Covid-19
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Receive a Covid-19 test at one of our testing centers in Seychelles?

Book a Covid-19 test on our website

Did you know you can book a Covid-19 test online? Stop searching for ‘RT PCR near me’ and visit our website to book an appointment instantly. You don’t have to wait in long lines to book online. Schedule your test right away on this website. Save up to 15% and get the best prices for the test when you book an appointment online. Get the best service from the most reliable testing centers in Seychelles.

Walk-in Bookings - RT PCR near me

Are you wondering, ‘Where can I get an instant PCR test near me?’ or ‘Is there an RT PCR near me?’

We are the solution to your concerns. Seychelles Medical Services have numerous certified testing centers in Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue Island in Seychelles. You can choose to visit any testing center near you to book a Covid-19 test. No need to make an appointment before arriving at the center.

Government Travel Authorization website

Traveling abroad has become a highly scrutinized process in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Countries have made specific requirements mandatory upon travelers, which they must abide by in order to travel abroad. 

We provide you with a clearance certificate of Covid-19 for international travel. You will receive an email with a button to register to take your test!

It will allow you to visit any country if your Covid-19 test result comes out negative. 

Were you searching online for 'RT PCR test lab near me’ or ‘PCR for travel near me?

Seychelles Medical Services has numerous Covid-19 testing locations in Seychelles. Book an appointment in any of the centers near you. You can do it online or get a walk-in booking according to your convenience. 

We have four testing centers in Mahe Island. The Four testing centers are located all over the Island. Find us on Eden Island in the Marina, Seychelles International Airport above the check in counters, Berjaya Hotel in Beau Vallon and in the city centre in Victoria. You can have your test in a private lounge in any of these locations.

There are two testing centers in Praslin Island, Seychelles. 

Les Lauriers Hotel Cote D’or and Diamond Plaza Testing Center Grand Anse.

You can have your test in a private lounge in La Digue Island Lodge.

RT PCR For Travel. How does it work?

Countries you are traveling to will ask for a negative COVID-19 test before they let you enter. In order to gain the ‘Fit To Travel’ certificate, you must visit a public or a private hospital to take the Covid-19 test. You can book an appointment online at the Seychelles Medical Services website or do a walk-in test. 

First, you must research which tests are acceptable by the country you are planning to visit. Get a clear idea of the time it will require for you to receive the result of the Covid-19 test. If you visit our testing center, we can provide your different offers for testing based on which you can get quick test results.

The next step is to find the nearest testing center. If you are searching online for ‘RT PCR rapid test near me’ or ‘RT PCR near me’, then we have got just the information for you. Visit our website and check out the nearest Seychelles Medical laboratory to you. Get all the documents with you while visiting the laboratory and get an RT PCR test done.

Safety measures to follow while traveling by air.

Apart from taking a Covid-19 test and receiving a ‘Fit To Fly’ certificate to travel, you must also follow the safety measures mentioned below to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Practice social distancing while traveling by air. While taking a flight, you will be spending time in security lines, airport terminals, and crowded flights. Such situations can bring you in close contact with people, and it’s better to practice social distance to stop the spread of the virus. 

Many airports have installed scanners for inspecting boarding passes as a measure to minimize the transfer of viruses through high-traffic areas. 

Carry a hand sanitizer to use 20 seconds before and after the screening process.

Avoid unnecessary movement during flight. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose after you touch any high traffic surfaces.

Use contactless payment methods while traveling as it highly decreases the chances of spreading the virus.

Traveling increases your chances of spreading and contracting the Covid-19 virus, and it’s essential for you to follow all the safety measures to keep yourself safe. 

If you feel any of the symptoms of Covid, you can book an appointment through our website before traveling and get yourself tested. 

Conclusion

Seychelles Medical Services is the answer to your question, ‘Is there RT PCR near me?’. It provides you with the most reliable and accurate Covid-19 tests. We have internationally accredited laboratories with the latest equipment. Collection of your swab sample is our responsibility. The team will take the sample with them in order to carry out the test at our laboratory. Get hassle-free service and quick results at Seychelles Medical.

Frequently asked questions

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 should book a Covid test before the symptoms increase and pose a danger to their health. If you have gone to a social gathering then book a Covid test for yourself. It is highly possible that one can contract Covid-19 from being in close contact with a large number of people.

 Isolate yourself from your family and follow all safety measures when visiting the testing center to avoid spreading the infection to others.

