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COVID Rapid Antigen Test in Barcelona: How and Where To Get Tested

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On this page you’ll find information about the rapid antigen tests in Barcelona. You will learn where to get an antigen test, test prices at different testing centres, delivery period of the antigen test result certificates and opening days and times of different medical centres and laboratories that perform antigen tests. We also provide you with a table where can compare different testing centres and where you can find the links to book your antigen test that meets your needs.

The comparison table for antigen tests in Barcelona will enable you to view:

  • Different testing centres in Barcelona
  • The area of Barcelona where the testing centres for antigen tests are located
  • The opening days times of the testing centres
  • The price of the antigen tests
  • The antigen test travel certificate delivery period
  • The closest metro station from the antigen testing centre

    The comparison table will also enable you to book your antigen test at the testing centre that meets your needs in terms of area, opening times, price and results delivery. Follow the instructions on how to do this using the antigen test table which you will find just below on this page.

    We have also provided details on antigen saliva tests below the table with a link for you to know more about how to get an antigen saliva test in Barcelona.

Before we start, you should know that antigen tests are also referred to as rapid antigen tests or quick antigen tests. Antigen tests performed by the testing centres recommended on our website are lateral flow antigen tests.

The testing centres recommended on this page perform antigen nasal tests and antigen saliva tests and they all deliver FIT-TO-FLY and valid for travel COVID test certificates.


COVID antigen tests are accepted by several countries however as each country has its own COVID-19 test requirements we strongly advise you to check the latest entry regulations for your country of destination to know which are the coronavirus test requirements before you book your antigen test. You can do this checking the official COVID-19 page of your country of destination or the official airport website of your country of destination. All the antigen tests recommend on this page meet the ‘FIT-TO-FLY standards for travel, which means the travel certificate you’ll get is valid for aeroplane flights and any other transport means from one country to another as long as antigen tests are accepted by your country of destination.


Antigen test or lateral flow antigen test - What's the difference?

Some countries such as UK, mention on their official website for travel requirements that you need a lateral flow antigen test. Therefore you might wonder if the antigen tests recommended on this page are lateral flow antigen tests. You might also wonder if the antigen test certificate you'll get is FIT-TO-FLY and FIT-TO-FLY for the UK. We confirmed this with the diagnostic specialists at all labs we have recommended on our site. All antigen tests performed by the testing centres recommended on our pages are lateral flow antigen tests and the certificates you'll get are FIT-TO-FLY, which means valid for aeroplane flights and for any means of transport from one country to another, including for travel to the UK.


The table below compares the different antigen testing centres, their location in the city of Barcelona, their operating hours, test prices, results delivery time and nearest metro.

We have highligted in light green the testing centres for which payment is not required upon booking and for which you'll pay for you test at the front desk of the testing centre, before getting tested. The testing centres that are not highlighted in light green require payment in advance upon booking.

Also, when an appointment is needed before going to the testing centre, we have indicated (Appt) for Appointment next to the opening times of the testing centre. When an appointment is not needed and you can go to the testing centre whenever you want during opening hours with your booking confirmation, we have indicated (NA) for No appointment next to the opening times of the testing centre.

You can also learn more about and book the antigen test that best meets your needs by clicking on "Click to book your antigen test at this clinic" button in the table below.

Important note: The importance of booking in advance to ensure availability

Testing centres get very busy and can reach capacity during the following days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It is highly recommended that you choose a testing centre that offers advanced appointments (marked with Appt in the tables below) for these days. In addition it is also highly recommended to book your test in advance to ensure there is availability for your appointment at the testing centres. If you leave it to the last minute to book your test there may not be availability. If you can we recommend you book your test for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's which have much more availability and, if not, then try to book your test as far in advance as you can if you need to be tested on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

We have also been informed by the testing centers that work without appointments (NA) that Monday, Friday and Saturday are extremely busy days for antigen tests. On these days, you may have to queue for up to 4 hours before getting your antigen test. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you avoid getting an antigen test at laboratories that work with no appointments on Monday, Friday and Saturday, if you can. If you must get your antigen test on Monday, Friday or Saturday, we recommend that you book your antigen test at testing centres that work with appointments (Appt) to avoid having to wait in line for hours under the sun. If you decide to get your antigen test on Monday, Friday or Saturday at testing centres in Barcelona that work with no appointments, whether you go to one of the two laboratories that work without appointment recommended on this page or to any other laboratory in Barcelona, we strongly recommend you go to the laboratory before its opening time to try reduce the waiting time.

Generally speaking, there is a high demand for COVID tests in Barcelona any day of the week as more and more people are travelling and need a COVID test to travel. Therefore, if you go to a laboratory that works without appointments, we recommend you go with plenty of time ahead of you and to be ready to wait in line.

