Covid-19 Rapid Testing
COVID-19 Rapid Test
The Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service is located at Gibraltar Airport.
This service is for:
- Airline passengers arriving and departing within 72 hours of their flight
(preferably a minimum of 24 hours prior to departure)
- Any NON-RESIDENT of Gibraltar (Note: airline travel is not a requirement for organising a rapid test)
About the Rapid Test:
- You must register and pay for your test before visiting the test service unit. Register at: www.covidrapidtest.gi
- A nasal swab will be taken at the Testing Service Unit
- You will be informed of the test result via SMS and email within 30 to 60 minutes and sent an online Certificate.
- The price per test is £50. Payment MUST be made online.
Evidence shows that between one in four and one in three people who have coronavirus never show any symptoms, but that does not mean they are not infectious.
COVID-19 lateral flow tests, also known as COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests, provide a quick method for testing SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19); usually delivering a result in around 30 minutes.
The testing kits are small, can be administered with minimal training and can help identify people who have high levels of virus but do not have symptoms (and perhaps would not otherwise come forward for a test).
How does the test work?
The COVID-19 lateral flow test analyses material collected from the back of someone’s nose and throat. The swab is then inserted into a tube of liquid, after which a sample of this liquid is deposited on a small absorbent pad contained within the disposable testing kit. If viral proteins are present in the liquid sample it will show up as a coloured line on the pad, much like a positive pregnancy test, indicating the presence of specific proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Lateral Flow tests can detect infection in large numbers of individuals in a rapid and timely manner but are not guaranteed to stop the spread of the virus.
Lateral flow testing is useful for use outside of healthcare facilities and for mass population screening programmes. However, these tests are not as accurate as those done in a laboratory; meaning that care needs to be taken in the interpretation and communication of results. It will be necessary for any individuals receiving positive results to have further testing completed, as advised by the Public Health team.
It is impossible to eliminate risk entirely, however, if used in combination with other vital infection prevention control measures (such as wearing appropriate PPE, washing hands regularly and social distancing) the lateral flow tests become an added tool to help eliminate further spread of infection.
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