Q: I need to do a PCR test in Barcelona. My Travel Insurance covers PCR test expenses if my PCR test has been prescribed by a doctor. How can I get a medical prescription for my PCR test to claim a refund from my Travel Insurance?
A: If you’re a tourist in Barcelona and need to get a Covid test while in Barcelona, whether it’s for medical reasons or to travel back to your home country, you might indeed be entitled to a refund depending on your Health Insurance or your Travel Insurance policy.
We recommend you check in advance if your Public Health Insurance, your Private Health insurance or your Travel Insurance covers you for Covid-19 tests taken abroad. If they do, we also recommend you to check which are the supporting documents you’ll need to send to your insurance to claim a refund for your coronavirus related expenses.
If your Health Insurance or Travel Insurance covers PCR or antigen tests taken abroad for Coronavirus they’ll most certainly request you to provide the doctor’s prescription you got for your Covid-19 test as well as the invoice for the test with your claim for reimbursement.
We have identified a multilingual private clinic in Barcelona that automatically issues a free medical prescription when you book your Coronavirus test online, whether it is for travel reasons or for medical reasons. This means that you do not have to pay for an additional medical consultation to get a doctor’s prescription for your PCR or antigen test as the prescription is included at no additional cost. The medical prescription will be sent to you by email after you book and you will also automatically receive an official Spanish VAT invoice, which will most certainly be requested by your Insurance.
Make sure to keep that email so that you can print your medical prescription and invoice back home and send it to your Health or Travel Insurance to claim your refund.
The clinic we recommend on this page below receives international patients and is used to provide all the documents you need to get a reimbursement from your Health Insurance or Travel Insurance. They also provide customer support in English, Spanish, French and Italian by phone, email and online chat so that you can have all your questions answered in case of any doubts.
Besides, you can easily book your Coronavirus test online and in your own language as the clinic’s website and Customer Support is available in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
In addition, you’ll get a ‘fit to fly’ or ‘fit for travel’ PCR or antigen test certificate that meets the specificity requirements for travel, including travel to the UK. Your test travel certificate will be issued in English if you require it at no additional cost.
If you choose to book your Covid-19 test through another clinic or lab, other than those we have recommend below, make sure you’ll be able to get a medical prescription and an official invoice (not a receipt) issued so that you can claim a refund once you’re home. Asking for an invoice should be relatively easy if you can speak some Spanish or if the laboratory speaks your language but getting a medical prescription from a laboratory is definitely not something common.
If you choose to book your PCR or antigen test in a lab other than the labs we have recommended below, you should also carefully check that the tests specificity meet the standard requirements for travel and that the test travel certificates issued are ‘fit to fly’. You should also check to ensure they issue a medical prescription and official invoice so that you have everything you need to make your claim for the test on your insurance policy.
Book your PCR or Antigen test in Barcelona, with medical prescription and official invoice instantly delivered
Upon booking your PCR or antigen test you will receive the booking confirmation for your test, a medical prescription for your test and an official invoice.
Make sure to keep the medical prescription and invoice so that you can send them to your Health or Travel Insurance along with your claim for reimbursement for your Covid-19 test expenses.
PCR test price: €100.00
Test specificity: 99% - Fit to fly
Lab opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00-18:00
Clinic’s lab address for PCR tests:
Metro: Fontana (Green Line, L3)
The exact address of the lab will be indicated on the booking confirmation you'll receive by email once you have made your booking.
You will have access to your PCR test travel certificate online within 48 hours maximum from Monday to Saturday to download it to your your mobile phone or computer.
You also have the option to pay a €30.00 supplement at the lab to get your test results online within only 24 hours maximum.
Antigen test price: €50.00
Test specificity: 97.2% - Fit to fly as long as antigen tests are accepted to enter your country of destination
Clinic opening hours:
For antigen tests: Monday-Friday: 08:00-18:00, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-12:30
Clinic address for antigen tests:
Carrer Francesc Pérez Cabrero, 19. Barcelona
You will get your antigen test results hand-delivered at the clinic 15 minutes after you got tested.