TEST FOR TRAVEL
In light of the ongoing covid 19 pandemics, the travel industry globally has mandated certain guidelines before taking the next flight. Most airlines require that the travelers carry documentation of negative COVID-19 PCR test results no later than 72 hours prior to departure. Testing requirements vary depending on the country you travel to and from.
We advise that you review your current destination requirements and check in with the corresponding airlines for their requirements. Most countries around the world require the PCR test for travel, whereas some countries just require the COVID-19 Rapid test. It is essential for individuals coming to New York to have obtained the certificate 3 days prior to arriving, France mandated a negative COVID-19 test for people coming from some specific countries whilst, it’s essential to have a PCR certificate if you are going to UAE.
If your result is positive or you are unable to provide evidence of your negative COVID-19 PCR test, you might not be allowed to travel.
RT-PCR (2-3 Days):
At Manhattan Medical Arts, we perform COVID-19 PCR tests, with a turnaround time between 48-72 hrs.
RT-PCR (Same Day):
In case you need the results urgently, we also offer COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, with a turnaround time of 8-14 hours, which means you’ll be able to get the result on the same day of the test.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PCR TEST
IS IT MANDATORY TO GET TESTED BEFORE TRAVELING?
For most countries, it is mandatory to obtain a PCR certificate prior to traveling. Some may just require a COVID-19 rapid test.
WHAT IS PCR/NAAT?
PCR is a diagnostic test that detects the active infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that triggers COVID-19. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing uses a nasal or oral swab to identify the virus itself, suggesting an active infection or a very recent infection. If you have signs of active infection, such as cough and fever, the COVID-19 PCR test can be used to identify the virus.
NAAT tests are molecular tests that determine the genetic material of the virus in a sample that usually comes from a patient’s respiratory system, including nasopharynx and secretions such as sputum or saliva. When the specimen is collected, it is sent to the clinical laboratory. The genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is RNA and, once purified, 4 genes are amplified to determine how much of the virus is present in the patient sample.
WHAT IS A PCR SWAB TEST AND WHO IS IT FOR?
The PCR test for COVID-19 is the most effective and reliable test for COVID-19 diagnosis. Positive testing means that you are likely to have COVID-19. A negative result means that you probably did not have COVID-19 at the time of the test. Get screened if you have signs of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
This procedure at Manhattan Medical Arts utilizes a swab to take a sample from the nose or throat of the patient. The test uses a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) that detects the viral genetic material if it is present. This material can be identified when a person is actively contaminated. In addition, the PCR test can still detect the breakdown of the virus after an acute illness.
The clinic sends the specimen out to a verified laboratory which then processes the test results, and we’ll notify you when the test results come in.
Individuals with signs of COVID-19 should consider getting screened according to local health guidelines.
COVID-19 tests are currently prioritized for the following groups:
- Hospitalized and symptomatic persons (or people about to be hospitalized for treatment)
- Health care staff and members in community living facilities
- First responders and other social care workers;
- People who are exposed to infected people in areas where the risk of COVID-19 is high
- People who need COVID-19 PCR test for travel
WHERE TO GET A PCR COVID TEST FOR TRAVEL?
At Manhattan Medical Arts, our mission is to help you keep the curve flattened and provide convenient, accurate, and prompt testing services. Those looking for PCR COVID testing in New York, NY, can count on us. Our facility is sterilized, and we are taking all the requisite measures to keep our patients safe during the COVID-19 epidemic.
If you have already spent your time in quarantine, Manhattan Medical Arts offers an Antibody Testing facility at the practice.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN STANDARD PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, AND RT-qPCR?
Standard PCR: The Standard Viral Test (PCR) uses a nasal/throat swab to detect the latest infection of COVID-19 in your body. This test might be needed before certain surgeries, returning to the office, discontinuing self-isolation, and even traveling to certain places.
RT-PCR: Real-time RT–PCR is one of the most commonly used laboratory methods for the detection of the COVID-19 virus. Most tests to screen for current SARS-CoV-2 infection depend on RT-PCR tests to identify the RNA virus in a patient’s respiratory tract sample. PCR is a laboratory process used to create a very large number of copies of short sections of DNA from a very small DNA sample so that it can be diagnosed. The reverse transcription process allows the viral RNA to be converted to DNA so that the PCR method could be used.
qPCR: In quantitative PCR, DNA or RNA molecules are tagged using fluorescent probes so that the concentration of amplified products can be tracked and quantified in real-time by measuring the fluorescence frequency.
RT-qPCR: RT-qPCR is a well-established technique for detecting and quantifying RNAs. It has been commonly used for virus identification based on the characteristic RNA of the virus and is the basis of clinical testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
IS THE PCR TEST COVERED BY INSURANCE?
COVID-19 PCR is covered by most major insurance providers. Please call your insurance company before visiting to check if it covers your PCR test.
HOW MUCH DOES THE STANDARD COVID PCR TEST COST?
At Manhattan Medical Arts, the self-pay charge of the COVID PCR test is $250 (turn around time 48-72 hrs). If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19, you are advised to schedule a visit with one of our experienced health care physicians.
Disclaimer: Upon making an appointment, the patient acknowledges that copayment or coinsurance may apply for some tests and insurances. If the insurance deductible is not met, The patient will be charged the full price for the test.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
To ensure health and safety for all, children who have tested positive for COVID during the last 14 days should not be accompanied to the clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, but we suggest that you schedule an appointment online to skip the wait.