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Covid-19 Tests: What to expect at ports of entry

Black and Asian ethnicities are up to twice as likely to be infected with Covid-19 compared to white individuals.

Black and Asian ethnicities are up to twice as likely to be infected with Covid-19 compared to white individuals.

Published Nov 4, 2020

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While airports are leaning towards a global testing guideline to waive strict quarantine requirements that are impacting travel, South Africa has implemented a ‘red list’ and requires a negative PCR test conducted at least 72 hours before departure.

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To ensure the safety of all passengers and staff, travelers who show symptoms at arrival will be required to conduct a rapid test at the ports of entry.

Prof Anne von Gottberg, clinical microbiologist at the NICD, explains that the test results can be ready within 30 minutes.

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“This antigen rapid test is similar to that of a pregnancy test which can be done by medical staff at ports of entry,” said Von Gottberg.

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“The idea is that the specimen does not have to get to a laboratory, but rather the test be done at the port of entry,” she said.

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