PCR test is one of the best ways for you to know if you are carrying the Covid-19. It is also a way to limit the virus spread to others. Nowadays, if anyone plans to travel abroad, getting a PCR test would be mandatory. Here are some things you need to know about PCR tests.
What is the purpose of the PCR test?
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, loss of sense of smelling and touching, fatigue, and body ache, you will need to get yourself tested for Covid-19 immediately.
Many countries require a negative PCR valid result for a maximum of 72 hours before a traveler’s departure, while some other countries may give you the test once you arrived at your destination country. In this case, many countries may charge you different prices for the PCR test. Before taking the PCR test, make sure you understand the cost difference for PCR tests between countries.
Here are some of the different PCR test costs in some of the countries in South East Asia.
Indonesia – 900.000 Rupiah
Thailand – 5,900 THB
Vietnam – 734,000 VND
Seychelles – 2,500 SCR
Singapore – 160 to 200 SGD
Malaysia – 198 to 800 RM
Filipina – 4,000 to 13,000 PHP
Myanmar – 200,000 MMK
Tips before traveling or moving abroad during the pandemic
Before you leave your home country, you have to find out about the exact instructions of the country you are going to. The guidelines and restrictions for negative PCR tests are going to be different depending on the destination.
After that, you may schedule an appointment several weeks before your departure. The reason is that so the laboratory can assure you to have a result that is valid up to 72 hours before your departure.
Depending on your country, you may need to go to a medical laboratory, hospital, pharmacy, or a temporary collection point to get tested. Some countries may even meet you at a parking lot to perform the PCR test.
Would I need insurance when I travel?
Absolutely! Even though your PCR test shows a negative result, you still have to be extra careful while traveling. Keep in mind that those who are traveling will have more risk of exposure to the virus.
Additionally, before entering your destination country, travel insurance which includes the coverage of COVID-19 is most likely mandatory.
Make sure to check with your broker, Aexpat, whether your travel insurance policy can cover Covid-19 related trip interruption and cancellation. In this way, you may be able to travel with peace of mind.
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