CAPE TOWN –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.
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.
“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.
“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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