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If you are travelling out of South Africa by air, road, rail or sea, many destination countries require travellers to provide the following before leaving the country and arriving at your destination country:
As a SANAS accredited and ISO-certified medical pathology laboratory, Ampath Laboratories performs COVID-19 RT-PCR tests and COVID-19 IgM Antibody tests for Travellers on a self-referral basis.
To meet the COVID-19 test travel time requirements, kindly ensure that the date and time of your specimen collection, testing and reporting of your test results, is within 72 hours of your departure date and time.
Please note that some countries such as China, require that collection be as soon as 48 hours prior to departure, it is recommended to check the requirements of the final destination country.
Please note that destination countries that you are travelling to have their own COVID-19 test regulations and requirements that may differ to those required by South Africa. It is therefore important that you determine what the requirements are for your destination country when you book your trip. As some countries may require that your COVID-19 RT-PCR test be performed within 48 or 72 hours of arriving in their country, this could affect the time period within which you will have to have your COVID-19 RT-PCR test performed prior to your departure.
Please note: If travelling to China, you require both a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and a COVID-19 IgM Antibody test. The collection of your test samples, the testing and reporting of results must be within 48 hours of your departure. Therefore you need to have your sample taken as close as possible to 48 hours prior to your departure.
The IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map provides some information on different countries COVID-19 regulations.
Authorities will interpret a positive PCR test result as indicating a current SARS-CoV-2 infection and you will not be permitted to travel. Many persons with COVID do not have any symptoms, hence it is possible that you may test positive but be completely well. Any person testing positive will need to self-isolate for 10 days and be notified to the local Department of Health authorities.
A negative PCR test result will be interpreted as you not being infected with SARS-CoV-2, and if you are completely well, you should be allowed to travel. Should you have any COVID-like symptoms or have been in recent contact with a person with COVID, it is essential that you inform local travel authorities as you should not travel and you may need a follow up PCR test to confirm or exclude COVID.
For Travellers to China, a negative COVID-19 IgM Antibody test result will be required in addition to a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR result to be permitted to travel.
Ampath wishes you a safe and COVID-19 free journey.