Test results in 20 minutes
COVID testing requirements vary from country to country. If you are not vaccinated or are travelling with children, you may require a negative PCR or Antigen test to travel.
Our test platforms provide accurate results within 20 minutes, sent to you by SMS and Email.
Please check the Department of Foreign Affairs website (www.dfa.ie) for travel requirements to your specific destination. Remember, you will need a PCR test to get BACK in Ireland on your return and may have quarantine obligations.
Book Your PCR Test in Dublin 15
Although our test results are available in about 20 minutes, please do it at least 24 hours before your flight to account for those unexpected factors - power cuts, storms, car trouble.
Book your Antigen Test in Dublin 15
Please note that Antigen Tests are not as universally accepted for travel as PCR tests. You MUST check your destination requirements before booking. See the DFA Website for more information
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
The PCR test is the same test as used by the HSE for detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). It is called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). Our test platform is the Cobas Liat Real-Time PCR Assay from Roche Diagnostics. Roche Diagnostics also produce the standard large-volume PCR analysers. It is CE-IVD approved (EU) and FDA EUA approved (US). The 20-minute test has been evaluated and found to have 100% agreement with the standard version of the Real-Time PCR test (a larger analyser than can process 90 samples at the same time).
Why does the HSE not use a 20-minute test?
One of our analysers can only process a single sample at a time so it is suitable only for small volume work. The standard PCR analysers can process up to 90 samples concurrently so are better suited to processing large volumes.
Is it suitable for travel worldwide?
The travel requirements into and out of Ireland and other EU countries specify that the COVID test should be a Real-Time PCR test, done within 72 hours of travel. We recommend that you confirm this for your destination country before you make your travel arrangements.
Is it suitable for kids?
How accurate is it the PCR test?
Is the test painful?
How do I get my results?
We will initially send you an SMS to confirm the result and let you know that the PDF version is available via email. Your PDF version will contain:
You date of birth
Your passport number
Test type (Real-Time PCR or Antigen)
Test result (“Not Detected”, “Detected”, “Indeterminate”)
What is the procedure?
Pick your appointment slot and pay online with instant confirmation. You will receive an online registration form by email which must be completed before attending. Our tester takes a nasal swab and processes it in approximately 20 minutes. You will receive your result via SMS and email (PDF). If you are travelling, we advise you print the PDF to bring with you.
How accurate is the Antigen Test?
Our Antigen test platform is the SD Biosensor Lateral Flow Assay from Roche Diagnostics. It is on the list of officially-accepted antigen tests from the European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/default/files/preparedness_response/docs/covid-19_rat_common-list_en.pdf
I need an urgent test. Help!
Call our office on +35319104024. Our nurses are usualy busy with COVID-19 testing or Occupational Health activities but we will try our best to fit you in with a 20-minute test.
What about the Digital Green/COVID Certificate?
No one knows exactly how this will will work here and it will likely only be known shortly before the release date. We also do not know if/when Antigen test result can be added to the DCC.