COVID-19 pandemic hit the world hard. Governments and institutions employed safety precautions to curb the spread of the virus. One of the safety protocols put in place was having negative test results when entering the country. It is a requirement today that you provide a negative PCR test result at the airport before getting in the country. This makes all procedures related to COVID-19 testing and results a top priority for anyone who’s travelling.
In some countries, a negative PCR test is a requirement to move back home from another country for all employment, administrative and academic processes or other procedures of social nature. In these countries having an officially approved medical certificate showing a negative PCR test result or showing and certifying that a person is free from COVID-19 isn’t an option.
Currently, to carry out any administrative procedures or travel, you must show a certified negative PCR test result or EU Digital COVID Certificate. But what happens if you get the test in your country’s national language but you’re travelling to another country? How do you prove that PCR test results are negative to the person who you present with your certificate? How does the person certify the results?
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Negative PCR Test Result
Why translate PCR test results into English for travel?
The public health system provides the PCR tests but one can get tested privately in any approved medical laboratory. With the public health system, the test results are ready in 24 hours. With privately performed PCR tests, the process is quicker and the results plus the COVID-19 medical certificate are available on the same day.
The public health system can take up to 48 hours to provide the PCR test results especially in the case of a negative PCR test.
If your PCR test results are in any other language other than English, you’ll need PCR test result translation services. The first thing required at the airport after landing isn’t your passport but the negative PCR test results. But what if they aren’t in English? How do you get a certified translator to translate and certify the test results?
Some laboratories do provide COVID-19 test certificates in English while others don’t. It is paramount that you get your PCR test Certificate in English for travel purposes. If you get tested in a private laboratory, make sure to request the results of a negative PCR test in English. This makes the PCR test good for international travel. Here, you won’t need additional translation services and you’ll have the results ready to show the foreign authorities once you land at the airport. What about when you get your PCR test from the public health system? Chances are, you’ll need translation services to get the results ready for international travel.
To start with, not all translation service providers can provide you certified PCR test result translations. In most cases, a sworn translation of the negative PCR test in English or another language is required. For example, if the translation is done in Spain, it must be official. That means it must be signed and stamped by a translator appointed and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. This means when searching for negative PCR test results translation services, get a translator appointed and approved to avoid getting your results rejected.
What If You’re Vaccinated?
Currently, a good number of people have already been vaccinated. Some have gotten to the extent of getting the booster jab which is amazing. After vaccination, one is provided with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate which is used for travel purposes as well.
Some countries require a negative PCR test result on top of the COVI-19 vaccination certificate to be granted access to the country. What does this mean to the international traveler? Getting the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is paramount. However, make sure to check with the authorities at the destination country if the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is enough. Some countries only require this while others need the negative PCR test result only. Others require both so it’s necessary to understand what is required at your destination and arrival.
Can I request a sworn translation of my negative PCR test, vaccination certificate or COVID-19 passport?
Yes. It’s possible to request for a sworn translation of the above documents and get it on time before you travel. The test results are translated and signed then sent back to you for your international travel purposes.
If you would like a sworn translation of a PCR test into English or any other language, it’s possible and quick. You only need to:
- Send a scanned negative PCR test certificate via email, WhatsApp or Telegram. You can also send us a high quality picture of the original PCR test certificate with no external elements.
- You then get a reply from us during our business hours with a quote ad the delivery time of the translation. We provide sworn translation of the negative PCR test certificate and send it to you as soon as possible.
You don’t need to give us the original PCR test certificate. A good quality photo of the original or a good quality scanned copy is enough to give you a sworn translation of the PCR test result. The translation is provided after you confirm that you accept our offer.
For the time sensitive translation services, all you need to do is let us know so we discuss if we can work with your timeline.
How long does it take to get a sworn translation of PCR test results and vaccination certificate?
PCR tests expire quickly and the test is done urgently to ensure it’s valid for travel purposes. This means the sworn translation should be done swiftly and correctly then provided as soon as possible to ensure its valid for travel. We provide the sworn translation of all COVID-19 documentation within the first 24-48 hours.
The sworn translation is sent via email in PDF which is enough to show on the plane or at the airport upon arrival.
This means if you get a negative PCR test result and send it to us, you can get it on your way to the airport or before you land at your destination. If you have time, you can choose to pick up the paper version of the translated documents from any of our offices. However, majority of the sworn translations of the negative PCR test results have been accepted in the digital version. It is easier and convenient. There’s also no risk of losing it as you have a digital version on your phone plus you receive it quickly anytime, anywhere.
Main languages of the sworn translations of negative PCR test results
A vast majority of the PCR test certificates are officially translated into English for travel purposes. This applies for most international travel purposes when the results must be shown on the plane or to the airport authorities upon arrival.
If you had your test in a private laboratory and your document is already in English, the you’re sorted. But what if your document is in English but you want to travel to Spain? If so, make sure to liaise with Spanish authorities to know whether you need the PCR test results translated into Spanish. There are cases where people were required to provide the Spanish version of the test and other times when an English version is required in Spain.
Some clients don’t like taking risks and prefer having a translation of the PCR test result in the official national language of the destination country. It’s better to be on the safe side than getting to the destination country only to be held up at the airport as you don’t have a sworn translation of the COVID-19 certificate proving completion of the vaccination of a negative PCR test result. As you arrange your trip, most of these requirements are listed when booking a flight and the requirements well detailed.
The airline mostly provides all the information needed before you travel. If you have any queries or concerns, it’s advisable to check with the company you are travelling with and the embassy of the destination country. It is much better to be informed and know everything about the protocols put in place on the plane and in the destination country to avoid getting surprised and frustrated when travelling.
Request a sworn translation of a PCR test, vaccination certificate, and other COVID-19 documents
All your PCR test translations are given maximum priority and urgency. This is done to avoid inconveniences in your travel. We also treat all your documentation with confidentiality, respect, diligence, and accuracy.
We provide you with sworn translations that are officially recognized and signed by professional translators. In Spain, these translators are appointed and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from English into Spanish translations and other languages into Spanish. We strive to help you even if you require translations in any other languages apart from English and Spanish.