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As of October 15, 2021, in order to maintain the screening strategy and continue to monitor the circulation of the virus, screening tests, antigenic, PCR and supervised self-tests, remain fully covered without advance payment for persons:

  • minors, upon presentation of an ID ;
  • with a complete vaccination schedule, upon presentation of the vaccination certificate in digital or paper format ;
  • with a contraindication to vaccination, upon presentation of the certificate of contraindication;
  • identified as a contact at risk by the Health Insurance, in the TousAntiCovid application or by the regional health agency (ARS). These people will have to present proof (e-mail, SMS, TousAntiCovid notification or personal proof from the ARS) for two tests to be paid for: the first to be carried out within 48 hours, the second to be carried out 7 days after the last contact with the sick person or 17 days after the start of their symptoms;
  • secondary school students, preparatory classes or BTS students over 18 years of age identified as being in contact with people at risk, on presentation of a standard letter from the National Education Department;
  • with a medical prescription issued by a doctor or a midwife (valid for 48 hours for a symptomatic person);
  • having a certificate of recovery less than six months old, upon presentation of the certificate in digital or paper format;
  • who must perform an RT-PCR test confirming a positive antigen test less than 48 hours old, upon presentation of the antigen test result;
  • concerned by collective screening campaigns, organized by the Regional Health Agencies or within National Education establishments;
  • traveling between metropolitan France and the overseas territories or New Caledonia and who must be tested upon arrival or after a period of isolation, upon presentation of proof of transportation and the required declaration of honor or an individual prefectural order justifying quarantine or isolation;
  • returning from a country on the orange or red list and having to carry out a quarantine test, on presentation of proof of transport and the declaration on honour provided or the individual prefectural quarantine order.



Covid-19 tests organised in the Centre-Val de Loire region



Antigenic tests allow you to know within 30 minutes if you are a carrier of the virus.
They are indicated :

  • If you have been exposed to a risk of contamination 7 days before;
  • If you want to know your situation before or after visiting your family;
  • If you have had signs for 4 days or less (fever, cold, sore throat, headache, fatigue, aches and pains, cough, chest pain, abdominal pain, diarrhoea ...).

The test results are entered into the SI-DEP software (secure) by the health professional. The data collected in SI-DEP may be reused for health surveys (follow-up of patients diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 and/or search for "contacts"), for epidemiological surveillance purposes and for research work via the health data platform.

You can access your data, you can ask for your data to be rectified if necessary and you can object to the use of your data for research purposes by contacting the data controller (Direction Générale de la Santé:

In the event of a positive test, the contact-tracing mediator recovers the names of the contact cases at risk and enters them on the CPAM's CONTACT-COVID platform (secure access). The CPAM will then contact the designated persons.

Reminder contact case: person in contact for more than 15 minutes at less than 2 m without a type 2 surgical mask or USN 1 reusable mask by both persons. This definition may evolve over time with the appearance of more contagious variants.

A negative test does not mean with certainty that you are not a symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier. Indeed, the result depends on the viral load (quantity of virus present) in the nasal mucosa, and the tests are not 100% reliable (about 30% false negative). If you have persistent signs, you should be tested again (preferably PCR) 2 to 3 days later in isolation.

If your TAG (antigenic test) is positive, a PCR screening for variants of interest will be done at the same time with a second sample, which will then be sent to a laboratory. The result is given in 1 to 2 days.