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Rapid PCR tests at Ben Gurion Airport will soon offer results in 4 hours — report

Channel 12 says optional fast coronavirus tests, just as reliable as regular ones, will cost double the price and allow shorter quarantine for arrivals

A medical technician tests a traveler for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion Airport, on June 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
A medical technician tests a traveler for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion Airport, on June 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Ben Gurion Airport will soon begin offering fast PCR tests for arrivals with results in just three to four hours, instead of the current 24, Channel 12 news reported Sunday.

The tests are said to be just as reliable as regular coronavirus PCR tests. But with results coming much faster, quarantine would be significantly shorter for those arriving in Israel.

According to the report, the tests will be double the price of a regular PCR test: NIS 160 ($50) instead of NIS 80.

According to the network, the company that wins a new tender to operate the testing complex at the airport will be required to offer arrivals both the standard and rapid PCR test.

The move was promoted by the Health Ministry, Channel 12 said.

Currently, those landing in Israel are required to isolate until receiving a negative test result conducted upon arrival or for a 24-hour period, whichever comes first.

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