You can now get a COVID 19 test and EU Digital Travel Certificate in selected Meagher’s Pharmacy Stores.
You can book an appointment by clicking this link below and selecting one of these participating Meaghers stores - Baggot Street, Barrow Street and Mater Hospital.
Please note booking is advisable and appointments are subject to specifically trained staff on duty and availability of stock.
What is a COVID 19 Antigen Test for Travel?
An antigen test is a technology developed to detect proteins called antigens that are present in your body when a person has current COVID 19. One of our trained pharmacists will take a nasal swab from each nostril to test for COVID 19. If your test is negative, you will be emailed an EU Digital COVID Certificate within an hour of you appointment which you can use for travel requirements.
Who is this test suitable for?
Anyone that is looking to travel to a specific country which needs a travel cert to obtain entry, showing negative for COVID 19.
This test is not suitable for the following cases and testing may be refused by the pharmacist on duty should any of the following apply :
- Anyone with symptoms of COVID 19
- Anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 7 days
- Those that think they may have COVID 19
- Anyone who has been in contact with someone with COVID 19
If your test returns positive, you will be advised by the pharmacist to get a PCR test to confirm. We will not be able to issue a certificate if your test is returned as positive.
What is the cost of this service?
The cost is €35 per person. Meaghers Pharmacy are not liable for any losses or cost that incur where a positive test result is received.
What do I need to bring with me for the test?
Bring Photo ID, ideally your passport as the details for your Travel Cert must match your travel documents.
Although the test has a high sensitivity and specificity it is not 100% accurate and there is a change that there may be false positive or false negative results.
Rapid Antigen tests are not as accurate as PCR tests and are designed to detect the virus at levels that are more likely to mean that you’re infectious and could spread the infection to others.
If your test returns positive, you will be advised by the pharmacist to get a PCR test to confirm and will not receive a Travel Certificate.
If you receive a negative result, we will submit your results to produce an EU travel Certificate. A negative result means that COVID 19 was not detected at the time of testing, but it does not mean that you haven’t had COVID 19 or that you won’t develop COVID 19 in the future.
It is the customers responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current and most up to date travel requirements for the country you are visiting. Not all countries are accepting Rapid Antigen Certs, some require PCR Tests. There are varying degrees of requirements in terms of age limits (children) and the time before departure that the test must be taken.
We recommend that you check https://dfa.ie/ regularly for the latest travel information. For EU travel, you can also refer to https://reopen.europa.eu/en