Do you need to translate COVID-19 test results for an upcoming trip abroad?
With DHCTranslations, you will have qualified professional translators at your service, with same-day turnaround times, attractive prices and excellent customer service.
Our certified translations of COVID-19 test results are accepted by airports, immigration agents, airlines and other authorities. At DHCTranslations, we understand the requirements of each authority and are able to provide certified, sworn, notarised and legalised translations that are globally acceptable.
It goes without saying that overseas travel has become very limited and extremely complicated since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
However, international travel still occurs, albeit with often strict new regulations on your health and particularly if you suffer from one of the typical flu symptoms of COVID-19. There are some countries that are virtually closed entirely to anyone other than a normal citizen or resident. Canada and Australia are examples. Others allow inbound travel as long as you’re willing to spend a couple of weeks in quarantine or self-isolation (typically at home or in an approved hotel or guesthouse).
COVID-19 rules and requirements often change rapidly as the number of infections increases and decreases around the world. Usually, it’s easy to find what each individual country requires just by checking on Google. Make sure you are using a government website and that it contains up-to-date information and not just someone’s blog.
In addition to finding out how to actually get to your international destination, you also need to know what the entry requirements are, including whether you need a COVID-19 test certificate and how long before your flight or trip you should have it. We assume that you will need all essential documents (excluding passport) translated before travel.
All documents except the COVID-19 certificate can be translated well in advance to avoid delays, but the negative proof certificate will need to be translated shortly before travel to be valid.
Some countries are starting to open their borders to foreign travelers, including tourists, or have already done so, but they insist that you take a COVID-19 test before you leave your country. The test must show that you are negative and in most cases it must have been taken within a short time before the trip, typically no older than 3 or 4 days. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test can take the form of a COVID-19 certificate. If you have actually recovered from COVID-19 in the past few months, an antibody test can also prove that you are immune to it and cannot pass it on to someone else, although there is still no clear evidence that immunity is gained from a previous infection.
Having a COVID-19 certificate is not a guarantee that you will be allowed to enter a particular country requiring it, without an additional test or even an additional fifteen-day quarantine. Because the virus is easily transmitted when in close contact with other people, anyone with a negative COVID-19 test certificate can still be infected while in transit at an airport or while waiting in an airport lounge or on an airplane or other means of public transport.
Note that entry requirements for many countries at the moment and likely for the foreseeable future are very fluid. Information on Covid-19 testing requirements from a third party website can become out of date very quickly. It is always best to check the official government website of the country you want to travel to before making your travel arrangements.
In addition to all this, it is also important to know that if you intend to visit a country where the official language is not yours, all the documentation required to enter that country, including a COVID-19 certificate, must be translated by a sworn translator in the language of that country.
Immigration and health officials at arriving airports cannot be expected to understand a COVID-19 certificate that you produce in English if you arrive at a Greek airport, for example. They may also not accept documents like this unless they have been reliably translated. Many countries require documents to have been translated by an approved translator they can rely on for honesty and accuracy.
This is where DHCTranslations comes in. Here at DHCTranslations we can translate your COVID-19 test certificate into virtually any other language using officially approved certified local translators. Where sworn translations are needed, these too can be quickly arranged.
Last updated: 27/05/2022
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