Antibody test lets you know if you have been previously exposed to Covid-19. Antibodies don’t show in the blood until 3-5 days after exposure but then may stay in the system for many months. This test would be a good test to take if you are planning to go back to work or visit an ‘At Risk’ relative. The cost of this test is £65, and the results are available in 15 minutes.
The PCR test (sometimes called Molecular test) shows if the virus is currently present in your body. This is the type of test required by most travel companies and airlines before you travel. Please check with your airline about how long before your travel you must have done the test. Your test samples will be sent to a validated, certified laboratory, and the results take up to 72 hours from acceptance at the lab. The cost of this test is £150, you will receive an email from the Laboratory with your test result certification. If needed, a 24-hour test is available, subject to slot location at the lab, costing £300.