ANTIGEN AND PCR TESTS These are testing times – quite literally, with many travellers naturally flock to Spain at this time of year to visit family and friends, or in search of some much-needed sunshine.
But with exceptional health precautions returning to many countries, travellers of all nationalities 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 other localities within easy reach of La Zenia.
Visitors to Costa Blanca can find out what health precautions are in place on the Spain Travel Safe website. The website 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.
Cheapest travel testing on the Costa Blanca in Spain
It's an invaluable tool for holidaymakers and arrivals in Spain, 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 PCR and Antigen test providers and test centres in our part of the South Costa Blanca area, with contact information, location maps from Google, and the current Antigen and PCR test costs.
ScandClinic Costa Blanca, Playa Flamenca
ScandClinic offer medical and test services for English, Spanish, and Swedish language speakers. Located locally in Playa Flamenca, the testing facility provides Antigen tests for €45 with a certificate for travel issued within 30-minutes.
A PCR test costs €135 and the availability of results depends on the current workload. Call them on +34 966 399 398 between 09.00 and 12.30 Monday to Friday to confirm availability or to make an appointment.
The local medical facility also offers private consultations with a doctor for €55 and appointments to see a nurse cost €25 per visit (reductions apply for patients enrolled in the Swedish health insurance fund). Private seasonal flu vaccinations are available for €35. Take a look at their website and find their clinic with this Google Map.
Dam Health, La Regia, Cabo Roig
Dam Healthcare provide a variety of testing services including lateral flow Antigen tests for €29 and PCR testing and fit-to-fly certification with prices from €79. Often open 7-days a week including public bank holidays, Dam Health testing centre in Cabo Roig is one of the most trusted and popular medical facilities serving the needs of returning travellers.
The company offer online booking with an appointment, a simple walk-in service with testing on-demand, or appointments by phone on +34 865 660 402. Antigen test results are available within an hour, and Dam Health offer PCR same-day results for PCR tests. 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 an Antigen test start at €40 with PCR tests available from €96. The company promises lateral flow test results within 15-minutes.
PCR test results are available within 24-hours, but for €150 IMED Torrevieja offer an express PCR testing service with results delivered within an hour. Appointments can be booked online and their website is available in English, German, Dutch, and Norwegian languages. Call them on +34 966 817 406 or find their location with this map.
Hospital Quirón, Torrevieja
QuirónSalud offers lateral flow Antigen testing for €40 with results and a certificate issued in just 30-minutes. RT-PCR tests are also offered. Tests cost €88 and results are delivered online within 24-hours.
The facility also offers post-vaccination testing that detects and confirms an immune antibody response for €40. Walk-in appointments may be available but advance online booking is recommended. Call +34 966 921 313 to make an appointment, check out their website, or find the QuirónSalud Torrevieja hospital via the map.
Vitalicum, Los Altos
Vitalicum offers PCR tests for €85 with results in 3 hours. Saliva-based rapid LFT Antigen test prices start from €40 complete with travel certification.
The company offers a website with online booking in English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian. Please note that according to information from the company´s website, the testing centre is currently closed until 9th January 2022 for the winter season. You can find their location in Los Altos with this map.
Antigen and PCR tests for COVID travel on the Orihuela Costa
Local pharmacies and chemists also offer a broad spectrum of PCR and lateral flow Antigen travel 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 (known 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 travel inspiration? 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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