It is a nose swab antigen test to check for a current COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection. The pharmacist will take a swab from each nostril. If your test is negative, you will be emailed an EU Digital Covid Certificate in less than an hour which you can upload to your phone (Covid Tracker App or similar).
Antigen tests are not as accurate as a PCR test and are designed to detect the virus at levels that are more likely to mean you’re infectious and could spread the infection to others.
The test is suitable for all adults, and children 8 years and older.
Who is it not suitable for?
It is not suitable for anyone:
If you get a negative test you will receive an email with your EU Digital Covid Certificate. If you require this test for international travel please ensure you are familiar with the current requirements of the country you are entering. While some countries accept the results of rapid antigen tests (RATs) if taken less than 48 before arrival, others do not. It is your responsibility to book the test you require for your circumstances. Please be aware that the age requirement for testing of children also varies by country.
You will need to bring photo ID e.g. passport, driver’s licence or public services card to confirm identity.
Check the DFA website regularly for the latest travel information. For EU travel, the Re-Open EU (website and App) is a great resource.
The cost of the test is €45 per person.