sensitive and specific for the detection of the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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