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I am hoping to hear from people who have experienced providing covid tests results at the airport.

My problem is the 72-hour window.  My two choices are to show up at the airport with a test result that is 74 - 78 hours old, or 50 - 54 hours old.

The doctor is concerned the shorter time frame is not enough time to get a result (risky). And of course, my concern is the older test results will be refused as they are not in the window.

I want to hear from people who have been through the experience. Do they allow some leeway since planes leave at all times of the day, and labs label the test from the time they process it? making it  unlikely to have the full 72 hours.

My airline is All Nippon Air, I cannot get through their customer service to speak to actual person. So, any input will help me decide what to do. Consulate does not know either.

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My covid 19 test had the collected time and the lab result time. The Korean air staff at JFK didn't check deeply into it they just looked at the "not detected" I didn't really see them count out the days or look at the time specifically it was a quick glance. At Bangkok it was an even quicker glance. What country are you located in? I got my test results the next day for covid 19, is there any quicker clinic that offers it near you?. 

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5 minutes ago, Wars said:

My covid 19 test had the collected time and the lab result time. The Korean air staff at JFK didn't check deeply into it they just looked at the "not detected" I didn't really see them count out the days or look at the time specifically it was a quick glance. At Bangkok it was an even quicker glance. What country are you located in? I got my test results the next day for covid 19, is there any quicker clinic that offers it near you?. 

Was your test within the 72 hours though?

 

I am in Canada, everything goes through provincial labs. I got my first result back in 66 hours which wouldn't work if I went the shorter option.

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14 minutes ago, canuckamuck said:

Was your test within the 72 hours though?

 

I am in Canada, everything goes through provincial labs. I got my first result back in 66 hours which wouldn't work if I went the shorter option.

 

The Thai embassy in Australia told me that the result (i.e. the medical certificate) needs to be within 72 hours. If you check the wording of what they require the medical certificate has to be within the 72 hours, so this is in line with what the embassy told me. The embassy even told me some people took the tests 7 days in advance.

 

I had a sort of similar problem to you - I was flying from rural Australia into Sydney for the flight, and I needed to allow some days before the flight due to domestic flight cancellations etc. So my window was tight. The test was actually more than 72 hours, but the result came through within the 72 hours. It was fine. I did though ask my doctor not to put the test date on there, just the result date.

 

It sounds like you have no option but to go for the longer window. Just try and not have the precise test date / time on there. My doctor understood that I needed to get back to Thailand for work after being locked out for months, and he knew I was covid negative, so he was accommodating. 

 

I can also tell you that both at Sydney and Bangkok airport they only gave it a cursory glance. It really is just to try and lower the number of positive covid people coming in. They know it is not perfect.

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1 hour ago, canuckamuck said:

I am in Canada, everything goes through provincial labs. I got my first result back in 66 hours which wouldn't work if I went the shorter option.

I suggest looking deeper into it.

When I was calling around different doctor offices around here (U.S.) the universal response was that all testing is being done through the centralized labs.

Then on the local news sites I hit a few articles mentioning quick self-paid private lab testing.

What was puzzling is that so many in the field are not even aware of that option.

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I would say the Thai embassy in Ottawa or the official consulate in Vancouver are the only ones that can help you. They are the ones that need proof of your test 72 hours before your repatriation flight and the fit fly certificate.

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Considering the various requirements of documentation to get approved to return to Thailand I don't know that I would expect the airline to accept anything outside the required guideline of 72 hours. To get turned down for boarding because you take a chance and exceed the timeline isn't worth the risk in my mind. It was my understanding the 72 hours before departure is for testing date, not results. I may be wrong on that and I'm sure more knowledgeable people will chime in.

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I flew in from the Philippines yesterday.

I think as long as result is within 72 hours its ok.

A lady at my hotel was that,result 72 hours before.When we got to hotel she was ordered to have another test at her expense 6000 baht.

I paid a lot for my test to be done within 48 hours and did not require the extra test.

 

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

I would say the Thai embassy in Ottawa or the official consulate in Vancouver are the only ones that can help you. They are the ones that need proof of your test 72 hours before your repatriation flight and the fit fly certificate.

I did talk to the consulate, she said they weren't looking at the forms at departure, it was the airline. She couldn't answer my question about being a few hours over the 72.

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18 minutes ago, canuckamuck said:

my airline is All Nippon Air

is that a repat flight?

The only known repatriation flight departing Toronto is on August 18th

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58 minutes ago, canuckamuck said:

I did talk to the consulate, she said they weren't looking at the forms at departure, it was the airline. She couldn't answer my question about being a few hours over the 72.

 

When I flew Emirates only gave it a cursory look. I had no time stamp, only a date stamp. You could try calling the airline to check the precise requirement they have been given.

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Where I was the Embassy stated issued 72 hours before travelling. The certificate was not checked in any detail on departure, but was checked in more detail at Don Mueang, maybe as I travelled on the first flight to land there with non- Thai citizens on it.

 

All checks and Immigration took less than 5 minutes. This took place in a temporary facility which had been hurriedly set up and staffed.

 

At least one poster stated that he/she was required to have another test on arrival at hotel after Certificate was checked at SVB.

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I don't understand the problem, you have stated you have the option to get a test that is 50 something hours old, well within the 72 hours timeframe that the Thai government wants, so what exactly is your problem?

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Nice little earner all these unnecessary tests! How much do they cost and what exactly do they detect? 

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6 hours ago, farmerjo said:

I flew in from the Philippines yesterday.

I think as long as result is within 72 hours its ok.

A lady at my hotel was that,result 72 hours before.When we got to hotel she was ordered to have another test at her expense 6000 baht.

I paid a lot for my test to be done within 48 hours and did not require the extra test.

 

Thank you for sharing.

I have read about others who were ordered to get a test as their original test was 72 hours +

 

The result sheet for Covid does not show the time of testing, but the date.

so how do they determine if the 72 hours window has elapsed?

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