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Covid-19 Testing

We provide a high-sensitivity quantitative test with a level of detection accuracy similar to some molecular tests.


Covid-19 testing in Rome

Even though travel restrictions for arrivals and testing rules that apply to events and venues have been relaxed, you may still need a Covid test during your stay in Rome. This could be for medical reasons or for re-entry to your home country. Some countries, airlines, or cruise operators still require a negative antigen or PCR Covid test result in English before boarding. Good news: FirstMed issues Covid-19 test certificates in English!

Which Covid-19 tests are available at FirstMed?

There are two main types of diagnostic tests – molecular (PCR) tests and antigen tests. At FirstMed we provide high-sensitivity quantitative rapid antigen test with results in little time.


Quantitive antigen tests:

  • measure viral protein

  • are high sensitivity and high-level of detection accuracy similar to some molecular tests

  • are easy and quick to perform

  • can give a result within 15-20 minutes


A swab sample is taken from the nasopharyngeal passage and processed in our lab. You do not need to wait for long hours to get your test results. They are available in 15-20 minutes. Please note that we do not provide PCR Swab test at FirstMed!

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When you need to get Covid-19 tested

The Rapid Antigen Test detects the presence of protein particles (antigens) on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Reasons to get tested:

  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, sore throat, dry cough, etc.)

  • You've been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19

  • You need a test for travel purposes

  • You need a test for work, school, or other reasons

Why get tested at FirstMed?

If you need a lateral flow test (rapid antigen test) in Rome, FirstMed offers this service for only €15. 

  • FirstMed has an on-site laboratory so results are ready in just 15-20 minutes!

  • Antigen test certificates can be provided in English. 

  • We provide high-sensitivity, quantitative tests.

  • Our medical team and customer care staff are fluent both in English and Italian.

  • Our private English-speaking clinic is well connected, near the Policlinico metro station. The easiest way to get to the clinic is by taking the metro B line and getting off Policlinico. When you exit the metro, you will see 3 glass buildings on the right side. Out entrance is between the cafè Salotto Morgagni and the Apple Shop Med Store, and we’re on the second floor.

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Live in Rome and need Covid tests for travel?

Our Annual Health Plan is a bundle of comprehensive health services including three COVID-19 Antigen tests