Antigen test

Antigen test

Last update: 15/06/2021

The antigen test looks for proteins on the surface of the virus. They are only detectable if the virus is alive. The antigen test is done from a nasal swab taken with a swab. It doesn’t have to be sent to a lab.

The result is quick. The waiting time can vary from 10 to 30 minutes.

In the event of an antigen test result, it should be confirmed by a more reliable PCR test.

  • If you are travelling to Italy or another country that accepts an antigen test result for entry
  • If you would like to be tested and have not been identified as a high or low risk contact
  • If you have had symptoms for less than four days

You will be considered as a confirmed COVID case. You should continue to self-isolate at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, unless advised otherwise by a medical professional. A doctor will contact you.

I can get tested at any age at:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Medical biology laboratories


From age 12 up, at: 

  • Chemists Monaco
  • Red Cross first aiders
  • Military Force soldiers
  • Police Department staff

It is quicker than the PCR test and gives a result in 15-30 minutes.

The 13 chemists offering the test, by appointment and with or without a prescription are:

  • Pharmacie de l’Annonciade
  • Pharmacie de l’Estoril
  • Pharmacie de Fontvieille
  • Pharmacie Internationale
  • Pharmacie du Jardin Exotique
  • Pharmacie des Moulins
  • Pharmacie de Monte-Carlo
  • Pharmacie Wehrel
  • Pharmacie Ferry
  • Pharmacie Bughin
  • Pharmacie Rocher
  • Pharmacie Plati
  • Pharmacie Médecin


YES the antigen test is covered by the compulsory health insurance plan.

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