FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between an antigen test and a PCR Test and how long do each take to get the results?
The CDC has detailed information on how each test works. You can find that info here. To put it in very simple terms:
Antigen Test: Typically done with a swab inside 1 or both nostrils. Results typically take <20 minutes
- PCR Test: Typically done with a swab inside 1 or both nostrils. Results can take >24 hours, but results are more accurate than an antigen test. This is currently the gold-standard in testing.Some countries require a PCR test upon entries while others accept either test. The USA for example only requires an antigen test 72 hours before your flight arrival.