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Covid-19 Testing

We provide qualitative, high-sensitivity quantitative and molecular tests to meet your Covid-19 testing needs.

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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 may 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 both high-sensitivity quantitative rapid antigen test with results in little time and the PCR test with results in 12 or 24 hours.

  • evaluate the genetic information (RNA) of the virus

  • are very high sensitivity - can detect even a small viral load

  • widely used for bot symptomatic and asymptomatic screenings

  • can give a result within 24 hours in English

  • cost €70

Same day results PCR tests: We also provide PCR test results delivered on the same day within 12 hours with a travel certificate in English. The cost of same day result PCR is €120.

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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.


Do I need an antigen test or a PCR?

Your testing needs will vary based on the reason for your appointment. If you need a test for travel or medical reasons, please verify with the third party which type of test they require before booking your appointment. If you are symptomatic and just want to check, consider a more cost-effective and quicker antigen test to clarify your doubts.

What if I've been in contact with a Covid-positive person?

If you've been in contact with someone who is confirmed to be Covid positive, you should test after the incubation period or at the first signs of symptoms.

Will I need to quarantine if I test Covid positive in Italy?

Yes, currently the quarantine period in Italy as mandated by law for vaccinated citizens is 5 days from the first positive test. If you need to travel or have scheduled events, ask about refund or rescheduling policies due to Covid-19 infections before booking!

How much does the PCR test cost?

The PCR test is €70.00. If you need the same day PCR results, it will cost €120.

What is the difference between the antigen test and the molecular test (PCR)?

The antigen test measures the antigens of the virus but can give results in a much shorter time. The PCR evaluates the genetic information (RNA) of the virus and it is more sensitive and accurate.

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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

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