Updated on 23/11/2020

Covid-19: two new screening centers on departure in Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly




Paris Aéroport collaborates with the Cerballiance laboratory to set up a Covid-19 screening center on departure in Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris-Orly airport.


Passengers on departure can take an appointment online for Paris-CDG airport and for Paris-Orly airport on the doctolib.fr website in one of the laboratories of the Cerballiance network or in an airport screening center. Passengers will be guaranteed a result (in french and english) within 48 hrs for an RT-PCR test and within 1 to 2 hrs maximum for an antigen test.


To fly safely, and if it's possible, we recommend that you come to the airport with your RT-PCR or antigenic test already done in a laboratory in the city.


Which test for which destination?


Please note that the sanitary standards currently in force are evolving rapidly and are different in each country where you travel. For now, many countries still only recognize RT-PCR - not antigenic - tests, within 72 hrs. or 48 hrs, as being valid for boarding.

For this reason, passengers are advised to contact their airlines to confirm the precise sanitary conditions for their travel. More information also available on our dedicated page and on the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website.



Important information


Only passengers with a valid flight ticket can get into the terminals. All the passengers with a personal ticket travelling from Paris-Orly or Paris-Charles de Gaulle are allowed to use this facility. 

You can get tested at Paris-CDG or Paris-Orly up to 72 hrs before your flight. You will need to present your flight ticket and the Doctolib booking confirmation to reach the terminal.

Please note: travellers who have an antigen test the day of departure must have the test before check-in. 

Many countries currently only recognize the validity of RT-PCR - not antigenic - tests. Other destinations or countries should progressively recognize negative antigenic tests within 72 hrs. Passengers are invited to contact their airlines and must also check the sanitary conditions on the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website as well as the conditions on departure from Paris airports.


How to get to the screening centers?


You must take an appointment


Passengers who want to have an RT-PCR or antigen test at the airport screening center must take an appointment online. To arrange the appointment, you will have to justify your travel with your flight ticket.

You can get tested 
at Paris-CDG or Paris-Orly up to 72 hrs before your flight. You will need to present your flight ticket and the Doctolib booking confirmation to reach the terminal.


These antigenic and RT-PCR tests are currently covered by the French National Health Insurance, including for foreign passengers or without social security registration.




Location and opening hours


The Cerballiance testing centers in the airport are in the public area.
Public reception will be interrupted 1 hour before the closing time.

→ At Paris-Charles de Gaulle:


Location: 
Terminal 2E, departures area, opposite gate 17. 
Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday from 7:00 à 17:00, and Sunday & bank holiday from 7:00 à 12:00. 


→ At Paris-Orly:


Location:
Orly 1A, at the arrivals level in the baggage delivery room. 
Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday from 7:00 to 19:00, and on Sunday & bank holiday from 7:00 to 12:00.
Please note that the morning booking slots, from 7:00 to 11:00, are dedicated to antigenic tests.

 

 



How long does it take to get the result of my test?


Antigenic tests


You can obtain the results (in french and english) within a maximum of 2hrs, 
depending on the number of people and the time needed to carry out all the stages of the screening: reception, sampling, analysis, administrative formalities and distribution of the results.

For people who have to be tested at the airport the same day of the flight, we recommend 2 hrs or more between arrival at the screening center and the delivery of the result.

Overseas travel: antigenic tests carried out in a laboratory, at the airport, in a pharmacy or by a health professional (nurse) are authorized.


RT-PCR tests


The RT-PCR test results done at the airport are sent to passengers (in french and english) by dematerialised way, by text message or email. They also can be consulted on Cerballiance's website within 48 hrs maximum.








Frequently asked questions


How long is the maximum and minimum time to obtain the results of an antigen test done at the airport? Is it possible to guarantee the results before my flight? 

We recommend passengers to anticipate their test (antigenic or RT-PCR) before their flight departure date, in order to come to the airport with a negative Covid-19 test already in their possession. 

Results will be delivered within a maximum of 2 hrs, depending on the number of passengers; time to carry out all the stages of the screening: reception, sampling, analysis, administrative formalities and distribution of the results.

Passengers will receive a paper copy of the results at the end of their test. However, we advise you to allow 2 hrs or more between your arrival at the screening center and the delivery of the result. 

How long is the maximum and minimum time to obtain the results of an RT-PCR test done at the airport? Is it possible to guarantee the results before my flight?

Results for an RT-PCR test done in Paris airports can be delivered within a maximum of 48 hrs.

Please note, that the time required to get the results depends on the number of people visiting your screening center. 

