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COVID-19 tests

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PCR Test

WHAT IS IT?

Health authorities recommend PCR tests to diagnose COVID-19.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

  • Swab tests are performed with mandatory booking, except in units located at the airports or drives/walks.
  • Saliva tests are performed without booking on all SYNLAB units, starting at 10:30 a.m., except airport units, drives, walks or partners (clinics/hospitals).

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HOW IS IT DONE?

Using a nose or throat swab or saliva. No need for fasting or special preparation to perform the swab test. To perform the test on saliva, you must rinse your mouth with water, 30 minutes before harvest, to clean any residues. And you cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum during this time.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The results are sent in 24 hours.

DO YOU SEND THE RESULTS IN ENGLISH?

The results are available in 6 languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English, French, and German. They are sent by email and/or to the SYNLAB Access App. Download the app here.

IS IT REIMBURSED?

Yes, 100% reimbursed by the Portuguese health service SNS (if carried out with a prescription from a Health Centre or the SNS24 Line), by the Azores Regional Government (for those travelling from mainland Portugal) and by Madeira (for those travelling between Madeira islands or with departure in Madeira airports). Some insurers also make co-payments, but this depends on the client’s policy. Please ask your insurance company for further information.

IS A MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION COMPULSORY?

A prescription is recommended but not compulsory.

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PCR Express Test

WHAT IS IT?

Health authorities recommend PCR tests to diagnose COVID-19.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes, in the units and at home/work/hotel. It can be done without booking at the national airports and drives/walks that have this option. Discover all units here.

HOW IS IT DONE?

Using a nose or throat swab or saliva. No need for fasting or special preparation to perform the swab test. To perform the test on saliva, you must rinse your mouth with water, 30 minutes before harvest, to clean any residues. And you cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum during this time.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • SYNLAB Units: the results are sent on the same day for tests performed until 12 p.m. The results of tests performed after 12 p.m. are sent until 8 a.m. of the next day.

  • SYNLAB Airports: the results are sent in 6-10h.

DO YOU SEND THE RESULTS IN ENGLISH?

The results are available in 6 languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English, French, and German. They are sent by email and/or to the SYNLAB Access App. Download the app here.

IS IT REIMBURSED?

The PCR test is 100% reimbursed by the Portuguese health service SNS (if carried out with a prescription from a Health Centre or the SNS24 Line), by the Azores Regional Government (for those travelling from mainland Portugal) and by Madeira (for those travelling between Madeira islands or with departure in Madeira airports). Some insurers also make co-payments, but this depends on the client’s policy. Please ask your insurance company for further information.

The “express” urgency fee is not reimbursed.

IS A MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION COMPULSORY?

A prescription is recommended but not compulsory.

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Rapid Antigen Test

WHAT IS IT?

Rapid tests allow rapid diagnosis of active SARS-CoV-2 infection in symptomatic patients. However, they are less sensitive than PCR tests, which means that false-negative results are more likely in asymptomatic persons. False negatives may lead to new infections. Negative results should always be confirmed with a PCR test.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes, at the units and at home. The test can be taken without booking in some airports and drives/walks. Discover all units here.

HOW IS IT DONE?

Using a nose or throat swab. No fasting or special preparation is required. We do not perform rapid tests on saliva.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The results are sent in 1-2 hours.

DO YOU SEND THE RESULTS IN ENGLISH?

The results are available in 6 languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English, French, and German. They are sent by email and/or to the SYNLAB Access App. Download the app here.

IS IT REIMBURSED?

No.

IS A MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION COMPULSORY?

A prescription is recommended but not compulsory.

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Anti-Spike Test (Immunity)

WHAT IS IT?

Anti-Spike antibody test (protein S) allows the detection of antibodies in people who have already taken any of the vaccines on the market. This information is very important as there are tests on the market that only use protein N and are therefore not effective in detecting immunity after taking some vaccines. It can also be performed by people who had not taken the vaccine but want to know if they have antibodies.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

This test can be performed at any SYNLAB unit - except exclusive units performing PCR tests - during clinical analysis hours without booking. During the pandemic, the units' schedules undergo constant changes. We recommend that you contact the unit directly before going there. Discover all units here.

HOW IS IT DONE?

Using a blood sample. No fasting or special preparation is required.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The results are sent in 72 hours. You can collect your results up at the unit, receive them by post (option not available at all units), receive by email, or see here the link to the results consultation page (option not available at all units).

IS IT REIMBURSED?

Not yet.

IS A MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION COMPULSORY?

A prescription is recommended but not compulsory.

CAN THIS TEST BE USED FOR TRAVEL PURPOSES?

No.

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Install the SYNLAB Access App

Book your COVID-19 PCR or antigen test (limited units in the APP) and/or receive all the results in one place. If you want to book to a unit not available in the APP, please contact the unit directly.

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