OBS! When obtaining a travel certificate – a passport is mandatory
Doktor Hemma can do a PCR-test, rapid test and antibody test for Covid 19
Read more below about what tests suits you best
PCR-test or Rapid Test – if you suspect you have Covid 19 right now
When you have particular symptoms that may be caused due to an infection, you can test if it is Covid-19
A PCR test is done to determine if you previously been infected with Covid – 19 and if it’s still ongoing
Meanwhile an antigen test, called a rapid test, only have the ability to confirm if you have Covid – 19 right now
You can test if you have had covid-19 and developed antibodies to corona (SARS-CoV-2).
Antibodies can only be detected a few weeks after the infection has healed. An antibody test can therefore be taken no earlier than three weeks after your first day of symptoms.
If you get a positive answer, it means that you have had covid-19 and have developed antibodies (IgG) against the infection. Then you have a reduced risk of being infected, and a reduced risk of infecting others. If you get a negative answer, it shows that you currently do not have measurable levels of antibodies to the virus. This may be because you have not had covid-19, or because you have had covid-19 but have not developed antibodies. One reason may be that it has been too short a time since the infection healed. In some cases, the test shows something called reactive antibodies, which means an ambiguous answer where it is not possible to determine whether you have developed antibodies or not. Then you may have to wait two weeks and then do the test again.
An asymptomatic person who has developed antibodies has an opportunity to socialize to a greater extent, both outdoors and indoors with his relatives. This also applies to people in the risk group or people over the age of 70 who have developed antibodies.
There are still many question marks, such as how long an immunity lasts. At present, the Swedish Public Health Agency states that it is likely that a person who has had covid-19 infection has a low risk of becoming ill again for up to six months. They also emphasize that each person must make their own assessment based on the current situation and continue to follow the general recommendations from the Public Health Agency, such as staying home for disease symptoms, washing their hands regularly and keeping their distance from those who are not part of their own social circle.
To certify that you are not infected with Covid-19, a so-called PCR test is taken. This means that we top your nose and send the test to an accredited laboratory for analysis. For more information, visit TATAA Biocenter.
OBS! A passport is mandatory even if you already have a Travel certificate
Other details you should know
Due to the ongoing pandemic, many countries require you as a traveler to be able to show that you are not infected with Covid-19.
Health certificate can be obtained, signed by the responsible doctor, and then adapted to the requirements that apply to the country you are going to visit.
The certificate is written in English and signed and stamped by a doctor.
Different rules apply to different countries regarding how close to the trip the test needs to be taken. You need to ensure this and have information about it yourself before you book the test, so that it has the correct validity period.
For questions about specific entry requirements, contact the respective embassy.
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A combined IgM / IgG antibody test for Covid-19 used to qualitatively detect the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies of SARS-CoV-2 in human serum, plasma or whole blood in vitro.
The antibody test used is a rapid test from the manufacturer Orient Gene, and has been examined in most studies, including at Uppsala University. The test is one of the most evaluated tests on the market and has continuously demonstrated a high sensitivity and specificity. For example in this study from Uppsala University .
Sensitivity is the proportion who have been infected with Covid-19 and who are identified by the antibody test, through a positive test result. It is thus the test’s ability to detect those who have actually had the disease.
Yes, the test is CE certified. CE certification is a product marking within the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). The letters CE are an abbreviation for Conformité Européenne (‘in accordance with EC directives’). A product with CE marking may be sold in the EEA area.
Since May 2020, the rapid test has also received EUA approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the Medical Products Agency’s equivalent in the USA.
According to current guidelines from the Swedish Public Health Agency, antibody tests for Covid-19 are not subject to the duty to report the disease in accordance with the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act.
The test must be performed by healthcare professionals, as the CE marking applies to “professional use”, which implies that the test performer must be a person with formal training in healthcare or medicine. This is extremely important as the test result needs to be interpreted and analyzed correctly. More parameters than just the test result, such as symptoms and other anamnestic data, need to be included in the analysis for correct handling.
Unlike laboratory tests, test results can be read within 15 minutes, and should not be evaluated later than that. If evaluated before then, there is a risk of false positive answers.
Because it takes time to develop antibodies to a new virus, the sensitivity of the test is lower in the first days after the onset of symptoms. Accuracy and reliability are at their highest after about 14 days and onwards. This has been confirmed in previous studies and also in the Swedish Public Health Agency’s knowledge base on serology for Covid-19. In this they write that it usually takes one to two weeks from the onset of symptoms in an individual who is immunologically naive to develop an antibody response to a new virus. They also mention that antibody tests performed during the first two weeks after the onset of symptoms may need to be repeated at a later time to obtain reliable test results, especially since the affinity (ie attractiveness) of the antibodies is expected to increase over time. Therefore, we recommend that an antibody test be taken after at least 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is used for the purpose of finding out if a person has an ongoing covid-19 infection or not. The test is based on the identification of genetic material (RNA) from the virus and, unlike rapid tests, requires analysis in special laboratories. It is important to note that PCR tests cannot determine if a person has undergone an infection. Not even if a person has antibodies.
The sample is taken with the help of a sampling stick that is topped in the throat and nose. Once the test has been taken, the sample is sent for lab analysis to one of our partners. Answers from the test are obtained digitally as soon as the analysis is completed. This usually happens within 35 hours.
Both tests are used to detect ongoing infection. A PCR test has a slightly higher reliability but requires lab analysis and thus takes longer to get back. An antigen test does not need to be sent to a lab for analysis and the result is therefore obtained faster.
A negative test result means in the majority of cases that a person does not carry covid-19 virus. However, it should be mentioned that full exclusion of infection can not be done as a result of a negative antigen test. In individual cases, a negative test can mean that a person is very early in the infection process and therefore avoids a positive result. Therefore, it is of great importance that people who receive negative antigen tests continue to follow the National Board of Health’s guidelines.
Yes, all travel certificates we issue are in English.
You do not need that. We can issue a travel certificate to you even if you do not have a Swedish social security number.
If you arrive without a car, we have a walk-in testing where passers-by can perform antigen tests. For our walk-in you can not book an appointment but only drop-in is possible. This is open until 18:00.
If you arrive with car we have several parking spots for you to use.
If test + travel certificate can not be booked via the booking form, it is unfortunately fully booked. We currently have a limit on the number of travel documents that can be issued each day.
If your test result is not visible in the portal, we need to send you a new link. Email us at email@example.com and we will make sure to fix this.
All tests are performed by licensed nurses or doctors.
If your test result has not turned up within the promised time, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children can get tested with us. Age does not matter. Please notify at the time of the test whether the child in question has a Mobile BankID or not.
Children’s test results are read in the same way as adults’ test results. If the child does not have a mobile BankID, please notify us at the time of the test.
If you are going to do an antigen test, it is good to get on foot. For our other tests you need to come.
Unfortunately, we do not do that at present.
For questions regarding requirements / non-requirements for travel certificates, we ask you to direct to the airline you are to fly with. These are usually based on the best knowledge of what is required for their various destinations.
Unfortunately not. Travel certificates require an appointment.