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Published on November 12th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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COVID Test Centre Opens at Cork Airport

The first pre-departure COVID-19 test centre has opened in Cork Airport this morning. It will allow for passengers to provide virus screening before departing as part of an EU scheme to accelerate the return of air travel. The service will be provided by ROCDOC and prices will start from €149 per person. The results can be returned to the passengers within a few hours allowing them to travel out of the airports in accordance with the EU’s traffic light system. The same company is also opening up a similar centre at Shannon Airport and one is expected to be operational at Dublin Airport before the end of this month.

The cost for a standard test (LAMP) with results back the same day. This will cost €149 per test. Express LAMP test with results back within a few hours will cost €199 per test. A PCR test with results back in 1-3 working days at a cost of €159 is also available. Depending on what country passengers are travelling to, different tests may be acceptable to the authorities in EU countries, and travellers are urged to check the requirements at their destination.

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport who was one of the first people to use the COVID testing centre at Cork Airport.

CEO of ROCDOC David Rock said “Our focus is to provide testing for passengers flying in and out of the airports, but our facilities are also open to members of the public who wish to have a test or local businesses who want to keep their staff safe. Since opening the country’s first drive-thru testing centre in Ashbourne in August, we have been inundated by enquiries from all over Ireland.”

Other Irish airports are also looking at the options for providing this service for passengers with Ireland West Airport Knock saying telling the Oireachtas Committee on Transport this week, that the likely cost would be around €150. Kerry Airport is also looking at a similar arrangement where the test would take place near the airport. Government sources have said that despite NPHET concerns about opening up travel, it is a government decision that Ireland align with other European countries in terms of reopening aviation and travel.

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