Nasopharyngeal swabs can be performed at authorized GSD facilities for the diagnosis of COVID-19. The test is a quick, painless and comprehensive diagnostic examination that allows to detect positivity to the new coronavirus.
What is the nasopharyngeal swab?
It is a diagnostic test that measures possible presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for the coronavirus epidemic) in the upper airways in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Unlike the Serological Test, the throat swab also detects the ongoing contagiousness.
How is it done?
The test is performed using a swab (similar to a cotton swab) that painlessly takes small tissue samples of the oral and nasal mucosa. No fasting or preparation is required.
After having carefully sealed it, the sample is sent to the microbiology lab and subjected to a particular procedure called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which allows the amplification of viral microorganisms and the identification of presence of pathogens.
When will I have the results?
The test produces positive or negative result for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The report is available within 48-72 hours and can be viewed online.
In addition, the Lombardy Region has activated a temporary online service to access reports of the COVID-19 swabs. You can access it from the homepage of the FSE (Electronic Health Record) site of the Lombardy Region. It is possible to use the service even if you do not have the FSE access credentials (SPID, OTP, CNS and CIE).
For more information visit the page www.fascicolosanitario.regione.lombardia.it/homepage
What to do in case of a positive result?
In the event of a positive result, the result is communicated to the competent health authorities (ATS) and the patient is required to isolate him-/herself until further indications from the aforementioned authorities.
At the GSD facilities nasopharyngeal swab for private patients costs € 82.
How to book and where to do non-obligatory swab as a private patient?
Contact International Patients office for support in booking your nasopharyngeal swab either by calling 02.912300310 or via email email@example.com .
Ospedale San Raffaele (via Olgettina 60, 20132 Milan)
The swab is performed:
- at the San Gabriele Dibit2 sampling room, floor -1, from Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 12.30.
- at the Sector R sampling room, floor -1, from Monday to Friday from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
Sant'Ambrogio Clinical Institute / Palazzo della Salute, Viale Teodorico 25, 20149 Milan
Book the nasopharyngeal swab:
- by calling 02.83468966 from Monday to Saturday, from 12.00 to 18.00
- by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is €82.
Policlinico San Donato (piazza Edmondo Malan 2, 20097, San Donato Milanese, Milan)
Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute (via Riccardo Galeazzi 4, 20161, Milan)
The nasopharyngeal swab performed from Monday to Friday from 18.00 to 19.15. Cost is €82.
You can book the tampon only online.
Punti RAF Resnati
For information and booking of the swab in one of the RAF points located in Milan contact the International patients call-center on 02.58187818. Cost is €82.
Smart Clinic Oriocenter
For information and booking the swab as a private patient call 035.0692159 or book online. Cost is € 82
The reports can be viewed online, after receiving a text message or an e-mail confirming their availability.
Mandatory swabs for those returning from countries at risk: how it works and where to do it
Mandatory swabs for travelers at Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo)
Travelers returning from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Spain starting October 12 can perform a swab for the diagnosis of COVID-19 directly at Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, in a special structure set up outside the "Arrivals" area.
The service is coordinated by ATS Bergamo, tests are carried out by the health personnel of the Bergamo’ hospitals. The service is by reservation at 02.87370510 or by direct access. The swab is free of charge and provided by the SSR.
Opening hours (November 9-15):
- Monday 9.00-12.00 15.00-17.00 20.30-22.00
- Tuesday 9.00-12.00 15.00-17.00 20.30-22.00
- Wednesday 9.00-12.00 15.00-17.00 20.30-22.00
- Thursday 18.00-22.00
- Friday 9.00-12.00 18.00-22.00
- Saturday 9.00-12.00 18.00-22.00
- Sunday 9.00-12.00 18.00-22.00
Note: Travelers are advised to complete the self-certification form before undergoing the nasopharyngeal swab test.
Mandatory swabs for travelers at Linate Airport
Starting October 9 all passengers entering Italy from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Spain (after a stay or a transit in the aforementioned countries 14 days prior to arrival in Italy) can perform the diagnostic swab at the Linate airport at the COVID-19 test area, from 8.00 to 20.00 in the baggage reclaim area on the "Arrivals" floor.
The service is coordinated by the ATS Milan in collaboration with the Policlinico San Donato. The swab is free of charge (provided by the SSR) and does not require reservation.
To access the service, go to the test area with your travel document (certifying that you come from one of the countries indicated above) and an identity document, always remembering to respect the rules of hygiene and social distancing.
The results of the swab will be sent, as soon as they are available, to your email address indicated in the form.
As an alternative to the test at the airport, passengers arriving from the countries indicated above can undergo a free mandatory swab within 48 hours of entering the country by booking it at one of the following Gruppo San Donato facilities:
- Policlinico San Donato;
- Istituto Clinica Sant’Ambrogio – Palazzo della Salute.
You can book a swab at 02.87370510, Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 19.00, Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 to 17.00.
Mandatory self-certification for those returning from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Spain
Those who have been or have passed through Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Spain are required to report their entry into Italy to the local public health authority.
For those living or planning to be in the province of Milan, information will be forwarded to ATS Milan by completing an online form on the ATS Milan website at this link.
For those who live or plan to be in the province of Bergamo, information will be forwarded to ATS Bergamo by completing an online form at this link.