When planning a trip to other countries during the coronavirus pandemic, the WHO recommends that travellers obtain a negative COVID-19 test before travelling. Whether you travel by land or air, it is important to be fully vaccinated to avoid the risk of getting the virus while travelling. The WHO advises that you get a COVID-19 test prior to leaving the country and another one in 48 hours after arriving. Since the most accurate results can be obtained with the help of the PCR test, most of the countries including Scotland require all arrivals to be subjected to PCR testing. The day 2 PCR test in Edinburgh offers the most reliable results for all the passengers arriving in Scotland. A PCR is a genetic code detection test that looks for genetic material from a virus. If you are infected, the test will detect the presence of the virus by using the PCR technology which is reliant on the quality of the sample taken. Even thought the PCR swab test is 100% sensitive, the accuracy is heavily linked to the swab itself and how it was obtained.

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When To Get Tested?

Although screening is effective throughout the infection period, you should get a day 2 PCR test Edinburgh within the first 2 days after arriving in Scotland.

You can also get a free NHS Covid test if you experience any of the following signs and you are advised to get tested for  COVID-19:
Fever or chills.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Muscle or body aches.
New loss of taste or smell.
Sore throat.
Congestion or runny nose.
Nausea or vomiting.
COVID-19 infection may not affect everyone, as some people may have a stronger immune system. Therefore, not everyone who is ill exhibits all of the symptoms mentioned above. If you’re feeling unwell during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should contact your doctor and get tested as soon as possible, even if you’ve been immunised.

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Day 2 PCR Test Edinburgh Results

The outcomes are texted to you and should arrive within 48 hours. The results are sent to the email used for the test booking. If your test results are negative, you should keep taking precautions to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19. A negative screening result means you were not infected with the virus at the time the sample was taken. However, it is possible to have COVID-19 and not have the virus recognised by the test. It might happen when you were newly exposed but haven’t had the symptoms — or if you’ve had COVID-19 for much more than a week before being tested. A negative test somehow doesn’t ensure your safety in the coming days: you might be exposed to COVID-19 after your testing, get ill, and spread the SARS-Cov-2 virus to everyone else.

A positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 indicates you are infected and should self-isolate for 10 days. Most individuals have minor illnesses and may recover comfortably at home without the need for medical attention. If your symptoms develop, contact your healthcare professional. In the case of tourists arriving in Scotland and getting a positive result from their day 2 PCR test Edinburgh, the situation becomes more complex. Following a positive result, they should remain at their temporary address in Scotland and isolate themselves from others.

Self-isolation Guide

If you have a cough, a fever, or a loss/change in smell and taste, you and your whole family should remain at home and order a home test kit immediately. Otherwise, you could book an appointment for a test to be taken at a testing facility, however, please be aware that you should not use public transportation to go there.

Everyone in your household should remain at home if they show signs of illness. Self-isolation entails remaining at residence all of the time, with no visitors.

Even if you’re wearing a face mask, you should not go out or go shopping.  Allow no one to enter your house to deliver you groceries, look after your kids, or for any other reason.