THESE ARE TESTING TIMES – quite literally, and with summer travel tentatively opening up worldwide, people´s thoughts naturally turn towards summer holidays at this time of year.
But with health precautions firmly in place in most countries, travellers will often find they might need testing or vaccination to enter Spain, and crucially, local COVID testing for their return journey home.
Fortunately, Antigen and PCR tests are widely available throughout the Orihuela Costa area, with a choice of test facilities in popular holiday hotspots such as Playa Flamenca, Cabo Roig, and right here in La Zenia.
Visitors to Costa Blanca can find out what health precautions are in place on the Spain Travel Safe website. The site explains the entry requirements for travel to Spain depending on your country of origin, with information about staying safe while you´re here, and what health measures are in place for your journey home.
It´s an invaluable tool for holidaymakers this summer, with the most up-to-date information collected directly from the Spanish authorities and official government sources globally.
Simply visit the website on your laptop or mobile device and tap the country you´re travelling from. The website will tell you what documentation you´ll need to travel, and whether you´ll need a test.
The site is available in nine popular languages, including English, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, and Russian. If you do need a COVID test for your journey home, here´s a list of local testing providers and test centres in our area.
Dam Health, La Regia, Cabo Roig
Dam Healthcare provide a variety of testing services including lateral flow antigen tests for €49 and PCR testing and fit-to-fly certification with prices from €99. The company offer online booking and home visits. You can find them with this Google Map.
Polyclinic IMED, Torrevieja
IMED offer a suite of test choices including RT-PCR and antigen testing in Torrevieja. Prices for antigen tests start at €40 with PCR tests available from €110 with fast results. Appointments can be booked online. Find their location and contact details with this map.
ScandClinic Costa Blanca, Playa Flamenca
ScandClinic offer medical and test services for English, Spanish, and Swedish language speakers. Antigen testing costs €45 with results in 30 minutes and travel certification in English. Take a look at their website and find their clinic with this Google Map.
Hospital Quirón, Torrevieja
QuirónSalud offer antigen testing for €45 with results and certificate issued in just 30 minutes. RT-PCR tests are also offered. Walk-in appointments may be available but advance booking is recommended. Check out their website and find the hospital via the map.
Vitalicum, Los Altos
Vitalicum offer PCR tests for €85 with results in 3 hours. Saliva-based rapid antigen test prices start from €40 complete with travel certification. The company offers a website with online booking and you can find their location in Los Altos with this map.
Antigen and PCR tests for COVID on the Orihuela Costa
Local pharmacies and chemists also offer a broad spectrum of testing services including Farmacia Lago Sol in La Florida, Farmacia Ainhoa in Villacosta, and Clinica Virgen del Pilar in Pilar de la Horadada.
Please remember that all travellers to Spain must complete the passenger locator form (know as the FCS form), before beginning their journey. You can find the forms you´ll need via the official Spain Travel Health website.
Looking for holiday ideas and inspiration for summer 2021? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa or join the La Zenia community Facebook group and find out what´s going on in the local area.
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