No symptoms required or prescription needed for this nasal swab test to screen for Covid-19. Tests are available to all, whether insured or not, and the cost is fully reimbursed by the state for those with Carte Vitale.

PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) is a method of producing millions of copies of a specific DNA sample, allowing scientists to take a tiny sample of DNA, in this case from the nose, and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail.

As well as all the usual medical personnel, tests can also be carried out by nursing and medical students, firefighters and even first-aiders depending on the circumstances.

Ring or visit your local laboratoires d’analyses’, pop into your local pharmacie for more information or find a centre near you HERE (if you can get the website to work!)




  1. we are in france, arriving friday 10th Sept. we leave Wednesday 15th… and must take a pcr test to return to UK 3 days before.. which is Monday chaumes en brie, 77390 Can you suggest a laboratory that will provide the test for us.. Thank you.. virginia CM

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