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Matt225
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Covid-19 PCR test for travel
Looking at possible traveling to Europe, they require a negative test within 72 hours prior to boarding/arriving.

Any where in Baton Rouge area to get this done?


TheNolaClap
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
I know CVS up here does them pretty easily.


TheFlyingDrogbas
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
I got one about 2 weeks ago from Lake After Hours on Perkins near Siegen. You'll have to do a virtual appointment first. but I went from calling them at 2pm on a Friday to having results by 6 pm. I was directly exposed to someone so I'm not sure if they would give you the test if you told them it's for travel. I would just tell them you had direct exposure and you are planning to travel so you need to know very quickly.


TheNolaClap
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
You sure that was PCR? PCR takes 2-3 days for lab analysis usually.


Tigris
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
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PCR takes 2-3 days for lab analysis usually.


Yeah, 4 hour results is almost certainly an antigen test which is useless for travel.

In 2 weeks I head for Kenya and need a 96 hour result - ie 3 days before boarding. I may have gone a little overboard but there is a lot on the line. I've got 3 home test kits coming - Picture, Pixel, and Vault. And I'll do a couple of tests locally, probably CVS in 2 different cities - they seem to have their act together for getting the results in 2-3 days.

Friends of mine went up to Alaska a few weeks ago and never got their PCR test result. So they had to take one in Fairbanks and lost around 5 days.

This is a pretty good article on the current state of test at home kits:

Test at home kits


TheNolaClap
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
I know they do have a couple rapid PCR tests out there but they are rare. Might have gotten one though.


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lsunurse
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
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I know they do have a couple rapid PCR tests out there but they are rare


Pretty common now at many hospitals. Hospital I work for has one in our in house lab that gives results in 45 minutes.


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GOP_Tiger
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
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I know they do have a couple rapid PCR tests out there but they are rare


Pretty sure that every Lake After Hours clinic has them.


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SloaneRanger
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
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I know they do have a couple rapid PCR tests out there but they are rare. Might have gotten one though.




Doc in the box places in Birmingham are advertising for them. PCR with rapid results.


TigerMan327
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
Those rapid tests at hospitals won’t work for international travel. Can’t just do a nose swab. Needs to be sent to a lab and you have to have a certificate that says you took a RT-PCR test to board your flight.

Best I’ve seen is like 8-24hrs but usually have to pay


baldona
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
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Those rapid tests at hospitals won’t work for international travel. Can’t just do a nose swab. Needs to be sent to a lab and you have to have a certificate that says you took a RT-PCR test to board your flight.

Best I’ve seen is like 8-24hrs but usually have to pay


How positive are you about this because it doesn't sound right? I'm not sure the people at the airport are capable of telling the difference?

PCR tests usually take 48-96 hours to get back right? Doesn't seem reasonable for someone to plan this with that short of a window to not make the timeline.


TigerMan327
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re: Covid-19 PCR test for travel
Each country has its own guidelines but most want an actual RT-PCR test that is read in a lab.

There are ways to get results back within 24hrs in certain cases. Usually gota drop some money though.


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