The testing centres of Barcelona that work with appointments can plan their testing capacity -the number of medical staff performing Covid tests, the number of testing rooms, etc.- based on the number of appointments scheduled for the day, which enable them to limit wait times.

Table that enables you to compare and book your rapid antigen test, nasal swab, in Barcelona

Note that all the antigen tests listed on the table below are lateral flow antigen tests, which are valid for travel, including for travel to the UK.

The prices shown in the table are the standard prices you would pay at the testing centre however we have secured discounts for you on some testing centres and these are marked in the table below. The exact discount you will get is found on the detailed information page of the testing centre once you click on the "Click to book your antigen test at this clinic" button in the table below.

The test centres listed below are also open on public holidays during the same hours unless otherwise stated on the table below.

NA: No appointment needed
Appt
: Appointment needed
24/24: Open 24 hours a day
Payment not required upon booking

Testing centre area
Opening times
Results Delivery Time and Price
Metro

Sagrada Familia

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Saturday: 08:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Special discount with our voucher

15 minutes
€50.00
€45.00
Sagrada Familia
(Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)

Gracia

Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 14:00 and 15:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Special discount with our voucher

2 hrs
€45.00
€42.00
Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)

Camp Nou stadium

Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 20:00 (NA)

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (NA)

1 hour
€33.00

Collblanc (Blue Line, L5)

Gracia

Monday and Wednesday: 09:30 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Tuesday and Thursday: 09:30 - 12:00 and 16:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Friday: 09:30 - 14:00 (Appt)

Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 - 11:00 (Appt)

Special discount with our voucher

15 minutes
€50.00
€47.50
Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)

Table to compare and book your Saliva rapid antigen test in Barcelona

The Saliva test is considerably more comfortable than the nasal test. People in the know opt for the Saliva test over the nasal tests. Offers you the same valid results for a travel certificate as the nasal test but just a more comfortable test. Further information on antigen saliva tests is provided below the table.

The test centres listed below are also open on public holidays during the same hours unless otherwise stated on the table below.

Appt: Appointment needed
Payment not required upon booking

Testing centre
Opening times
Results Delivery Time and Price
Metro

Testing undertaken at your place

Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 19:00 (Appt)

Special discount with our voucher

24 hrs
€75.00
€70.00
At your home, tourist accommodation, hotel, or any other location in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Saturday: 08:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00 (Appt)

Special discount with our voucher

15 minutes
€50.00
€45.00
Sagrada Familia
(Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)

Antigen saliva test: the non-invasive, much more comfortable, rapid antigen test

Most common antigen test type performed is through a nasal swab, which if you've had one before know that it can be very uncomfortable.. However, there is another type of non invasive and much more comfortable antigen test offered: the antigen saliva test. With an antigen nasal test, a swab is inserted into your nose so this can be a little uncomfortable. With an antigen saliva test you’ll only be requested to provide a saliva sample by spitting into a sample container. If you want to get an antigen saliva test, make sure not to smoke, eat or drink anything for 30 minutes before your test because it could invalidate your test.

Why are nasal tests offered more than Saliva tests?

Antigen nasal swabs were the first available antigen tests and are performed by all testing centres in Barcelona. As a result, the antigen nasal swab test is the most common antigen test. In addition, most of the visuals referring to antigen tests show nasal antigen tests so you might think an antigen test is necessarily done with a nasal swab.

If you are in the know about the antigen saliva test you will most likely choose this option because it is a lot more comfortable than the nasal test.

If you have kids and your kids need to get an antigen test, you will probably prefer they get a saliva test, as long as they are old enough to understand that they need to generate saliva and to spit in the sample bottle provided.

As indicated above, if you want to get an antigen saliva test, make sure not to smoke, eat or drink anything for 30 minutes before your test because it could invalidate your test.

We have identified a laboratory that delivers home collection kits for antigen saliva tests to your accommodation in Barcelona, whether you're staying at a hotel, a tourist appartment or at your home.

You can book your DIY (do it yourself) rapid antigen test online and you will receive your FIT-TO-FLY antigen test certificate to your email address, 24 hours after you conducted your test.

Click here to learn more about self test kits for antigen saliva tests delivered at your accommodation

On the table above, that enables you to compare and book your antigen saliva test, you will also find a testing centre in Barcelona that perform saliva tests.


Summary

Booking a rapid lateral flow antigen test in Barcelona to get a FIT-TO-FLY and valid for travel COVID test certificate is a straightforward process as long as you know where to get your antigen test in the city and which are the different antigen test options available in terms of price, antigen test certificate delivery, opening day and times and location of the testing centres. We hope you’ve found where to get your rapid test in Barcelona with the information provided on this page.

Otherwise, if you have any other question related to where to get an antigen test in Barcelona and if your question is for your own personal use only you may send your enquiry to us using the form below.

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