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Where to Get a PCR Test and a Rapid Antigen Test to Fly From Barcelona to Amsterdam

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Latest update: 22 March, 2021

Q: I have a flight from Barcelona to Amsterdam early in the morning, at around 06:00.
To enter the Netherlands I either need:
- to get a PCR test 72 hours before my flight to Amsterdam and also to get a rapid antigen test 4 hours before my flight or
- get a PCR test 12 hours before my flight to Amsterdam
Where can I get these covid tests in time for my flight? Is there a laboratory close to Barcelona Airport and if so how do I arrange and book these covid tests so I can catch my flight without any problems?

A: It is not yet possible to get a PCR test or a rapid antigen test at Barcelona Airport. We don’t know of any laboratory next to Barcelona airport where you could get a rapid antigen test and travel test certificate in time for your flight to Amsterdam.

However, we do know of several laboratories in Barcelona city centre that perform PCR tests for travel and they can deliver your PCR test travel test certificates in 24 our 48 hours maximum.

We also know of two laboratories in Barcelona that specifically open at night to perform rapid antigen tests for people flying to the Netherlands who need to get an antigen test within 4 hours before their flight to Amsterdam. These labs will provide antigen test travel certificates that are ‘fit to fly’ in time for your flight.

Please make sure to always check the official Covid test requirement page of the Government of the Netherlands to double-check the latest Covid test requirements.

Read on to learn where you can get your PCR test within 72 hours and your rapid antigen test within 4 hours before your flight to Amsterdam.


1. Where to get a PCR test in Barcelona to fly to Amsterdam

Below we have recommended 3 different Covid test laboratories in Gracia and Sant Andreu areas of Barcelona so that you can choose the lab that’s more conveniently located to you depending on where you’re staying in Barcelona.

We have also indicated the opening days and times of the laboratories. Two labs are open from Monday to Saturday while the other lab is only open from Monday to Friday. Likewise, one lab is open all day long during weekdays and on Saturday morning while the other two labs are openin the mornings only.
All the labs we have listed here provide fit to fly test travel certificates.
We have also provided bookings links for you to book your PCR test online, in English.


Private lab in Gracia area in Barcelona, near Fontana metro station for a PCR test

metroMetro: Fontana (Green Line, L3)
The exact address of the lab will be given to you on the confirmation you'll receive once you have made your booking.

Opening days and times:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 11:00

PCR test certificate delivery: Get your PCR test results online for you to download within 48 hours maximum on the schedule below:
Monday - Saturday

We recommend you check if your country of destination accepts negative PCR test certificates shown from mobile phones or if you’ll need to print it out.

You can also choose to pay a supplement at the lab and get your PCR test results in 24 hours in Barcelona
Supplement is: €30.00

Test specificity: 99% - Fit to fly
Price: €100.00

Official VAT invoice and medical prescription provided? This lab includes a VAT invoice and a doctor's referral for your test (also referred to as "medical prescription for your test") at no extra charge. You might need these documents to claim a refund to your health or travel insurance back home.

Customer support available in: English, French and Spanish.

Steps to prepare before making your booking:

To book your test, you will need to select the date and time on which you want to receive your booking confirmation, VAT invoice and the medical prescription for your test. Then you will need to enter your personal details (name, last name, date of birth, passport or ID number) that will show on your test certificate and a password to create your account.


Private lab in Gracia area in Barcelona, near Lesseps metro station for a PCR test

metroMetro: Lesseps (Green Line, L3)
The exact address of the lab will be given to you on the confirmation you'll receive once you have made your booking.

Opening days and times:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 11:00

PCR test certificate delivery: Get your PCR test results online within 48 hours maximum on the schedule shown below:
Monday - Friday
We recommend you check if your country of destination accepts negative PCR test certificates shown from mobile phones or if you’ll need to print it out.

You will receive a free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online and download them.

Test specificity: 99% - Fit to fly
Price:€99.00

Official VAT invoice and medical prescription provided? This lab doesn't provide medical prescriptions for your test but can provide an invoice upon request. If your home-country health or travel insurance covers covid-related expenses abroad, you will need to send them the invoice for your test and might also need to send them a copy of your medical prescription for your test along with your claim for reimbursement.

