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Online and offline pre-departure COVID-19 rapid antigen test service for Hong ong travellers

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 09:58
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Developed for Hong Kong travellers, new services can be conducted virtually under supervision at home or physically at Hong Kong International Airport.

Hong Kong - Prenetics, a global leader in genomic and diagnostic testing, announced the launch of new online & offline pre-departure COVID-19 testing services powered by Flowflex COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (Flowflex). The new offerings, called At-home (Virtual) COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and HKIA COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test, mark another key milestone for Project Screen by Prenetics, a one-stop global COVID-19 testing provider that offers convenient services for rapid antigen test (RAT) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Hong Kong. Going forward, Hong Kong travellers can choose to conduct pre-departure testing from the comfort of their homes, or at the Hong Kong International Airport Prenetics service counter. Currently, negative RAT results issued by Prenetics are accepted by more than 17 countries or regions around the world.

As international travel for both business and leisure gradually resume, most countries have eased their travel restrictions to accept certified pre-departure RAT results. The new At-home (Virtual) COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test can be done using a self-administered nasal swab which is analysed using Flowflex. Travellers can take the test at home under a virtually supervised video call with a trained professional to get certified digital test reports before their flight. Certified results will be available within 60 minutes after uploading the test results.

For travellers who plan to arrive at the airport earlier, the HKIA COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test can be conducted at the Prenetics service counter located in Arrival Hall A of the Hong Kong International Airport. Travellers can receive test results within 30 minutes via SMS and email. The nasal swab collection will be performed on-site by a trained health professional and analysed using Flowflex.

"The launch of the new pre-departure RAT service is a key milestone for Project Screen by Prenetics and strengthens our position to be "Your Go-To COVID-19 Testing Solution" in Hong Kong. While being able to travel again makes us all feel excited and hopeful about the future, it can be stressful to plan international journeys given the frequent changes in travel restrictions. With the new online and offline pre-departure RAT service powered by Flowflex travellers can take control of where they conduct pre-departure COVID-19 tests, enjoying greater convenience and peace of mind," said Mr. Danny Yeung, CEO and Co-Founder, Prenetics.

To date, the Flowflex COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test has been the preferred at-home RAT in Hong Kong, with more than 12 million units sold in the market over the past three months. The Flowflex COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test is approved by more than 40 governments globally, including Hong Kong, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and many more. It is also the most accurate RAT in the market based on two global independent validation studies comparing it against 53 accredited antigen kits. It is also clinically proven to have 98.8% accuracy based on a multi-site clinical study.

Both At-home (Virtual) COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and HKIA COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test require advanced booking, which is available as early as two weeks in advance.

Apart from At-home (Virtual) COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and HKIA COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test, Project Screen by Prenetics also offers HKIA COVID-19 Rapid RT-PCR Test, the gold standard in COVID-19 testing at Hong Kong International Airport too.

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Theodore Koumelis

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Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.