If you did not vaccinate yourself and maintain close contact with a Covid-19 positive patient, you should book an appointment for Covid testing. Coming in contact with a Covid-19 patient puts you at a higher risk for Covid-19.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you must get tested immediately. RT PCR test detects the virus and gives you a definite result so that you can initiate your treatment based on whether you are positive or negative for Covid-19. Don’t wait till the symptoms of Covid-19 increase, as it is easier for the treatment to work when you are in the initial stages of contracting Covid.

Book a Covid-19 test appointment as soon as possible if you have any of the following symptoms of Covid-19. 

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

New loss of taste or smell

Fever or chills

Cough

Sore throat

Muscle or body aches

Fatigue

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

Headache

A PCR test is done to detect a particular organism on the basis of its genetic material. It is highly popular among public and private hospitals to detect the Covid-19 virus in the body. 

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, countries have established travel restrictions on people who wish to visit their country. These restrictions allow the countries to curb the spread of the virus and speed up the process of going back to a normal lifestyle. One such requirement of countries for travelers is to possess a negative Covid-19 test while traveling. People will only be able to enter a country if they have the ‘Fit to Fly; certificate.

Several countries accept an RT PCR test as its the golden standard for detecting the Covid-19 virus. Make sure to research what type of Covid-19 test the country accepts before making the trip. Since travel restrictions differ based on different countries, it is necessary to take the test acceptable by the country you are visiting.

The process of performing the Covid-19 test is done in a few stages like collecting samples, screening, preparing the report, and transporting the positive samples.

Private facilities like Seychelles Medical Services also collect samples from your hotels and homes. This practice is to minimize the contact with other people at the testing center.

Officials from the testing centers will visit your home or hotel to collect a swab sample from the suspected Covid-19 patients. Once healthcare workers collect the sample, it is taken back to the laboratory for testing and screening. The patient will get their result in 24hrs from the swab collection.

RT PCR Test Service

With International Travel Certification Document

  • Our Express Service - Results within 24 hrs *
    * Get the RT PCR test results in 24hrs for tests taken anywhere in Seychelles. This service is available at all hotels, guest houses, Villas or Private visits in Seychelles.
    €145 Or SR 2200

  • Our Express Plus - Results by 6am Next day* BEST VALUE
    * This is our best value PCR Test offer. You will get the test result by 6am the following day. This service is available at all hotels, guest houses, Villas or Private visits in Seychelles.
    €180 Or SR 2700
  • Our Fast Track VIP Elite Service - Results by Midnight Same Day * Special Benefits
    * Get the RT PCR test results by midnight same day. This package also gives you the following special benefits: You get a free upgrade for another PCR test if you need a retest after getting your result. This service is available at all hotels, guest houses, Villas or Private visits in Seychelles.
    €265 Or SR 4000
  • Our Children 5 - 12 Years - (Subsidized Price) Results within 24 hrs *
    * This service is available at all our clinics and at all hotels, guest houses,Villas or Private visits in Seychelles provided parents are also taking the test.
    €65 Or SR 950
  • Our Children 0 - 4 Years - (Subsidized Price) Results within 24 hrs *
    * This service is available at all our clinics and at all hotels, guest houses,Villas or Private visits in Seychelles provided parents are also taking the test.
    FREE
    *Parents must be tested at same time.

Why go for an antigen test for travel?

Recently, the FDA sanctioned the first antigen test to diagnose infection with SARS-CoV-2. It is the virus that results in Covid-19. 

If you or your family ever had a rapid strep test, you would probably be aware of an antigen test for travel. Unlike other diagnostic tests for Covid-19 called PCR tests, the antigen test examines molecules on the virus’s surface. 

On the one hand, different types of PCR tests are expensive and need specialized equipment, and take hours/days to deliver results. In contrast, antigen tests can give results in 15 minutes at a lab or doctor’s office.

A few public officials expect to use the Covid-19 antigen test for widespread screening along with the screening of asymptomatic. Thanks to its speed and relatively low cost of Antigen test.

What does the RT PCR test mean?

RT PCR test involves a highly sensitive technique that can give an accurate diagnosis in some hours. If you compare it to other virus detection tests, RT PCR is relatively faster at delivering reliable results with minimum possibility of errors or contamination of samples. 

As of now, the RT PCR test is the most accurate way to detect for Covid-19 virus in your body. Getting the RT PCR means you don’t need to worry much as it has one more step added in its reverse transcription method than the regular PCR test

Health professionals detect RNA in the transcribed DNA for amplification since the Covid-19 virus consists of RNA. RT PCR effectively detects the virus. Not to mention, RT PCR price is affordable and available in many hospitals and private labs. You can search for a PCR test lab near me and contact us. 

How accurate is a rapid Antigen test?

As per a review conducted by Cochrane, the antigen tests correctly identify COVID-19 infection in an average of 72% of patients with symptoms than to 58% without symptoms. 

