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Impact on travel after positive PCR - how long before you test negative?

Old Dec 28, 21, 4:34 pm
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Impact on travel after positive PCR - how long before you test negative?

Hello all. I tested positive on Christmas eve using and antigen/lateral flow test then later that day using a PCR. I'm now in day 5/10 of isolation.
Does anyone have experience of how long it took to test negative afterwards?
I'm meant to be travelling from the UK to Ireland then the US which require antigen tests on the 10th of January and I'm hoping I'll be negative by then. I've most likely got the omicron variant if that matters and am fully vaxxed.
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Old Dec 28, 21, 4:45 pm
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Hello all. I tested positive on Christmas eve using and antigen/lateral flow test then later that day using a PCR. I'm now in day 5/10 of isolation.
Does anyone have experience of how long it took to test negative afterwards?
I'm meant to be travelling from the UK to Ireland then the US which require antigen tests on the 10th of January and I'm hoping I'll be negative by then. I've most likely got the omicron variant if that matters and am fully vaxxed.
From the sample size of one: Positive LFT on 19th of December, followed by positive PCR on 21st. LFT still positive on 25th and 26th (very faint T-line), clear C-line on 27th of December.
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Old Dec 28, 21, 4:46 pm
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From the sample size of one: Positive LFT on 19th of December, followed by positive PCR on 21st. LFT still positive on 25th and 26th (very faint T-line), clear C-line on 27th of December.
Thanks that's exactly what I'm looking for.
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Old Dec 29, 21, 3:34 am
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Sample size of 2 (my 2 adult children) both omicron. Day 0 positive PCR. One tested negative on day 6, one on day 11.
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I probably contracted Delta on the 16th of November in Budapest, tested positive on the 20th with a headache and snotty nose and negative from the 25th onwards. I understand* that the Omnicom variant "could" ensure your positivity is longer than Delta.

* Armchair Virologist
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Old Dec 29, 21, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by u01sss3 View Post
Hello all. I tested positive on Christmas eve using and antigen/lateral flow test then later that day using a PCR. I'm now in day 5/10 of isolation.
Does anyone have experience of how long it took to test negative afterwards?
I'm meant to be travelling from the UK to Ireland then the US which require antigen tests on the 10th of January and I'm hoping I'll be negative by then. I've most likely got the omicron variant if that matters and am fully vaxxed.
I meant to say can you travel after 14 days with a letter from your doctor?

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Old Dec 29, 21, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by pathmd45 View Post
I meant to say can you travel after 14 days with a letter from your doctor?
You need to check with the specific airline and the entry requirements for the country that you are going to (for int. travel).
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Old Dec 29, 21, 11:53 am
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Not me, but my wife had mild symptoms on Nov. 18th, first negative Antigen test on Nov. 27th. A friend in England had symptoms on Dec. 20th, tested positive on Dec. 22nd. and was still positive today - although it took the full 15 minutes to show up. It seems that 7 to 10 days after initial symptoms is needed to pass a test. FYI, passing a PCR test may take more time, as it detects any amount of virus.
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10 days for me.
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Old Dec 29, 21, 3:12 pm
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8-days for me..
0 - no symptons - covid test
1 - tested positive from day0 test (halo t5)
2,3,4 - symptoms (fevers, bed for 2 days)
5,6 - mild symptoms
7 - no symptoms
8 - negative lateral flow.
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Originally Posted by pathmd45 View Post
I meant to say can you travel after 14 days with a letter from your doctor?
I believe you can, for the US and Canada - 14 days and a recovery letter exempts from testing for 3-6 months.
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Old Dec 30, 21, 9:22 pm
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I believe you can, for the US and Canada - 14 days and a recovery letter exempts from testing for 3-6 months.
IIRC in some places you also need to have had a positive test at the time for proof that you actually had COVID-19.
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Old Dec 30, 21, 10:50 pm
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IIRC in some places you also need to have had a positive test at the time for proof that you actually had COVID-19.
I think that might be all places to qualify.
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Saw this today......
positive on the 13th - negative on 30th
clIck photo for the full image.

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Old Jan 1, 22, 8:21 am
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Happy New Year, all. I think it's only right to add my own data point in case anyone else is wondering.
I tested positive on the 24th of December and finally negative (antigen/lateral flow test) yesterday on the 31st of December.
My first test yesterday had a very very faint line on the positive field and 2nd was entirely clear. I did another today and it was negative.
Let's hope we get some return to normalish travel this year and thanks for those who responded.
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