K. Male'
26 Dec 2020 | Sat 15:45
(File photo) Velana International Airport
(File photo) Velana International Airport
Velana International Airport
ADK installs PCR laboratory at Velana International Airport
Sample drop-off point set at airport ferry terminal
Aims to increase convenience for travelers getting PCR tests
State-of-the-art laboratory geared towards high-efficacy PCR testing for COVID-19

ADK Hospital, in collaboration with LUX* resorts and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), have established a fully-functional laboratory for COVID-19 PCR testing at Velana International Airport (VIA).

ADK revealed that the laboratory is equipped with LightCycler® 480 Real-Time PCR Systems from Germany and MagNa Pure Extractors, and that this makes the installation at VIA one of the best fully-automated COVID-19 testing facilities in the world.

The aim of this laboratory is to improve the efficiency of PCR testing at the airport, with ADK stating that once operational, the lab would be able to test samples brought in by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), resorts and other islands. A drop-off point for samples has also been created at the Airport Ferry Terminal.

With the addition of this facility, ADKs capacity to conduct PCR tests increases to 2000 tests daily, and the hospital says that an increase in efficiency has been reported, with costs for conducting PCR tests having been reduced.

The price for PCR tests for Maldivians at ADK hospital was MVR 1,200 before, with the reduced price now standing at MVR 1,000. Tourists can now undergo PCR testing for USD 70, down from USD 80 before the laboratory was installed.

Last updated at: 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany
2 years ago
Harley Alves Ferreira
How long to get the result of pcr test???
2 years ago
Ananya Chakraborty
Hi, can you please tell me the price exactly of per person rt pcr test and also where is this located in the velana airport? Thanks.