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COVID-19 (New coronavirus) PCR TESTING

Who can take the test?

As part of our English consultation services, we offer COVID-19 PCR testing for people who need a test certificate.  Please note, this is not a service for those who have active symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing or who have had such symptoms in the past two weeks. People who have or have had such symptoms should consult the Coronavirus Consultation Center at 0120-565653 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m., open on weekdays and weekends, and holidays).

How is the test conducted?

All specimens collected via nasal vestibule swab (98% sensitivity) by 5pm of the testing day will be analyzed with results available as a PDF attached file by email or a printout certificate by 9 AM two days later.  (For example, tests taken by 5 PM on Monday will have certificates available by 9 AM on Wednesday). Expedited, one day result certificates are available at an additional charge (For example, test taken by 5 PM on Monday will have certificates available by 9 PM on Tuesday, sent by email as a PDF file). The test result arrival time may be slightly delayed if the total number of the test conducted in the nation is high on a given day.

The test fees

The costs for the COVID-19 PCR testing service are:

PCR test (If you do not need a signed certificate, a printed test result is available.) : 
29,000 yen + tax *
 
Certificate in English/Japanese for one day processing (Collecting specimen by 5 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and issuing the certificate at 9 p.m. on the next day as an attached PDF file sent by email, or receiving a printed certificate at 9 a.m. on the following day) : 
PCR test (29,000 yen) + 5,000 yen + tax *
 
Expedited fee of certificate in English/Japanese for one day processing (Collecting specimen by 5 p.m. on Friday and issuing the certificate at 9 p.m. on Saturday as an attached PDF file sent by email): 
PCR test (29,000 yen) + 8,000 yen + tax *
 
Expedited fee of certificate in English/Japanese for one day processing (Collecting specimen by 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday and issuing the certificate by 9 p.m. on Sunday as an attached PDF file sent by email): 
PCR test (29,000 yen) + 10,000 yen + tax *

* Not covered by Japanese Health Insurance

Laboratory test result in English

If you take the PCR test on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you can receive the laboratory test result in English 2 days later around 4 p.m. In case you need the test result in English on the next day, you can receive the test result in Japanese with English translation, signed by the director of the clinic for 5,000 yen plus tax.

If you take the test on Thursday, you can receive the laboratory test result in English on the following Monday (or the first weekday) around 4 p.m. In case you need the test result in English on Friday, you can receive the test result in Japanese with English translation, signed by the director of the clinic for 5,000 yen plus tax.

If you take the test on Friday, you can receive the laboratory test result in English on the following Monday (or the first weekday) around 4 p.m. In case you need the test result in English on Saturday, you can receive the test result in Japanese with English translation, signed by the director of the clinic for 8,000 yen plus tax.

If you take the test on Saturday, you can receive the laboratory test result in English on the following Monday (or the first weekday) around 4 p.m. In case you need the test result in English on Sunday, you can receive the test result in Japanese with English translation, signed by the director of the clinic for 10,000 yen plus tax.

Reservations

Reservations are required.  Please call us within our office hours. 

A valid email address is necessary to receive the test result.

What are described in the certificate?

The certificate will show the issuing date, the name of the certificate (i.e. Certificate of PCR test for COVID-19), your name, date of birth, mode of specimen collection and test (i.e. nasopharyngeal swab for SARS-CoV-2 screening using real-time PCR assay), specimen collection time (Japan standard time), specimen collection date, the result of the test (i.e. negative or positive), the name of the clinic that the test is conducted (i.e. Takadanobaba Dermatology & Plastic Surgery), printed name and signature of the medical doctor conducting the test, address of the clinic, phone number, and email address.

In case the test result turns out to be positive

In case the test result turns out to be positive, the certificate is available by a PDF file attached to an email, or by mail. You will not be allowed to re-enter the clinic until 2 weeks after further test elsewhere turns to be negative. Please consult the Coronavirus Consultation Center at 0120-565653 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., open on weekdays and weekends, and holidays).

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