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COVID-19 Test | Clinic Service

Now available at ParkwayHealth Shanghai Centre Medical Center

Covid Test 750X550-01

Understanding the Different Types of COVID-19 Tests

ParkwayHealth Shanghai Centre clinic now provides two primary types of COVID-19 tests: 

  • The diagnostic Nucleic Acid Test (also called PCR) that look for active coronavirus infection in your mucus or saliva.
  • The Antibody blood test that hunt for antibodies—evidence that your immune system has encountered the infection before.

Which Test Should I Get?

COVID-19 PCR testing for travel purpose

If you're taking the COVID-19 tests for travel purposes, PCR Test is the most sensitive for detecting an active infection, and the results are highly accurate. Test must be done within 48– 72 hours before your flight. Travelers are responsible for checking the testing window requirements of their destination country and if the clinic can meet the required timeline.

COVID-19 antibody testing if you suspect you might have had the virus in the recent past

A COVID-19 antibody test determines if you were previously infected with the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. Created by your immune system in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, these antibodies can help protect you from developing COVID-19 if you are exposed to or infected with the coronavirus again (reinfection).

Note: if you've been vaccinated against COVID-19, you might pop positive on an antibody test because your body has formed that response due to the vaccine.


1. Can I take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR swab test without an appointment?

Yes, you may walk-in to enquire about the PCR swab test but you are encouraged to book an appointment beforehand so that we can serve you promptly. However, as we may not be able to attend to your request in time, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requested timeline and that the results will be received in time for your flight.

2. What should I do if I missed my appointment?

Please kindly contact our hotline at 400.819.6622 to book another appointment.


3. What happens after the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR swab test?

We will inform you of your COVID-19 PCR swab test results within 24 hours. A results memo will be emailed to you within 48 hours, and you are advised to print this for reference during your travel.


4. How long does it take to get tested? Do I need to prepare prior to the procedure?

The pre-departure COVID-19 PCR swab test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You are advised to reduce contact with other individuals before the swab test results are released.


5. What is the required testing window for a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR swab test?

The required testing window is dependent on your destination country and flight. It is generally advisable to be present at the clinic for your swab test within 48 – 72 hours prior to flight.

To enquire about COVID-19 tests prices or to make an appointment, please contact us at 400.819.6622.

ParkwayHealth Shanghai Centre Medical Centre

203-204 West Retail Plaza, 1376 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai

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