COVID-19 Testing for Travel to China

For customers who made an appointment for 2 PCR Test Package + Antigen Test with TargetDx Laboratory:

Scenario 1: You can come to our laboratory for sampling 2 days before departure. Your sample will be sent to our collaborating CLIA laboratory, Apostle Diagnostics. Apostle Diagnostics will be responsible for testing and releasing the “2-Day Before Departure” PCR test reports, and the reports will be issued the next day. On the 1 day before departure, come back to our laboratory for sampling just 30 minutes after the sampling time of the “2-Day Before Departure” test. This sampling will be tested by TargetDx Laboratory and the “1-Day Before Departure” PCR test reports will be released by TargetDx Laboratory. There is no need to make any modifications to your appointment.

Scenario 2: If you made an appointment for the “2-Day Before Departure” test with another CLIA laboratory already, you can complete the “1-Day Before Departure” PCR test with TargetDx Laboratory. Please come to our lab at your original appointment time. We will refund the price difference.

For customers who paid for Antigen testing separately, we will refund your Antigen Test fee.

To find TargetDx Laboratory on the CDC’s CLIA Laboratory Search site, please enter “Lung Cancer Proteomics” in the Laboratory Name field or enter “05D2194953” in the CLIA Number field. Lung Cancer Proteomics (dba TargetDx Laboratory) is CLIA certified. See our CLIA certificate here.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO CHINA WHO ARE TESTING AT OUR LABORATORY.

There is a new travel policy starting on July 1, 2022, for flights to China leaving on July 6, 2022. Double nucleic tests are required 2 and 1 day before the flight date. Antigen testing is no longer required. The new policy applies to all flights departing on July 6, 2022.

1) All passengers must have TWO(2) PCR tests, two days and one day before their flight.

  • The first PCR Test is within 48 hours from the flight date and time.
  • The second PCR Test is within 24 hours from the flight date.
  • Each test must be taken at a different CLIA-certified laboratory, 1 day apart.
  • This is required for all China-bound travelers.

2) Other Important Information from TargetDx Laboratory

  • We will no longer report results to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China.
  • We are a current CLIA-certified laboratory. Our name is Lung Cancer Proteomics (dba TargetDx Laboratory).
  • Passport and vaccine information will no longer be on the test report.
  • Collection Date and Result Date will be on the test report, but no hours.
  • Simple Nasopharyngeal (Nasal Swab) or Nasopharyngeal Swab is acceptable.
  • We are working in collaboration with Apostle to collect samples for them and for Apostle to collect samples for TargetDx Laboratory. Please select the 2 PCR packages. Each PCR result will come from 2 different CLIA-certified laboratories: Lung Cancer Proteomics dba TargetDx Laboratory and Apostle Diagnostics. The collection site will be the same.

We are open for test sample collection Monday – Saturday from 8 AM – 4:00 PM.

We look forward to serving your travel testing needs! Book directly through our website, or through your patient portal if you have tested with us before. Any new updates will be posted on our booking and website.

COVID-19 Testing for Travel to China

TargetDx Laboratory work closely with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China to ensure our reporting and documentations are compliant and meet all requirements for COVID-19 testing for travel to China. Requirements may change at any time as deemed by the general consulate and we will change our tests accordingly.

We Offer:

Currently required tests: 2 COVID-19 PCR NAAT RT-PCR, 1 Day apart from 2 CLIA certified laboratories.

COVID-19 tests we offer for travel to China are:

1) China Travel Full Package: 2 PCR Tests, 1 Day Apart, 2 CLIA Laboratories. (San Jose Lab or SFO Airport, $320) – Recommended

This package includes 2 PCR tests processed in two different CLIA laboratories. The first sample is collected 2 days before the flight and the second sample is collected 1 day before the flight.

The first PCR specimen will be sent to a different CLIA testing laboratory (Apostle Diagnostic) on the same day as the collection day. The testing laboratory will process the samples and send the results to the traveler by the next day at 2 PM. The second PCR specimen collected the day before the flight will be processed by TargetDx Laboratory and the results will be available between 3 – 6 PM.

2) COVID19 NAAT RT-PCR Test, Guaranteed Same Day Result (San Jose Lab or SFO Airport,  $160)

This is a COVID19 PCR test with guaranteed same-day results. This can be used for international travel (i.e., China, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and more) or for other reasons (i.e., school, work, events). The COVID-19 viral test is PCR-based and looks for an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. This test determines if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2. Results are available the same day between 4 – 6 PM.

3) COVID19 NAAT RT-PCR Test, Guaranteed 3-hour Result (San Jose Lab, $220)

This is a COVID19 PCR test with results guaranteed in 3 hours. This can be used for international travel (i.e., China, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and more) or for other reasons (i.e., school, work, events). The COVID-19 viral test is PCR-based and looks for an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. This test determines if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Our collection site address and hours are:

San Francisco Airport Collection Site:

Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport-North, Strategy Room, 2nd Floor

373 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080

Monday – Saturday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

San Jose Collection Site:

TargetDx Laboratory

6541 Via Del Oro, Suite A, San Jose, CA 95119

Monday – Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

An appointment is required.

FAQ for Travel

Is TargetDx Laboratory a CLIA-certified testing facility as required by the SF Chinese Consulate?

Yes, TargetDx Laboratory (aka Lung Cancer Proteomics) is a CLIA-certified lab, and our COVD-19 PCR tests are authorized for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and performed by laboratories in the United States who are certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), 42 U.S.C. §263a, to perform high complexity tests.

