Check the list here for the Cheapest COVID-19 PCR testing facilities in Qatar!
The Ministry of Public Health released a memo last June stating that private health care facilities are allowed to carry out swabbing for the COVID-19 test and send the swabs to Hamad Medical Corporation laboratories for testing. This applies only for COVID-19 PCR testing and other rapid testing methods are not permitted. Private health care facilities can offer the COVID-19 test after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Public Health.
Please note that you need to book an appointment before you can go for the swab test. Prices mentioned are as of July 29, 2020, and include the result/certificate. You need to bring your QID/passport during your appointment.
Take note that timings and prices may vary. Kindly contact the clinic or hospital directly to set-up an appointment and for updated information.
PCR test, short for the Polymerase Chain Reaction test, is the current gold standard test used to determine whether an individual is infected with COVID-19, according to Hamad Medical Corporation. This is a highly sensitive test that is carried out using a swab of the back of the mouth and the top of the nose, and very accurately tells us if someone is COVID-19 positive.
This is different from the rapid serological test which is carried out using a finger prick a little like a diabetes test.
"The results from this kind of test are very fast but less accurate than PCR testing. The use of rapid serological tests must follow the clinical protocols and guidelines and be done by clinical and trained staff. It is not recommended to be used by the public.", says HMC Dr. Einas Al Kuwari, Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
Some countries around the world are requiring a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result as a part of entry requirements. Please note these restrictions/requirements can change at short notice.
To check if the country you'll be traveling to is requiring a COVID-19 test result before arrival, we suggest to check the following for updated information:
Sources: Information in this post is collated from calls made through the 16000 hotline, clinic, and hospital contact numbers from July 27 to July 29, 2020.
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