I plan to do my antigen test at the airport on the day of my departure. When do I have to do it? Can I get tested after check-in?

Passengers who get an antigen test on the same day of departure must do the test first and get the results before checking in

Can we have priority? Is it possible to pay more for a fast result? 

No, there is no prioritization. Reservation slots are available on the doctolib.fr platform, guaranteeing that travelers can be taken in charge during a given time slot.

At Paris-Orly, morning reservation slots, from 7:00 to 11:00, are dedicated to antigenic tests.

Patient admissions at the test centers in the Paris airports are by appointment only, even if you have a prescription, symptoms (fevers, runny nose, etc.) or if you are a contact case. 

It is not possible to get results faster by paying more. 

Can we have test center addresses close to Paris airports?

Passengers on departure can take an appointment in a Cerballiance network laboratory or in an airport screening center via the Doctolib platform.

Take an appointment for Paris-CDG airport
Take an appointment for Paris-Orly airport

How will I receive my results (email or post)? 

Analysis results can be downloaded from the Cerballiance website by clicking on the "Access my results" tab. You will be notified by email or text message (previously given at Cerballiance) when the results will be available online. It is important not to delete this email or text message to have access to your results.

I have deleted, lost or have not received the email and/or text message with login details to consult the results on the Cerballiance website, what should I do?

If you have deleted, lost or have not received the email or text message which lets you have your results back, you can send an email with your name, first name and date of birth to the following address:

For Paris-CDG: covid.IDFE@cerballiance.fr
For Paris-Orly: Orly.ADP@cerballiance.fr

It is useless to send an email before 48 hrs. after your test, because it will not be taken in consideration.

The email or text message will be sent to you (for reasons of medical confidentiality, no results will be sent to an email address or mobile phone other than those communicated during the nasopharyngeal swab).

What kind of documents will I have when I come for the test?  Will I receive a document (with date and time) proving that I am waiting for the results?

Analysis results can be downloaded from the Cerballiance website by clicking on the "Access my results" tab. You will be notified by email or text message (previously given at Cerballiance) when the results will be available online. It is important not to delete this email or text message to have access to your results.

Antigenic tests
In our airports, results will be delivered within a maximum of 2 hrs, depending on the number of passengers; time to carry out all the stages of the screening: reception, sampling, analysis, administrative formalities and distribution of the results. Passengers will receive a printed copy of their test results. 

For people who have to be tested at the airport the same day of the flight, we recommend 2 hrs or more between arrival at the screening center and the delivery of the result.


PCR tests
The RT-PCR test results done at the airport are sent to passengers by dematerialized way, by text message or email within 48 hrs maximum.

Which documents do I need to present to do the test? If I'm a European citizen, do I need my European Health Insurance Card? 

Any person holding a registered travel document departing from a Parisian airport is eligible.

The European Health Insurance Card is not required as all RT-PCR tests are supported on French soil, including for patients without Health Insurance or for those from abroad.

What are the official procedures for getting tested? Is the test free of charge? Can a person of foreign nationality do the test? 

RT-PCR and antigenic tests done in the Paris airports are free of charge, including for patients without French National Health Insurance or patients from abroad. However, passengers are required to show a personal flight ticket to be able to do a test.

Could I be refused?

The access to the center will not be refused if the patient respects all the conditions of access to screening.
The Cerballiance laboratory can refuse a person who would represent a danger to the safety of the staff, or any disturbance to public order. 
Without a personal flight ticket, you will not be able to do a test in the Paris airports. 

In which countries testing is required?

The sanitary standards currently in force are evolving rapidly and are different in each country where you travel. For now, many countries still only recognize RT-PCR - not antigenic - tests, within 72 hrs or 48 hrs, as being valid for boarding.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines to confirm the precise sanitary conditions for their travel. More information also available on our dedicated page and on the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website.


Starting when a child has to test negative in countries that require it?

We invite you to get in touch with your airline. The conditions of entry to each country are likely to change on a regular basis.

Airlines

Are there any medical contraindications to this test for some pathologies?

No.

Who proceeds with the samples? Do the staff have a medical degree or training?

Nasopharyngeal samples are performed by authorized healthcare staff in conformity with the order published in the Official Journal of 24 July 2020.
These include medical biologists, medical laboratory technicians, state-qualified nurses, under certain conditions, students in dentistry, maieutic and pharmacy, nursing auxiliaries, firefighters, state-qualified physiotherapists and first-aid attendants in approved civil protection associations with appropriate first-aid training.