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Anyone test positive in Italy?

What happens next? I tested positive at the pharmacy then went to my hotel and tested negative with the home antigen test. If after 7 days I am still positive will I have to continue quarantine? I have never been symptomatic

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First of all, if you have a positive test followed by a negative test, I would definitely do a retest at the pharmacy or another location. You want to confirm that you really do have a positive test.

You do need to follow any quarantine requirements of your host country. Your hotel should be able to help you will determining what those are.

You can return to the US after you either test negative on an official test or have a certificate of recovery. Explicit information about a certificate of recovery is available on a thread in the same category (covid 19 and travel) that you posted this question.

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I have a second Rick Steve’s trip 13 days Italy my way starting on May 6. That is in 10 days. I had 11 days in Sicily which it appears I will miss unless I test negative am allowed to join them later. I take it that the certificate of recovery is only if you are going back to the USA. Not ready for that. Would like to finish. As I said I have absolutely no symptoms. I am getting another test tomorrow afternoon. If I test positive after 7 days even with no symptoms then what? I have heard you could test positive potentially for a long time. Any suggestions? Go to a local doctor?? Can I get a certificate of recovery to continue traveling in Italy?

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Christine, I have read that and it does not answer my question. I get that I need to get the certificate of recovery for going back to the US. But what if I want one to continue on in Itsly

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I second that you have an entirely different issue here from most people and should contact RS tours for their answers about your next tour.

Do get another test done to confirm.

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Definitely check with the RS office. I would also want to obtain the certificate of recovery as you begin traveling again in Italy just in case there is a question of the legitimacy of not being in quarantine when your passport is recorded at the next hotel, for instance.

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I might have missed something, but I'm curious why you tested at a pharmacy when you didn't have symptoms.

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@mnannie. It’s entirely possible to test positive while asymptomatic. This is a common situation for vaccinated and boosted people.

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You have to have a negative test to begin an RS tour.

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I am starting with a repeat test this afternoon and hoping it is negative. If not I am stuck in this hotel room for another 6 days. I have contacted my physician about a virtual visit for a possible certificate of recovery if needed. I feel great otherwise. Not happy about the quarantine.

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You have to have a negative test to begin an RS tour.

Thanks, I forgot that was still needed. Our tour is in early May, so that requirement is removed for us.

I'm sorry you are going through this stressful situation, w.o.grady.

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Great news guys. We went and were retested and both of us came back negative. It was like a huge yoke lifted of our back. We went out and had dinner in Palermo at a place called OTTO. Great food and of course wonderful Prosecco. We are able to continue our tour tomorrow morning. Thank you all for you kind guidance. Ottimo…..molte bene.

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I am so glad to hear this good news! It really shows the value of you having that test with you. When you tested negative on that it really pointed to retesting right away. Have a wonderful trip and stay well!

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Thank Carol. We are very excited about this tour and could not bear the thought of missing it and being quarantined for 7 days. We have done 7 Rick Steve’s trips and plan on doing more.