PCR testing is the most reliable method for detecting SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections. RT-PCR testing amplifies the genetic material of the viruses present to such an extent that it can be detected even at low viral loads. Different types of sample collection and processing times allow safe testing methods for any need.
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This is why you should choose the PCR test
There are several reasons to choose the PCR test.
Our in-house laboratories and testing stations deliver your test results as fast as you need them - within thirty minutes, the same calendar day, or within 24 to 36 hours (depending on availability).
Our labs send your results directly to you via email. You can get tested on the go and avoid annoying wait times.
It's important to break chains of infection and smooth out waves of contagion. That's why we always keep our prices as low as possible.
All results from Coronatest.de are provided with an individual, verifiable QR code (BärCODE) and are therefore protected against forgery.
Different collection methods and different processing times offer PCR tests tailored to your personal needs.
PCR testing is the most reliable way to get tested for Covid-19. The RT-PCR method allows identification of individuals with a low viral load.
Suitable for travel
Many countries, airlines and hotels require a negative PCR test upon entry and in transit. Our results are NAAT EU compliant and suitable for foreign travel.
Questions about my PCR test
How do gargle tests and swab tests differ?
There are two ways to take a Covid-19 sample.
The best-known method is the nose and throat swab. A small cotton swab is inserted in mouth and nose throat.
Gargling is a relatively new method. The World Health Organization WHO has equated it with the nose and throat swap in terms of accuracy. And in Vienna, this method has already become the standard. This method benefits from being simple, pain-free and more pleasant for the individuals getting tested.
Is RT-PCR the right test if I need a PCR test?
Yes, RT-PCR tests is used to detect SARS-CoV-2 viruses in samples. RT-PCR tests detect RNA-viruses, PCR tests detect DNA viruses. SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, so it can be detected with the help of the RT-PCR method.
The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (short RT-PCR) is the combination of two methods of the molecular biology – the use of reverse transcription (RT) and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – to detect RNA.
Should I schedule a visit for the PCR test?
Scheduling a visit is not necessary. We recommend advance registration and payment at berlin-coronatest.de to avoid having to wait. Fast lane access will be available in this case..
When should I get tested regarding travel restrictions of my airline or destination country?
Please be aware that PCR processing currently takes up to 24-36 hours in 98% of cases, on rare occasions even longer. It is your responsibility to be informed of any travel restrictions by your airline or destination country, including whether the time restrictions for testing apply to your departure, arrival or any layovers on your trip. We cannot give you any general answers. Please contact official institutes or your airline for more information.
We strongly recommend booking a rebookable or refundable flight as there is always a possibility of travel restrictions changing with little advance notice.
How old do I have to be to get tested via PCR test?
We perform the PCR gargle tests on children from 6 years old on. The PCR swabtest from 14 years old on. Parents have to accompany their children of 6/ 14 years and under 16 years to the test at our stations. To register your kid that is younger than 14 years with the right birthyear please contact our service team via email or our staff at the station.
Juveniles 16 years of age or older can independently register for the test and do not need to be accompanied to the testing facility but need to provide the parents’ or guardians’ written consent when taking the test.
Why do you offer the gargling test too?
We provide a gargle test for PCR testing. This is a less common method that we offer for a variety of reasons. Many people find gargling to be more pleasant than a nose and throat swab. Using this method, we can offer PCR testing to children ages 6 and above. In addition, the test procedure can be done entirely without direct contact with our staff.
This gargling method is now being recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an alternative to the nose and throat swab. And in Vienna, this method has already become the standard. The Apotheken-Umschau reported on this.
Scientific background and more information:
Saliva from the pharynx and nose and throat swabs have achieved similar SARS-CoV-2 detection rates. As saliva can be easily collected, the use of saliva as an alternative sample type is being recommended as a means to detect SARS-CoV-2. (full study: Europe PMC)
An increase in testing methods beyond the commonly used nose and throat swab allows for a higher number of tested individuals and more effective monitoring of the spread of COVID-19. (full study: PubMed)
Why is your PCR test so low in price?
We have very low prices for our PCR tests because our procedures are different than in a doctor’s office where every analysis is done one after the other and the results are genrated and sent by hand.
Currently many people need tests for a detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For such a large amount of people procedures have to be adapted and that is what we did. We can make that happen with partners that are focussing on effectiveness just like us.
We save time because we improved procedures, simplified and digitized them. And who saves time, saves money. And that leads to a big advantage in price for you. We are pretty happy being able to offer you that.
How is the PCR test performed?
Our gargle test is performed with a light saline solution that you gargle for 20 seconds. The PCR swab test is performed with a thin cotton swab that gets inserted into mouth and nose throat. The sample is then sent to the lab and analyzed.
What is the Express PCR?
Express PCR tests are processed directly at the test station. Processing takes 20 minutes. The test costs €119.99 incl. VAT.
Please note: There is a limited number of Express PCR machines at each test station. During times of high demand, this means that there might be a delay before your test sample can be processed. Our staff will let you know if there is currently a wait.
Available at these stationen:
Berlin S/U Friedrichstraße
Berlin BER Airport
Berlin S/U Zoologischer Garten
Frankfurt Main Station
Hannover Main Station
What is the Same Day PCR?
Starting Tuesday, 15.06:
PCR samples taken at a Berlin test station (excepting: S Johannisthal, S Marzahn, Potsdam Main Station) before 13 o’clock can be processed within the same business day. This test option costs €74.99 Euro incl. VAT.
When and how will I receive my PCR test result?
After the smple was given at our station it will be send to the laboratory where it will be analyzed. You will then receive your result as a PDF document at the email address you used during registration. You can print it out yourself if desired.
In 98% of the cases the test result is issued in 24 to 36 hours in German and Englisch.
The lab processing the results is independent from the opening hours of our testing facilities. Your test result may therefore be delivered outside of our opening hours (including at night or during the early hours of the morning).
What is PCR testing?
PCR testing is a standard practice in virus diagnostics which can be partially automated. To do this, the samples have to be transported to the lab as quickly as possible. With the PCR method, the genetic material of the virus is multiplied to such an extent that it can be detected even if it is only present in small quantities. This procedure currently takes about four to five hours. Additionally, the transport to and preparation period in the lab as well as potential wait times because of high sample volume also take some time. (source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium)
Which date will be included on my test result?
Your test result will include date and time of both test implimentation and issuance of test result.
What will my PCR test result look like?
Here you see an example of a PCR gargle test result with all contained information. The results are always in english AND german: Example PCR test result
The result of the PCR swab test looks the same but with the different method ‘nasopharyngeal swab’.
Are the PCR tests officially approved?
All of our PCR test results are certified in an officially recognized and licenced German laboratory by our laboratory physician.