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The Omicron Variant – How it will affect your travel plans




2 COVID-19 imported cases were tested “preliminary positive” of the Omicron variant in Singapore on 2 December, Thursday. Here's the quick break down.


What do we know about the Omicron variant?

As yet there is no firm evidence that the Omicron variant is more dangerous than previous variants like the Delta variant. There is some evidence that the variant can be more infectious but experts are unsure whether it is more transmissible or capable of causing more serious illness. According to the World Health’s Organisation’s lead person on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove said on 1 December 2021, that they are expecting to have more data on the Omicron variant in the next few days.


Will my PCR test be able to detect the variant?

The current machines used by labs like Parkway laboratories who are linked with our clinics, have confirmed they are able to detect this variant.


How has it affected international travel and the VTL?

Some countries, like Israel, Japan and Morocco have barred the entry of foreign travelers in response to the new variant.


For travellers entering Singapore


Singapore will enhance its COVID-19 testing for travellers entering Singapore to reduce risk and better detect the Omicron variant. From 2 December, 2359 hours, all travellers on the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL-Air) will undergo additional self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at a Quick Test Centre (QTC) on Days 3 and 7 of their arrival. Here are the locations of the QTCs. https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/quick-test-centres-(qtcs)


QTCs provide self-paid ART where the test will be self-administered and supervised by an approved COVID-19 test provider. Our clinics are NOT a QTC.


Travelling from Singapore


Before travelling, please check the entry requirements imposed by the VTL country you are travelling to. Different protocols and policies vary from country to country. Please check with the local authorities for your entry requirements imposed by the respective VTL countries. This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves and as authorities learn more about the Omicron variant.


Our clinics offer the PCR tests that are necessary for your travel.





Prices (Nov 2021)


Routine COVID-19 RT-PCR Swab Test: $125 NETT* (Results out by following day midnight if taken before 9pm)

Express COVID-19 RT-PCR Swab Test: $321 NETT* (Turnover 6 -8 hours from time it reaches the lab)

VENOUS BLOOD SEROLOGY IgM ANTIBODY/ IgM + IgG Antibody against N PROTEIN: $55 NETT*

ANTIGEN RAPID TESTING: $26.50 NETT*


*Prices are inclusive of GST with no additional consultation charges

*$10 Surcharges apply for paediatric swabs/ blood taking as well as very urgent requests. *Turnover time refers to the time from when the sample reaches the lab and not the time when sample was taken






Due to high call volumes during this period, we may not be able to attend to your queries via whatsapp or calls in time. Please use our website to secure your appointment or approach us at our clinics' counters if you require any assistance.



Source:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/omicron-variant-half-all-covid-19-infections-europe-ecdc-2354226

https://www.nytimes.com/article/omicron-coronavirus-variant.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-2-imported-covid-cases-omicron-variant-south-africa-112342268.html






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