Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test
Please ensure that you have the approval letter from a Singapore Government agency prior to making your appointment for the Pre-Departure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Swab Test.
You should make an appointment that fits your required testing window, which should be at least 48 or 72 hours prior to your flight (whichever is applicable, depending on requirements set out by your destination country).
We are generally able to return the results via email within 24-30 hours of the test.
Please enquire using the chat function on this webpage if you are unsure of your testing window.
Making an Appointment
You will receive a confirmation email with the clinic location and appointment date and time. Please arrive punctually for your swab test, which will take 15min.
Documents to bring for Appointment
1. Identity card and passport
2. Approval letter to take the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test
3. Softcopy booking reference showing your departure flight timing (if applicable)
After the test, you should minimise contact with others and reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
You will receive your results memo at least three hours before your departure, if you have met the cut-off timing. We will email the results to your email address. You will need to print and bring the memo overseas yourself.
It is possible that delays in results conveyance may occur, which can lead to an event where the flight is missed. Please refer to our FAQ for our terms and conditions of the Swab Test.
Swab Test Availability Hours
Mon to Fri: 9am – 4pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
(All clinics are closed on public holidays)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test
What is the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test approval letter? Where can I get it? What if i have approvals to do a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test from embassies of my country located in Singapore?
The approval letter issued by the Singapore government agency is mandatory before a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test can be performed at our clinics. You may apply for the approval letter here.
Please note that only approval letters issued by the Singapore government agency is allowed. Approval letters obtained from the embassies of your country located in Singapore are not accepted.
Can i get a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test even if i’m not travelling? I do not have an approval letter, but I feel unwell. Can i do a voluntary swab test?
Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test can only be conducted for those whom have obtained an approval letter from the Singapore government agency for travel. We do not conduct swab tests for individuals on an elective/voluntary basis.
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. We do not conduct Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test for those whom are well.
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 or 72 hours prior to flight (whichever is the applicable requirements set out by your destination country)
It is likely that Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test results will not be ready if it is less than 48 hours before your flight. We do not conduct Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test for persons leaving in less than 48 hours. We will not be able to conduct swabbing on an urgent basis, nor expedite the process of the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test.
If the traveller’s flight timing has changed, and the flight details indicated on the approval letter is different from the revised flight schedule, does the traveller need to re-seek approval?
We understand that it is possible for your flight timing to change. Your approval letter may thus indicate a flight timing that is different from your revised flight schedule. You do not need to re-seek an approval for the revised flight timing.
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:
– Approval letter by Singapore government agency
– 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 Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test is $181.50 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 Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test cannot be billed to your corporate panel.
Why do u need my NRIC and Passport for the Pre-Departure 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 Pre-Departure 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 can obtain a hardcopy of the Pre-Departure 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.
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 Pre-Departure 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 Pre-Departure 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.
Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test results may return as inconclusive. In that event, a repeat test may be conducted and is chargeable. 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.