How Long Do You Need to Wait In Between Covid-19 PCR Tests?

How Long Do You Need to Wait In Between Covid-19 PCR Tests?

During the last year and a half, we have all had to make a lot of adjustments to our lives. There have been a lot of firsts we have experienced. For most, it is the first time we have been alive and aware of a global pandemic and also part of a nationwide (and worldwide) lockdown. Although viruses and dealing with the spread are not new things, the scale at which we have all had to take care with regards to Covid-19, due to how serious a virus it is, is unprecedented.

We have all had to try and understand, at least a little bit, about how viruses spread, how testing works, having testing, viruses, working from home, shielding, quarantine, and many more. Although there have definitely been a real boon in knowledge and understanding, at times it feels as if with each bit of information, answers, and explanations, more questions arise as a result.

When You Should Get a PCR Test

One subject we have noted, at Pure Testing, that most people are interested in, revolve around testing. To help keep things simple, we are going to first answer the question of when you should actually have a PCR test in the first instance, then we will deal with the issue raised by the question at the top of the page.

PCR tests, as you may know, are considered to be the most accurate and reliable tests available. The other main option is called Lateral Flow Device Antigen tests, or rapid lateral flow tests. You only really need to have one of those tests if you believe you may have been exposed to the virus or been around people who tested positive.

Whereas, if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, you need to book to have a PCR test as soon as you can. Anyone that lives with you may also want to book, even if they do not have symptoms, as they are at higher risk of getting the virus.

In What Situations Do You Need Another PCR Test?

Basically, the rules are that if you have tested positive after having a Covid-19 PCR test, you do not have to be tested again using a rapid lateral flow or PCR test for at least 90 days. That is unless you develop any new symptoms during this time. Then it is important to be rested with a PCR test.

Please note that the 90-day period outlined above starts at the point from when either your symptoms started, or you were asymptomatic and had a positive result from a test.


Hopefully, this has cleared up the question of how long you need to wait between PCR Covid-19 tests. Obviously, the rules are constantly in flux, so it’s important to keep a close eye on the news and pay attention to the information provided on Gov.UK to have a clearer and up-to-date view of what the current rules are regarding testing and retesting.

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How Long Do You Need to Wait In Between Covid-19 PCR Tests?

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The Antigen Test is used to determine whether you have the Covid-19 virus. This test works by searching for the pieces of the virus that your immune system recognises, the antigens.

It is especially helpful for screening acute, asymptomatic, and mild patients for identifying the Covid-19 infection.

We will email you the test result certificate by 10pm the same day you had the test.

NB. You are not allowed to travel to the majority of destinations on the basis of your Covid-19 Antigen Test. If you are looking to travel please book your PCR Test and Fit to Fly Certificate.

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