Rapid Antigen tests were most accurate if taken in the first week after one has the symptoms. In this case, an average of 78% confirmed cases showed positive antigen tests results. The reason is that people have the most percentage of the virus in their system in the initial days. Rapid antigen tests have correctly found 99.5% of people with symptoms and 98.9% without symptoms.

Some antigen tests can be accurate enough to replace RT-PCR if taken on people with symptoms. However, it’s beneficial only when one has to get quick results or if RT-PCR is unavailable. Antigen tests may help figure out outbreaks or identify people with symptoms for further testing with PCR tests. Not to mention, in people without symptoms, we want more evidence on rapid Antigen tests.

Why rapid Antigen test?

Rapid antigen test for travel determines if a person has been infected with the Covid-19 pathogen or not. The antigen exists in a person’s body if they have the virus, and it disappears after the treatment. 

One can get rapid Antigen test results more quickly than the RT PCR test. The best part is, the rapid antigen test is portable and can be done at the patient’s place. Some health professionals may recommend you to take a rapid RT PCR test if you have a negative antigen test result.

You can contact us, our team is present at the Seychelles airport for the sample collection. 

Explaining the difference between RT PCR PCR and antigen test

RT PCR Test

The RT PCR or Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction test is currently the most recommended one to identify the infection in people with influenza-like symptoms. This lab test contains a specificity rate that can identify people without disease by almost 100%. It can identify people with COVID-19 by 67%. If the lab technician does not correctly collect the sample, the result can falsely show negative.

The RT PCR test employs Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panels to discover viral RNA existence in your body. Then the swab samples are analyzed for reagents to find out the existence of the virus. This test can detect the virus even if a person doesn’t show any symptoms, thus preventing further infection.

Positive individuals should follow all COVID-19 protocols such as self-isolation, consuming medications, consuming healthy foods, etc.

Rapid Antigen Test 

 The rapid Antigen test for travel can detect symptomatic patients. It collects samples from your nose or throat with a swab. You may get the results within 15 or 30 minutes, but there are chances the antigen test result may not be accurate. This test may not scan the vital proteins of Coronavirus at the initial stages.

After taking a rapid antigen test, if you turn negative, healthcare professionals may ask you to wait for some days before confirming the presence of infection. If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, you better take an RT PCR test for accurate results.

Some doctors recommend taking the rapid antigen test with RT-PCR to rule out the possibility of infection entirely.

Who should get a PCR test at hotel, boat, or villa?

If you are planning to travel abroad from Seychelles, then you must get tested for Covid-19. Most of the countries will only allow entry for travelers if they produce a ‘Fit to Fly certificate. In order to gain that certificate, you must get an RT PCR test done, and its result should be negative.

Apart from people traveling abroad, those who have symptoms of Covid should also get tested. In such a case, we advise you to stay indoors and quarantine yourself. Schedule an appointment or a private visit service online at Seychelles Medical. Our team will arrive at your hotel, home, boat, or villa to take your swab sample and carry out the test. You will get the results in 24 hours. If you need the results earlier than 2hrs, then refer to our different express services.

People who have had close contact with a Covid-19 patient should also get an RT PCR T-test. The symptoms of Covid don’t appear the first few days after contact with a Covid positive patient. To be safe, you must get a Covid test soon after your contact with them. 

If you have attended any large social gatherings or visited a crowded area, then get a Covid test done. As the virus can quickly spread in a crowded location, you will be more prone to contracting the virus.

PCR tests compared to other diagnostic methods

The PCR test creates numerous copies of DNA from a single strand. The goal of creating multiple copies is that it can be used for multiple testing. Multiple tests such as infection identification or sequencing can guarantee the result of the test.

If we compare it to other testing methods, then it comes out as the winner because it provides accurate results in less time. Other testing methods may be less accurate and require more time to produce results as compared to PCR travel tests. That is why the PCR test is considered the gold standard and is used commonly amongst hospitals and private labs to detect the Covid-19 virus.

If you are departing from Seychelles, then you must need a ‘Fit to Fly certificate. We at Seychelles Medical can provide you with this certificate if your Covid test comes out negative. Our team will visit your hotel to take your swab sample and send it to the lab for testing. We aim to produce the test results as soon as possible and deliver them to you. Highly trained medical professionals are working tirelessly at Seychelles Medicals to provide instant and precise test results.

The PCR travel test is considered to be the Gold Standard in diagnostic testing.

The PCR technology is the benchmark among the various diagnostic testing methods. It is used in detecting the Covid virus, and it provides highly accurate results. In theory, it can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a single copy obtained from the sample.

