Book this COVID-19 RT-PCR Test (Swab Test or Saliva Test for COVID-19) with 15-hour or 24-hours results in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Antipolo, Batangas, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac. A negative RT-PCR Test result is one of the travel requirements for traveling.
The RT-PCR Test (Swab Test or Saliva Test for COVID-19) will be administered by Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory Inc, a Department of Health (DOH) accredited testing laboratory. You will have the option to take the test at one of their branches in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Antipolo, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac.
Upon arrival at the testing facility branch of your choice, present your voucher and the test will be administered by certified health workers or trained saliva-specified collectors in full PPE.
The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test is a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2. Samples are collected through swabs in the nose and throat or saliva collection and will detect if a person is infected with the COVID-19 virus. RT-PCR Test is the most accurate of the three different COVID-19 tests, the two of which are Antibody Rapid Test and Antigen Test. A QR-enable test result of your RT-PCR Test will be emailed to you within 15 or 24 hours, depending on which service you availed of.
Book this RT-PCR Test (Swab Test or Saliva Test for COVID-19) with 15-hour or 24-hour results for hassle-free preparation for your travel requirements. Check availability by choosing a date.
Metro Manila RT-PCR Testing Centers:
MAKATI: One World Medical
Diane Optical, 926 Pasay Road Makati, Metro Manila Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 9:00AM-4:00PM
MANDALUYONG: MP Diagnostic
GF-08D 500 Shaw Zentrum, 500 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City Operating Hours: Mon–Sat, 9:00AM–4:00PM
MANILA-Malate: MP Diagnostic
2130 M.H. Del Pilar St. Malate, Manila Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM
MANILA-Ermita: One World Medical
One World Medical, Romualdez St., cor., Zobel St., Ermita Manila Operating Hours : Mon-Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM
MARIKINA: Healthy World Medical
Lot 5 blk 6 Golden Valley Subd. Brgy Malanday Marikina City Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM
PASAY: One World Medical
One World Medical Wellness Center, Coral Way corner Road 23, Pasay City Operating Hours: Mon -Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM Sun, 9:00AM-1:00PM
QUEZON CITY: Detoxicare Diagnostic Lab
North Ave. corner Mindanao Avenue Quezon City, Infront of ayala mall Vertis North (former ABS-CBN) Tent Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Outside Metro Manila RT-PCR Testing Centers:
ANTIPOLO: Detoxicare Diagnostic Lab
T.S. Adriano Bldg., P. Oliveros St., Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City Operating Hours: Mon–Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM
BATANGAS: Detoxicare Diagnostic Lab
Detoxicare Batangas 84 Rizal Ave., Batangas City Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00AM to 6:00PM
BULACAN-Plaridel: Detoxicare Diagnostic Lab (Plaridel)
462 General Alejo Santos Road Culianin Plaridel Bulacan Operating Hours: Mon–Sat, 9:00AM-5:00PM
BULACAN-Meycauayan: One World Clinic (Meycauayan)
Supima Square back of Savemore Parking Lot, Malhacan Road, Meycauayan City, Bulacan Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
NUEVA ECIJA: Detoxicare Diagnostic Lab
Maharlika Highway, Purok Pantoc 1, Brgy. Daang Sarile, Cabanatuan City. Infront of Suzuki. Operating Hours: Mon–Sun, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
TARLAC: Detoxicare Diagnostic Lab
F. Tañedo St., Brgy. San Nicolas, Tarlac City, Tarlac Infront of Motortrade and Philippine Business Bank Near Loving Mother General Hospital Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 9:00AM-5:00PM
1. What is an RT-PCR test?
An RT-PCR test, or a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test, is a process used to detect the genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To test for the presence of the virus, samples have to be taken from a person's nose or throat by conducting a nasal swab or collecting saliva.
The RT-PCR test is the most accurate of the three most commonly used COVID-19 tests, the two of which are the Antibody Rapid Test and the Antigen Test.
2. Rapid test vs Swab test: What's the difference?
An Antibody Rapid Test uses blood samples to detect the presence of specific antibodies a person's immune system produces in response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To do this, you need to collect a drop of blood by pricking your finger. The collected blood will then be placed in a sample hole of an Antibody Rapid Test. Next, a solution will be added to the sample hole. Your results will then be ready in about 20 minutes. However, since this test looks for antibodies that you would develop after contracting COVID-19, it is often less accurate and may lead to false-positive or false-negative results.
On the other hand, a swab test is done by inserting a swab into a person's nostrils to collect a sample. The sample will then be tested for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus using certain methods depending on whether it is part of an RT-PCR test or an Antigen test. Aside from collecting samples via a nasal swab, swab tests are considered to produce more accurate results. Depending on a laboratory's capacity, results may take a few hours or more.
3. RT-PCR vs Antigen Test: What's the difference?
The main difference between an RT-PCR test and an Antigen test is what each test is designed to detect. RT-PCR tests are used to look for genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2, while an Antigen test detects protein markers located on the virus' surface.
Additionally, an RT-PCR test can detect the virus even before a person shows any symptoms of COVID-19. On the other hand, Antigen tests detect protein markers that may not show up until the peak of a COVID-19 infection, meaning it may overlook the virus when it is in the early stages or if the person is asymptomatic.
Overall, an RT-PCR test is considered more accurate but is more costly and takes longer to produce results than an Antigen test.
4. RT-PCR Test Procedure: What to Expect?
A swab test is done by collecting a sample from your nasal cavity. To do this, a healthcare worker will insert a swab in both your nostrils. When it is inserted, it is usually rotated before being removed. The procedure is quick but may be uncomfortable for a brief moment, causing you to feel the need to cough or make your eyes water.
Meanwhile, a saliva test simply requires you to spit into a sterile tube. Since this test is not invasive, it does not cause discomfort.
5. What to do before a swab test?
Prior to your swab test, it is important to make sure your nostrils are clear to avoid having to repeat the test. If you feel any excess mucus in your nostrils, please blow your nose using tissue paper before the test.
However, if your nostrils are already clear, you will not need to do any special steps to prepare for the test.