Monkeypox test

Test for the detection of monkeypox virus (MPXV)

Monkeypox test at the airport

The test detects the presence of monkeypox virus. For this purpose, a small sample will be swabbed directly from a pustule and it will be analysed using high sensitivity and specificity real-time PCR techniques.   Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by a virus belonging to the same family as the traditional smallpox virus, which was eradicated in 1979. However, in recent months, monkeypox has spread to regions where it has never before been reported. Early detection is therefore an essential tool to curb its spread.   Symptoms of the disease appear within 6 to 16 days following infection, although they may occasionally appear between 5 and 21 days.

Monkeypox test

Detects the presence of monkeypox virus



Skin swab

Type of sample



The results will be made available on the next working day from the date of the test. Samples taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive their results throughout Monday

Test only available at the following airports: Madrid T2 and T4

What does the monkeypox test analyse?

The test detects an active monkeypox virus infection through the specific recognition of viral DNA using ultra-sensitive PCR techniques.
People with simian or monkeypox usually have a rash in or near the genital area, but it can also appear on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth. Other symptoms of monkeypox may include fever and chills, exhaustion, muscle aches, headaches or swollen lymph nodes.
Symptoms usually appear 6 to 16 days after infection, although they can appear up to 21 days after infection. Monkeypox can be transmitted from the time the first symptoms appear until the skin lesions disappear. The disease can usually last up to 4 weeks.
Monkeypox is transmitted by close skin-to-skin contact: direct contact with a rash from someone carrying the virus, touching objects or surfaces handled by an infected person, or by contact with respiratory mucosa. Direct contact can occur through sexual intercourse, hugging, kissing or massage.

Reliability of the monkeypox test

We conduct a high performance test, with a high reliability: sensitivity of 100% and specificity > 99%. In order to ensure the reliability of the results, the window or incubation period must be taken into account. This period determines the time that must elapse following the risky contact until the test is performed. Our test is recommended for the detection of the monkeypox virus after 12 days, on average, from the time of the risky contact.

Taking of the sample

Monkeypox is detected through a sample taken with a cotton bud on the skin (swab). To ensure the highest reliability of the test, the sample to be tested should be taken by gently scraping the pustules with the swab. In the absence of skin lesions, the test can be performed on other parts of the body, although the reliability of the results may be very low.

Results in 24 hours

Your test results will be sent to the email address you provide when booking your appointment, in only 24 h. Results of samples taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be provided on Monday.

Accredited laboratories

All the samples collected and analysed at our Fly COVID Test centres are supervised by accredited clinical laboratories, under the ISO 9001:2015 quality standards. The test available for monkeypox virus (MPXV) is a CE-IVD marked product. It is a molecular test for the detection of viral DNA using ultra-sensitive and specific PCR techniques. By quickly and accurately identifying MPXV-positive individuals, they can be referred more quickly for appropriate care while containing the spread of the disease.

What is the window period?

The window period is an indicator of the pathogen’s incubation time frame until the appearance of obvious symptomatology, and thus provides a hint of the time that must elapse before a monkeypox test can be reliably performed.

The window period of the test performed at our monkeypox testing facilities is 6 to 16 days.

Where is the monkeypox testing service available?

Airports in Madrid

No, you do not need to fast to undergo a test. You can have it done at any time of the day.
Our results will be available the day after the sample is taken. Results of samples taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be provided on Monday. However, if you do not receive your results within this time period, please call our Customer Service at +34 91 825 76 57 or you can complete the following Contact Us Form.
Yes. They are 100% confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone else, including your general practitioner. Your results will not be included in your medical records. Your Unique Reference Number is required to get your results; without it, they will not be provided.
The PCR test results report indicates a positive or negative result. In case of infection, the result will be positive; in the absence of infection, it will be negative.
A positive test result is evidence of active monkeypox virus infection. From the moment the sample is taken until the result of the test, it is recommended that appropriate precautions be taken to avoid the possibility of spread.
You can, if the window period has not been respected. That is why we always recommend taking into account the number of days that have elapsed since the exposure or risky contact before you take the test. Please note that the window period for the monkeypox test we perform is 6 to 16 days.