What tests can I have?

What tests can I have?

Last update: 19/08/2021

PCR test

This test allows you to determine, by taking a sample from the nose, if you are infected at the time of the testing. It is then analyzed in the laboratory. The results are generally available within 48 hours.

To take the test, I must contact the Call Center at so that it can register my request. Then I will be contacted directly by the National Screening Center (Auditorium Rainier III) to arrange an appointment for my screening.

More about PCR Tests


This test, also carried out from a nasal sample, looks for proteins on the surface of the virus. They are only detectable if the virus is present. It does not need to be analyzed in the laboratory and the results are available between 10 and 30 minutes.

To take the test, I must go to one of the pharmacies on the searchable list by clicking here.

More about ANTIGEN tests


It is not strictly a test but a type of sample. Instead of looking for the virus in the nasopharynx as usual, a saliva sample is used. The reference technique for the detection of Covid-19 remains RT-PCR as for the nasopharyngeal sample.

More information on the SALIVARY test

SELF test

The self-tests make it possible to know whether or not one is positive for Covid-19 thanks to a nasal swab, but shallower and therefore less unpleasant than the usual PCR or antigen tests. Be careful, they are not sufficient on their own: in the event of a positive test, a PCR test will be necessary to confirm it if necessary.

More information on the SELF-test

TROD test

This is a Rapid Diagnostic Orientation Test (TROD). They are of 2 types:

  • TROD serological: its objective is to know if you have been in contact with the virus Antigenic nasopharyngeal
  • TROD: its purpose is to find out if you are infected with the virus at the time of the test

More about TROD tests

Blood test

The blood sample can be taken in an analytical laboratory. It lets you know if you have been in contact with the virus. If the test is positive, it may be necessary to perform a PCR to find out if you are still infected with the virus.

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