March 25, 2021 by Austin McDaniel For the travel health advisories, what kind of SARS CoV-2 testing is recommended? UPDATED 3/22/21Molecular tests for SARS CoV-2 such as variations of PCR, CEPHIED GENEXPERT, BIOFIRE or ABBOTT IDNOW are recommended. Antigen tests are not recommended because they are more likely to miss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular tests. Antibody (serology) tests are also not recommended given because they do not provide evidence of current infection. Molecular-based SARS-CoV-2 tests detect the presence of viral RNA (genes), such as reverse transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt-PCR, e.g. Cepheid GeneXpert, KIngFisher System, ABI 7500 system), Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA, e.g. the Hologic Panther system), and Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification (e.g. Abbott ID-NOW). Alaska accepts results from FDA-approved home self-test swab kits.