The instantly growing COVID-19 problem and travel constraints across the world have disoriented many. You might have found it difficult to get all the latest information. To assist you streamline and demystify your trip, here is a handy guide and assistance that can help you tremendously. If you are planning to travel out of Singapore, doing a home pre-departure swab test for COVID-19 before your flight might be a major prerequisite for a hassle free arrival at your desired destination.
Read on and you will know more about this and other critical information associated with your parting from Singapore.
Which test for covid 19 should I get?
There are numerous kinds of COVID-19 investigations, each one with a unique technique, purpose, and level of accurateness. COVID-19 tests that are recognized by various governments across the globe include:
Real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
Transcription mediated amplification (TMA)
In Singapore, there are three types of tests readily available in clinics and approved testing centres. The COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and Antigen Rapid Test (ART) are diagnostic tests that are commonly accepted by countries that require a negative COVID-19 test result before your travel.
When Will You Get Your Swab Test Result?
A PCR test result will be available within 48 hours of your swab test, while an ART test result will be available in about 30 minutes. You will be notified of your results by SMS notification and receive your travel memo or a digital PDT certificate (compliant with the HealthCerts schema and standards) through email. You are required to digitally authenticate and endorse the PDT certificate before travel and a QR code to access the endorsed certificate will be emailed to you within 15 minutes after submission. This QR code will also be available on your SingPass mobile app.