The chance of a false-positive result is extremely low in the case of the PCR test. It is a highly sensitive test that can produce correct results even with a low concentration of the target. Getting a PCR test for travel is ideal as multiple targets in test design produce more confidence in the case of a correct diagnosis.

Safety measure to follow in public if you develop symptoms

If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, you should follow safety measures until you undergo a PCR test and treat the symptoms according to the test results.

Self-isolation is a must to stop spreading the virus to other people. Limit yourself to unnecessary contact if you have trouble breathing.
Practice social distance by staying in a specific room and avoid going outside. Make sure you don’t come in contact with animals as well.

Wear a facemask when you are around other people while visiting the medical center. Cover your cough and sneezes with tissues and dispose of them in a lined trash can.

Clean your hands more often with an alcohol-based sanitizer or with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you are outside and if you did not wash your hands. Use soap and water, preferably to wash your hands.

All high-traffic surfaces around you in your home should be cleaner with spray sanitizer frequently. High-traffic surfaces such as toilets, phones, tablets, tables, tabletops, doorknobs, and counters can spread the virus as it comes in contact with many people frequently.

Avoid sharing personal household items with your family members, and make sure to clean them as soon as you use them.

When should you get a Covid-19 test?

It is necessary to get a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate before traveling abroad by air. Major countries of the world will not permit you to enter without a negative Covid-19 result.
RT PCR test is advisable if symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing last for more than the usual period of common cold and fever. Some of the other health issues which are a common symptom of Covid-19 are sore throat, fatigue, mucous formation, running nose, muscle pain, loss of taste or loss of smell. If you experience these symptoms and fever and cough, you should isolate yourself and get an RT PCR test as soon as possible.

You must also get a PCR test after exposure to a Covid-19 positive patient. Once you get the test, you will be able to follow medication according to the PCR swab test result.

Benefits of RT PCR test

RT PCR test is the most effective testing method that hospitals and laboratories used frequently to detect the Covid-19 virus. It has the edge over other forms of Covid-19 testing because of its various advantages.

  • It is a highly efficient procedure with great precision with increased sensitivity and specificity.
  • The medical staff has experience with the robust technique of the RT PCR test.
  • We process a considerable number of samples together.
  • The chances of getting a false positive or a false negative result are minimum through an RT PCR test.
  • It has become the gold standard for detecting Covid-19 viruses. 
  • The process of collecting a swab sample for the test is minimally invasive.

Book online to save up to 15% - PCR travel test

The scenario of international travel has completely changed since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Countries have imposed strict safety for arrival and departures. Getting a PCR test for travel purposes is a mandatory requirement for traveling by air.

Get a PCR test for traveling abroad from our laboratory in Seychelles as you need a negative PCR test result to enter any country. We issue acceptable results by Seychelles authorities for PCR testing and ANTIGEN testing. With our results, you can get a “Fit to travel” certificate that will be accepted everywhere.
Everyone traveling from Seychelles, including infants and children, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory such as ours, regardless of vaccination status. We collect samples of the PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and departure.

Don’t worry about visiting our laboratory for testing, as we will visit the hotels you are staying in to collect the required sample.

Private PCR test process & ANTIGEN test

We provide the PCR test as well as the ANTIGEN test at our fully licensed laboratory in Seychelles. In case of an RT PCR home test, our officials will come to your home to perform the test. We maintain the highest standards for collecting, storing and testing samples to ensure the accuracy of every test we perform in our lab.

We take the sample of your nasal or throat swab back to our laboratory. In the laboratory, we check for coronavirus RNA present in the swab; if it is present, then we convert into DNA. We produce many copies of the viral DNA so that we can use it to produce a measurable result.
An RT PCR test is the most accurate test, which helps deliver accurate results. The accuracy of the test also depends on factors such as the collection and maintenance of the sample and during which stage of illness did we perform the test.

We follow the best practices of collecting and storing the sample at our laboratory to deliver accurate and quick PCR test results. The ANTIGEN test service is also available in our laboratory at Seychelles Medical.

Get the result of your PCR test in 24 hours.

Covid-19 infection rate is on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic. Countries all over the world follow safety measures to control the spread of the virus. The importance of testing and isolating has been acknowledged by all governments worldwide.

A PCR test is the ideal test to detect the Covid-19 virus. At Seychelles Medical, we provide the service of RT PCR (reverse-transcription PCR) testing. This is the most reliable test, as it has the ability to detect even a single virus particle from the swabs taken from the nose or mouth.

We have a fully licensed laboratory with international accreditations for Covid-19 testing in Seychelles. The RT PCR test result will be available in 24 hours after collecting the swab sample from your nose or mouth.