COVID 19 PCR test with laboratory stamp or QR code- 72 hours before transit flight to Egypt

Hello- I am having difficulty finding a lab that can do PCR test with a QR code or a stamp from the actual lab. I found one, but it will be difficult to get results by 72 hours before transit flight. We are flying Dulles to London (5 hour layover) to Cairo. How closely do they look at 72 hours? We leave London at 3:20 pm on Saturday. 72 hours London time? Or will they calculate that in US it is 7 hours earlier than London ? Anyone have any experience with this?

I found an urgent care that said we could come back the next day and they would stamp it with their urgent care stamp and have a Dr. Sign. Has anyone does this? What have people experienced going into Egypt? Anyone arrive from Baltimore area and have a lab that met criteria? Thank you.


  • Jill, when I look at the information Egypt requires it says 72 hours UNLESS you’re coming from London, Frankfurt and other areas they extend the time to 96 hours. Also the information says they are now accepting fully vaccinated people and don’t need the RT-PCR test. But I’m not taking any chances that the word might not have reach airport personnel! We too are changing in London and I count back from the departure time at LHR taking the time change into account.

  • We are flying out of Dulles to London and have found a lab near Dulles that will do what you have said. They said we could even pick up the paper copy on our way to the airport, but that’s too close for comfort for me. And we have Thanksgiving the day before we fly out. We’ll do the test Tuesday afternoon, which will be well within the 96 hour window for a Saturday morning departure from LHR.

  • I was told everything starts counting from the time the test is stamped. So take off the time difference. Minus your flying time, layover time. Then figure the difference between when you get the stamped results and actual departure time. For me Thanksgiving day presented a huge challenge. I leave the Friday after Thanksgiving in the evening. I found a lab near DFW that caters to international travelers with results in 30 minutes. So, I opted to have the test run on the way to the airport on Friday, so all the hours are in front of me.
    I have read on other threads that travelers were denied boarding because the text expired. Ugh.
    Jill, what’s the date of the tour you are on? I’m on November 28th.

  • We are November 21 tour - i will look into the 96 hours from London exception. Thank you. I finally found a place for $325 per person to get QR code and same day results. So that is the route I am going at this point.

  • These prices are ridiculous! I haven’t had to take a Covid test for travel yet, so not looked into it at all. I’ve been tested prior to surgery and also when my hubby had a bit of a fever and sore throat last year. We went to an urgent care. Testing was free. We were both negative and the dr said my husband’s fever wasn’t high enough for Covid in her opinion. But, our results came back many hours apart. I don’t want to even think about where we will need to go for testing until about a month before our trip goes, in the hope that testing will be a thing of the past and vaccination and booster will be the gold standard.
    Thankfully, oir Costa Rica tour doesn’t require testing…well at the moment

  • Jill, have a great time on your trip! Glad you found a place to get your test. The 96 hour reference is in your green book at the bottom of page 4.

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