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COVID-19 tests

Several types of COVID-19 tests are available at our Institute as well.

The high level of interest in coronavirus testing has proportionally increased the workload of the laboratory evaluating the tests. Due to laboratory overload, the time for reporting results may exceed the indicated 48 hours. Thank you for your understanding!

1. SARS-CoV-2 IgM in vitro early antibody test

The test shows early antibody levels triggered by the COVID-19 infection. It becomes positive at the earliest from day 7 after infection. It is important that a PCR test can make a distinction between an ongoing infection and an infection that is no longer active.

Price: 13,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

No preparations are needed for the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed on venous blood.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What results can the test show?

The result can be “negative”, or “positive
In the event of a “positive” test result, we will notify you in the medical opinion and inform you about the further steps required.

2. SARS-CoV-2 IgG in vitro test

The test shows antibody levels triggered by the COVID-19 infection. Thus, the test may be positive for an infection that is currently active or one that has occurred earlier and is no longer active. It is important that a PCR test can make a distinction between an ongoing infection and an infection that is no longer active.

Price: 15,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

No preparations are needed for the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed on venous blood.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What results can the test show?

The result can be “negative” or “positive
In the event of a “positive” test result, we will notify you in the medical opinion and inform you about the further steps required.

3. SARS-CoV-2 IgM és IgG in vitro combined antibody test

The test shows early and late antibody levels triggered by the COVID-19 infection. Thus, the test may be positive for an infection that is currently active or one that has occurred earlier and is no longer active. It is important that a PCR test can make a distinction between an ongoing infection and an infection that is no longer active.

Price: 26,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

No preparations are needed for the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed on venous blood.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What results can the test show?

The result can be “negative”, or “positive
In the event of a “positive” test result, we will notify you in the medical opinion and inform you about the further steps required.

4. SARS-CoV-2 PCR test

The PCR test detects the presence of the virus’s RNA in a sample taken from the pharynx and nose even before the onset of symptoms. One of the prerequisites for a successful test is the correct sampling and the presence of an adequate virus count in the sample. The test provides an answer as to whether the patient is infected with the virus at the time of the sampling.

Price: 19,500 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

In order to ensure the accuracy of the sampling’s result, the patient must not eat, drink, brush teeth, smoke or perform any activity that may affect the density and composition of mucous secretions during the 8-10 hours before sampling. E.g. you should not use mouthwash, consume candy or chew gum. Patients should only drink clean water even if they are very thirsty. However, if possible, this should be avoided 6 hours before the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed via an oral sample taken from the posterior pharynx and a sample taken from the nose.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What happens if the result is positive?

The result can be “negative”, “positive”, or “sample cannot be evaluated”.
If the test result is “sample cannot be evaluated”, further testing is required.
In case the result is “positive”, the patient will be notified by phone and will receive information about the further steps.



A comparison of the sensitivity and specificity of each test is provided in the table below:

Sensitivity is the percentage of infected people among actually infected people who test negative for the virus.
Specificity is the percentage of healthy people among actually healthy people who test negative for the virus.
This means that if both values are high for a test, the probability of a false-negative and false-positive result is small.

  Sensitivity
 Specificity
SARS-CoV-2 PCR test
   99%
   >99%
SARS-CoV-2 lgG in vitro test
   99%    >99%


If you would like to make an appointment or ask for more information, call our dispatcher service on weekdays between 08:00 and 20:00 on +36 1 489 5200!

Patient safety protocol

We consider the safety of our patients and our professionals to be of the utmost importance, therefore, in accordance with the current regulations in force, we implement several protective measures against COVID-19 in our Institute, which you can read about in detail HERE.

A negative PCR test is required for oral and other body cavity examinations or interventions if the patient had a positive PCR test in the last 3 weeks prior to the test.

The high level of interest in coronavirus testing has proportionally increased the workload of our telephone customer service. In order to improve our service, we provide a dedicated telephone line for corona virus test appointments: +36 1 999-1727
At the above telephone number - on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. - our colleagues only book appointments for coronavirus testing.

To download the on-site pre-screening questionnaire, please click HERE!

In order to provide mandatory information to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) in accordance with legal regulations, the basic condition for starting care for all Hungarian citizens is to provide the number of the social security identification card ("TAJ kártya") and to provide credible proof of your personal data. In the case of foreign nationals who do not have a TAJ, the number of the foreign travel document will be recorded.