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Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 PCR Swab Test
There is no eligibility criteria for taking a COVID-19 PCR swab test, you may take it on a voluntary basis.
COVID-19 tests results for COVID-19 PCR swab test and COVID-19 Serology (IgM) test will be available within 30 to 36 hours of administration.
COVID-19 swab test results will be sent to the individual’s email address provided.
Yes. Minmed is on the list of MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers. Minmed is also on the list of clinics approved to conduct Pre-departure PCR swab test for overseas travel.
I have to travel urgently in less than 48 hours. Can I get my Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR swab test results before departure?
Yes, you can. We provide express PCR swab test at $328 and results available in 6 hours of administration.
The COVID-19 PCR swab test will be taken from both nostrils according to the lab guideline, and the COVID-19 Serology IgM test will be taken from the venous blood by a professional phlebotomist.
For COVID-19 PCR Swab test, please bring along your identity card, passport and if you are travelling – the booking reference showing your departure flight timing.
For voluntary PCR swab test, please bring along your identity card.
The COVID-19 PCR swab test directly detect the presence of the COVID-19 antigen in an individual and detects active COVID-19 infections. This is the globally accepted test standard for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Serology (IgM) test detects the presence of antibodies to COVID-19 which is a marker of past infection. Individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 more than 10 to 14 days ago will have a positive serology test.
All appointments will be booked through our website. After successful booking of your COVID-19 tests, a confirmation email with details of your appointment will be sent to your email. You will also receive a SMS reminder one day before your swab test appointment.
There are no subsidy for COVID-19 PCR tests for both travelers (leisure or business) and voluntary testing.
COVID-19 PCR Swab Test can be conducted for individuals on an elective/voluntary basis, as well as for travellers. No approval letter is necessary. The costs of the test is however, not subsidized by Ministry of Health (MOH).
Minmed clinics are PHPC accredited. Our doctors continue to conduct swab tests where indicated in the course of seeing patients whom have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection.
The required testing window is calculated based on your flight timing. For ease of reference, you should be present at our clinic for your Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test at least 48 to 72 hours prior to flight (whichever is the applicable requirements set out by your destination country)
We understand that it is possible for your flight timing to change.
Please note that the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test shall be conducted no less than 48 hours before the revised flight timing.
On arrival at our clinic, you will need to show:
– Details of the original flight
– Details of the revised flight timing
Please note that we reserve the right not to conduct a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test should inconsistencies or irregularities be noted.
Can i have a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test without an appointment if i have the necessary documentation?
It is recommended that you make an appointment for your Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test with us, so that we can serve you promptly.
You can have a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test on a walk-in basis, provided you furnish the necessary documentation:
– Approval letter by Singapore government agency
– NRIC and Passport
– Details of flight (softcopy permitted)
Please note that we may have to serve those with appointments first, prior to attending to you.
The cost of the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test is $128.00 inclusive of gst. There will be no consultation fees or additional charges for the service.
However, if there is consultation for acute conditions, or where prescription is issued, additional charges would apply. The cost of the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test cannot be billed to your corporate panel.
Why do u need my NRIC and Passport for the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test? What about local address and email/ handphone number?
Verification of your physical NRIC and Passport is part of our protocol. Your results memo will reflect these particulars.
Your local address and handphone number is necessary to facilitate contact tracing in the event that the test is positive.
The results memo will be emailed to you, as soon as it is ready and at least 3 hours before your flight.
The COVID-19 PCR Swab Test takes 15 minutes to complete. You are advised to reduce contact with other individuals and thus, lessen the chance of contracting COVID before the swab test results are out.
We will email the results memo to you as soon as it is available and at least 3 hours before your flight. In the event that the result is positive or inconclusive, we will contact you via phone.
You are advised to print hardcopies of your results and bring it with you overseas.
You will receive 3 documents from Minmed:
- Lab report in PDF format
- PDT Memo in PDF format
For all outbound travel from Singapore, Notarised COVID-19 results are required for travel.
The Digital HealthCerts issued will be notarised automatically. No further action is required when the link to the memo and QR code is sent to you via email.
You can obtain a hardcopy of the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test results at any of our clinics. No charges apply.
Minmed works with authorized laboratory partners appointed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Tests. It is possible that delays occur in the transport and processing of specimen as well as in conveyance of results.
For Pre-Departure: In the event that the results cannot be furnished within 3 hours of your departure due to exingencies of service on the part of Minmed and/or our laboratory partners, we will refund the full cost of the test.
Minmed and/or the partner laboratories shall not be held responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for costs, loss of income, revenue or profits, business interruption) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from your use of our test services.
The terms and conditions of our COVID-19 PCR Swab Test service will be shared with you at the point of registration for your review and acceptance before the test.
What if i need additional memos apart from the standard memos for Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test results?
Minmed will provide the standardised Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test results memo as guided by the Ministry of Health (MOH). We do not routinely raise additional memos pertaining to pre-departure swab tests.
If you should need additional memos, kindly raise them to our staff prior to the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test. Additional memos are subject to the nature of the request and/or additional charges.
In the event that the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test result is positive, we will not be able to issue a memo for fitness to travel. We will contact you to make arrangements for an urgent referral to NCID for subsequent care and management.
COVID-19 PCR Swab Test results may return as inconclusive. In that event, a repeat test may be conducted and is chargeable.
For Pre-Departure: Should this result affect your departure, Minmed and/or the appointed laboratories vendor(s) shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities.
Yes you can request to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test voluntarily from 1 December 2020.
You can change your appointment date and time by emailing [email protected]
The homebased COVID-19 PCR Swab test will take about 15 minutes to be completed.
I have been vaccinated in Singapore. Do i still require a COVID-19 PCR Swab Test to leave the country?
Depending on the authorities of the destination country/region, you may still be required to take a COVID-19 PCR Swab Test before departure/on arrival. Do check the entry requirements for the destination country/region.