Antigen test

Antigen test

Last update: 25/05/2022

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. A few drops of reagent are mixed with the sample collected and then deposited on a small strip which changes colour depending on whether the patient is positive or negative for SARS-CoV-2 (just like a pregnancy test).

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

  • If you need to travel to a country that accepts antigen tests for entry to its territory
  • If you have had symptoms for less than four days

If the antigen test produces a positive result, you are considered to be a confirmed case whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic. You should self-isolate for 7 days from the date of the positive test or the onset of your symptoms if they began before you took the test.

If your PCR/rapid antigen test was carried out in Monaco, you can request a recovery certificate by completing the online form available on the following link.

I can get tested at any age at:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Medical biology laboratories
  • Chemists


From age 12 up, by: 

  • 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 15 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
  • Pharmacie Centrale
  • Pharmacie San Carlo


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

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