There are 2 different categories of COVID-19 test:
Viral test: detects whether an individual is infected at the time of the test. The most common type of accepted test for travel is PCR.
Antibody test: detects whether an individual has been infected in the past
Travel information if you’re vaccinated:
WHICH TYPE OF COVID-19 TEST IS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE?
To travel, a viral test is needed as it is important to know whether someone is currently carrying the virus. Within the viral category there are then 2 types of test:
- Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT): detect genetic material and are usually more accurate but results can take longer
- Antigen test: detect viral proteins and are generally less sensitive, but results are available more quickly.
- PCR testing for travel to Europe are the most widely accepted given their increased sensitivity and ability to pick up even small amounts of the virus.
For country specifics:
Sweden, Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland
Effective August 2, vaccinated Americans can enter England, Scotland, and Wales without a mandatory quarantine, the British government announced on July 28.
Hawaii has ended its pre-travel testing and quarantine requirement for domestic travelers if they’ve been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 in the United States.
Singapore – PCR test
Japan – Japan’s borders are currently closed to most travelers, including travelers from the U.S.
China – nucleic acid and IgM antibody tests
South Korea – COVID test
COVID-19 test & molecular test
COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
PCR test (including RT-PCR), or LAMP, or Antigen test (they may also be referred to as viral antigen tests).