Does TargetDx have its own lab and where?

Yes, we have a collection and laboratory site located at 6541 Via Del Oro, Suite A and B, San Jose, CA 95119. Please go to Suite A for your appointment for a Collection. Additional site locations will be available on the schedule portal.

Our phone is 219-510-0120 and our email is info@targetdxlab.com

What COVID-10 tests do you offer for Travel to China?

We offer the following China Travel Packages:

Currently required tests: 2 COVID-19 PCR NAAT RT-PCR, 1 Day apart from 2 CLIA certified laboratories.

COVID-19 tests we offer for travel to China are:

1) China Travel Full Package: 2 PCR Tests, 1 Day Apart, 2 CLIA Laboratories. (San Jose Lab or SFO Airport, $320).

This package includes 2 PCR tests and is processed in two different CLIA laboratories. The first PCR is collected 2 days before the flight and the second PCR test is collected 1 day before the flight. The first PCR specimen will be sent to a different CLIA Testing laboratory (Apostle Diagnostic) on the same day as the collection day. The Testing laboratory will process the samples and send the result to the traveler by the next day at 2 PM. The second PCR specimen collected the Day before the flight will be processed by TargetDx Laboratory and results will be available between 3-6 PM.

2) COVID19 NAAT RT-PCR Test, Guaranteed Same Day Result (San Jose Lab or SFO Airport, $160)

This is a COVID19 PCR test with guaranteed same-day results. This can be used for international travel (i.e., China, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and more) or for other reasons (i.e., school, work, events). The COVID-19 viral test is PCR-based and looks for an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. This test determines if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2. Results are available the same day between 4-6 PM.

3) COVID19 NAAT RT-PCR Test, Guaranteed 3-Hour Result (San Jose Lab, $220)

This is a COVID19 PCR test with results guaranteed in 3 hours. This can be used for international travel (i.e., China, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and more) or for other reasons (i.e., school, work, events). The COVID-19 viral test is PCR-based and looks for an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. This test determines if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2.

 

How do I make a travel test appointment? What do I need to bring to the appointment?

Appointments for travel testing can be booked online at www.targetdxlab.com. Click Book Your Test and follow the instructions on how to register. China Travel Package includes PCR and Antibody tests, documentation, and submission to the consulate at the appropriate turnaround times.

Make sure to complete your profile online, and upload your passport and vaccination record. Ensure that your information is accurate (i.e., name spelling, date of birth, gender, passport number, vaccination shots).

What is your rescheduling or cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations will incur a 15% transaction fee per appointment.

Rescheduling Policy: No fees for rescheduling. 

If your sample has already been collected, no refund will be issued.

How long does it take to get my results?

If you are traveling to China, your results are available between 3-6 PM.

Results are normally sent out by email and through your patient portal. If you have not received them when you are supposed to, check your patient portal and your spam and junk folders in your email. When checking your junk folder, you may need to do a search for “targetdxlab”. You can also email info@targetdxlab.com.

How do I get my test result(s)?

We will email a copy of your test result as an encrypted and password-protected PDF file, as well as provide you with a patient portal for access. Please make sure to check your spam and junk mail. If you have not received your results by 9 PM, please email info@targetdxlab.com or log-in to your patient portal to access your result.

Are COVID-19 travel test covered by my insurance?

We do not accept insurance for travel testing, you will first need to pay out of pocket, and then ask your insurance to reimburse. You will need to check with your insurance provider to see if they will reimburse you for travel testing.

What is the difference between PCR and Antigen Testing?

The PCR molecular test for active infection involves collecting swab specimens from your nose or throat depending on the specific test platform and uses nucleic acid amplification to detect infection. Laboratory-based nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) are considered the most sensitive tests for detecting SARS-CoV-2, and they can also be used to confirm the results of lower sensitivity tests.

The antigen test involves collecting a swab specimen from your nose. Antigen tests are much less sensitive than real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and other nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Antigen tests detects active, HIGH viral load SARS-CoV-2 infections.

From our internal collections, we see an estimated of 80% (or more) PCR positives that are not detected by Antigen testing done on the same day from the same individual. This is consistent in that Antigen testing requires HIGH viral loads for detection.

Therefore you can be positive on PCR (more sensitive and more accurate) and negative on Antigen (less sensitive and less accurate) on a same a day test.

We confirm all of our positive test results to ensure that results released are accurate.

NAAT RT-PCR COVID-19 Test and Mutations

Our molecular tests detect multiple (3) SARS-CoV-2 Targets and an MS2 phage and has a sensitivity and specificity of >99.9. We also have a rapid PCR test that detects E and N protein on the SARS-CoV-2. Since our tests is designed to detect multiple genetic targets, the overall test sensitivity should not be impacted by current variant mutations.

Are the words Serum, IgM, Venous blood (Venous) explicitly marked in the current test reports from TargetDx Laboratory?

Yes, the report explicitly states that our test detects Venous Serum or Plasma IgM, IgG, IgA, or IgM (only) or IgG (only).

Can the test reports also indicate specific testing methods including Colloidal gold, Chemiluminescence, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay? If not the above three testing methods applied, can other specific method (Methodology) be indicated in the test reports?

The method used for our Antibody test method is an Immunoassay: enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) for combine IgM, IgG, and IgA; or Colloidal Gold (IgM only, IgG only).

The method for the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) is Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR).

These are indicated on the reports.