The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has required all persons entering the U.S. by air from abroad to present proof of testing for new coronaviruses since January 26,in order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.
The UK government is requiring all passengers arriving in England after 4 a.m. on Monday, January 18, to present a negative certificate for novel coronavirus infection (Covid-19).
Starting January 7, 2021, all those over the age of five entering Canada by air will need to have negative proof of a new coronavirus test. The new coronavirus test must be obtained within 72 hours prior to boarding an aircraft to Canada and proof of negative test result must be presented to the airline.
From Friday, January 22, a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure will be required for travel to Australia.
From 23:59 on Monday, January 25, all travelers from most countries, to NZ will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure.
From Monday, January 18, anyone entering France from outside the EU will be required to undergo a test within 72 hours of departure and present negative proof before boarding an aircraft or vessel.
◆In Colombia, a large number of PCR tests are being conducted throughout the country to control the spread of COVID-19.Under these circumstances, it has become a chronic situation that it takes two to three days to obtain test results at almost all laboratories.In light of the situation in Colombia, it is necessary to secure a negative test result within 72 hours prior to departure, which is required by each country's government, before boarding the plane.
◆Securing laboratoriesThere are still many requests for PCR testing at laboratories, and it takes time to make an appointment.For home specimen collection, it usually takes two to three days from the time of the appointment.
◆How to take the test in ColombiaIn Colombia, however, there are few laboratories that conduct tests using these methods, and most of them use nasopharyngeal swabs for the nucleic acid amplification test (Real-Time PCR).
◆About the negative certificate formatThere is no specified format for the negative certificate required by each country's government, and medical institutions and laboratories in Colombia vary in their response to the issue of negative certificates, resulting in many situations where certificates are not issued. In addition, there are many local doctors who do not speak English, so it is necessary to negotiate in Spanish each time.
At our clinic, we handle everything from making appointments with our partner laboratories to issuing test certificates according to the requirements and forms of each country's government.