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Kids and Travel Covid Testing in Zurich

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Has anyone recently needed a Covid test for travel for flying with a small child (under 6 years old)?

Most testing centers say they don't test children. I'm hoping someone has a tip so that I can avoid a lot of phone calls and research! Thank you in advance.
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Old 26.05.2021, 11:56
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Please only answer if you have reliable experience/information

Has anyone recently needed a Covid test for travel for flying with a small child (under 6 years old)?

Most testing centers say they don't test children. I'm hoping someone has a tip so that I can avoid a lot of phone calls and research! Thank you in advance.
ZRH airport do a saliva test and it says they do children https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2
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ZRH airport do a saliva test and it says they do children https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2
Thank you for the tip!
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Re: Kids and Travel Covid Testing in Zurich

If the airport doesn't work you probably will have to go to the pediatrican of your child. They do test children
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Has anyone recently needed a Covid test for travel for flying with a small child (under 6 years old)?

Most testing centers say they don't test children. I'm hoping someone has a tip so that I can avoid a lot of phone calls and research! Thank you in advance.
Which country is it for? Many don't require tests for such young children, could be worth checking again.
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Which country is it for? Many don't require tests for such young children, could be worth checking again.
Of course I already know what is required for the arrival country.
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ZRH airport do a saliva test and it says they do children https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2
This might not be sufficient for some countries (such as the USA).

The pediatrician you have for your child(en) do Covid testing, including for travel. Or at least the ones in Zurich do, such as Kinderarzthaus and Swiss Medi Kids.
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This might not be sufficient for some countries (such as the USA).

The pediatrician you have for your child(en) do Covid testing, including for travel. Or at least the ones in Zurich do, such as Kinderarzthaus and Swiss Medi Kids.
The USA even accepts rapid antigen tests. I'd be surprised if ZRH were conducting PCR test that were not acceptable - there would have been traveller outrage by now.
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This might not be sufficient for some countries (such as the USA).

The pediatrician you have for your child(en) do Covid testing, including for travel. Or at least the ones in Zurich do, such as Kinderarzthaus and Swiss Medi Kids.
Why wouldn't it be acceptable? From the CDC page "Any negative Antigen or Molecular test" is acceptable within 72 hours. Is a saliva test not an antigen test?
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Re: Kids and Travel Covid Testing in Zurich

It is a saliva test but seeing the amount of people taking it and flying off it will be accepted in a lot of countries.
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Is a saliva test not an antigen test?
Saliva is the method of taking the sample (rather than nose swab). PCR is the method of analysing the sample. So at ZRH they use saliva to take the sample but then use the normal PCR analysis techniques.

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A positive PCR test indicates you are infected with the COVID-19 virus. The test is done by means of a nose and throat swab or throat swab. According to the latest findings, a PCR test on a saliva sample is just as reliable as a nose and throat swab or throat swab. For this reason, some institutions may also do a PCR test on a saliva sample."

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...ov/testen.html
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Why wouldn't it be acceptable? From the CDC page "Any negative Antigen or Molecular test" is acceptable within 72 hours. Is a saliva test not an antigen test?
It was previously said CDC does not accept saliva tests, however that seems to have changed:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...lab/naats.html

However, considering they still do not recommend it, I'd personally advise against it to prevent issues with entry into the US.

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It was previously said CDC does not accept saliva tests, however that seems to have changed:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...lab/naats.html



However, considering they still do not recommend it, I'd advice against it to prevent issues with entry into the US.
I don't think the certificate states HOW the sample was taken... just that it's a PCR test.

I can check when I'm home.
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I don't think the certificate states HOW the sample was taken... just that it's a PCR test.

I can check when I'm home.
Most likely not. Luckily that's also not what they require to be included on the test result:
  • Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test).
  • Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service).
  • Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the 3 months before the flight.
  • Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number).
  • Test Result.
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Re: Kids and Travel Covid Testing in Zurich

It says PCR test, it does not say how it was taken.

At the airport PCR tests are spit test, antigen test are with a swab.

And all the above is mentioned on the test result.
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