Latest update: 07 October 2022
Question: I need to do a PCR test in Barcelona. Is it possible to get a PCR test easily, without having to go to the doctor to get a medical prescription?
Answer: Yes, you can get a PCR test or an antigen test in Barcelona for travel reasons (or any other reason) without having to pay for a medical consultation to get a medical prescription for your test.
Further below on this page we will explain the steps you need to follow to get your COVID-19 test in Barcelona without a medical prescription. But before we do that, we’d like to share with you the important criteria you need to consider when choosing a laboratory in Barcelona for a COVID test for travel reasons.
Important criteria to consider before getting your COVID-19 test at a laboratory in Barcelona
As explained above, you don’t need a medical prescription to get a coronavirus test in Barcelona and the process to get tested is very simple. However, before booking a COVID-19 test for travel reasons you should carefully check the following:
1. The opening times of the laboratory
It is important you check the opening times of the laboratories to make sure you’ll be able to get tested within the allowed period of time by your country of destination.
Some labs in Barcelona only open in the morning for COVID tests, whilst others are open all day and even at weekends.
If you visit our page Essential advice for getting tested for COVID-19 in Barcelona you’ll find laboratories for PCR tests and antigen tests open from Monday to Friday all day and on Saturday as well. You'll also find clinics open on Sunday for antigen tests and for PCR test.
If you’re looking to get PCR or antigen tests at the weekend, we recommend you read our page by following the link below:
2. The specificity of the PCR or antigen tests performed by the laboratory
The specificity of the COVID-19 test you’ll get needs to meet the specificity requirements of your country of destination and the test travel certificate you’ll get needs to be FIT-TO-FLY, FIT-TO-CRUISE (FIT-TO-SAIL) or FIT-TO-TRAVEL test result certificate (the COVID certificates required to travel on planes, cruises, ferries, trains etc).
The COVID tests of the laboratories we recommend on our page Essential advice for getting tested for COVID-19 in Barcelona meet the required specificity standards for travel and you’ll get a FIT-TO-FLY, FIT-TO-CRUISE (FIT-TO-SAIL) or FIT-TO-TRAVEL test result certificate for travel.
If you decide to get tested in another laboratory in Barcelona, make sure to check that the test specificity and the test certificate meet the requirements of your country of destination to avoid any issue at the airport.
3. The language of your COVID-19 test travel certificate
If you book your PCR or antigen test through the laboratories listed on our page Essential advice for getting tested for COVID-19 in Barcelona you will get your test results in English or Spanish depending on the language you request. However if you decide to get tested in a lab we have not mentioned on this page, make sure to check if they can deliver test travel certificates in a language accepted by your country of destination.
4. Results delivery time
You need to make sure you will receive your negative test certificate on time before your flight.
The laboratories we recommend on our page Essential advice for getting tested for COVID-19 in Barcelona deliver PCR test results within 2 to 48 hours maximum and antigen test results within 15 minutes, 24 or 48 hours maximum depending on the option you select.
How to get your PCR or antigen test in Barcelona without a medical prescription
In Barcelona, you won’t need to go to the doctor or to pay for a medical video consultation to get a medical prescription for your PCR or antigen test.
The 3 easy steps to follow to get your COVID-19 test without a medical prescription are the following:
1. Look for a laboratory or diagnostic clinic that performs the type of coronavirus test you need to travel: either a PCR test or an antigen test depending on the test requirements of your country of destination.
We have provided a list of recommended private laboratories and clinics on our pages PCR test in Barcelona: how and where to get tested and Antigen test in Barcelona: how and where to get tested where you can book your test without a medical prescription and that deliver COVID travel certificates in English.
2. Book and pay your test appointment online on the website of the laboratory or clinic of your choice.
3. Go to the laboratory or clinic to get your PCR or antigen test with your booking confirmation. The exact address of the laboratory will be given on the booking confirmation you’ll receive by email.
If you book your test at one of the labs we recommend on our pages PCR test in Barcelona: how and where to get tested and Antigen test in Barcelona: how and where to get tested upon arrival at the lab you will only need to show your test booking confirmation to get tested. You won’t be asked to hand over a medical prescription.
Your PCR travel test certificate will be available online for you to download within 2 or 48 hours maximum after you got tested depending on the delivery time period you selected.
Note that for antigen test travel certificates, one of the clinics we recommend on our page Antigen test in Barcelona: how and where to get tested hand-delivers test results 15 minutes after you get tested, at the clinic. Other testing centres deliver antigen test travel certificates within 20 minutes or 48 hours depending on the option you select.
We recommend you to check if you need to print out your test results or if you can show your travel certificate from a mobile device (e.g. a mobile phone or a tablet). You can check that on the official government COVID website of your country of destination.
If you're a tourist in Barcelona we recommend you check our pages below to learn more about how you can get a refund from your home country Health Insurance or Travel Insurance for your COVID test in Barcelona.