Customer support available in: English and Spanish.

Steps to prepare before making your booking:

To book your test, you will first need to create an account with your email, a password and your mobile phone number. You will receive a confirmation code by SMS so make sure that your phone is switched on and that you have reception coverage to received SMS messages before you start the booking process. You will need to enter the SMS confirmation code to finalize your account creation. This is to ensure your email address and phone number are correct so that the lab can send your Covid test booking confirmation to your email and can also send you a SMS when your test certificate is ready for you to download from your account. When completing the online booking form you will also need to enter your personal details (name, last name, date of birth, passport or ID number) that will show on your test certificate so make sure you have these documents ready before you start the booking process.


Private lab in Sant Andreu area in Barcelona for a PCR test

metroMetro: Sant Andreu (Red Line, L1)
The exact address of the lab will be given to you on the confirmation you'll receive once you have made your booking.

Opening days and times:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 11:00
Saturday: 08:30 - 10:30

PCR test certificate delivery: Get your PCR test results online within 48 hours maximum on the schedule shown below:
Monday - Saturday

We recommend you check if your country of destination accepts negative PCR test certificates shown from mobile phones or if you’ll need to print it out.

You will receive free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online and download them.

Test specificity: 99% - Fit to fly
Price: €99.00

Official VAT invoice and medical prescription provided? This lab doesn't provide medical prescriptions for your test but can provide an invoice upon request. If your home-country health or travel insurance covers covid-related expenses abroad, you will need to send them the invoice for your test and might also need to send them a copy of your medical prescription for your test along with your claim for reimbursement.

Customer support available in: English and Spanish.

Steps to prepare before making your booking:

To book your test, you will first need to create an account with your email, a password and your mobile phone number. You will receive a confirmation code by SMS so make sure that your phone is switched on. You will need to enter the SMS confirmation code to finalize your account creation. This is to ensure your email address and phone number are correct so that the lab can send your Covid test booking confirmation to your email and can also send you a SMS when your test certificate is ready for you to download from your account. You will also need to enter your personal details (name, last name, date of birth, passport or ID number) that will show on your test certificate.



2. Where to get a rapid antigen test in Barcelona 4 hours before your flight to the Netherlands

If you fly to Amsterdam, you will need to get a rapid antigen test within 4 hours before your flight.
Depending on your flight departure time from Barcelona to Amsterdam, you may or may not need to get your antigen test outside normal laboratory opening hours.
If you flight departs before 12:00 (noon) you'll need to get your rapid antigen test done early in the morning before normal lab opening times at a laboratory open at night and early in the morning.
If however your flight to Amsterdam departs after 12:00 (noon), you'll have time to get your antigen test done first thing when the laboratory opens.


Antigen tests in Barcelona for morning flights to Amsterdam before 12:00 (noon)

We know of two laboratories in Barcelona that perform rapid antigen test at anytime, including at night and early morning and deliver rapid antigen test certificates valid for travel to the Netherlands.

The labs are open at night and early in the morning and operate this services mainly to assist people flying to the Netherlands. However you will need to schedule an appointment with the labs in advance. These labs do not accept walk-ins at night.

Centro Médico Travessera

Address:
Centro Medico Travessera
Carrer Travessera de Gracia, 285
08025 Barcelona, España.

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 19:30, without appointment
Saturday and at night: with appointment

Website: Centre Mèdic Travessera
The website is only available in Spanish but you could use google translate if you don’t understand Spanish.

It it not possible to book your appointment on the website, however you can schedule your appointment sending a whatsapp message to Centro Médico Travessera at the following number:

Whatsapp number: +34 60 164 4865

This lab also offers a PCR + rapid antigen test pack for people flying to the Netherlands.

AQB Gracia

Address:
AQB Gracia
Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 16
08012 Barcelona, España.

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 00:00 Midnight - 08:00, without appointment
Saturday and Sunday: open 24 hours a day

Website: https://aqb.cat/lp/servicios-y-test-covid-19/index.html

The website is only available in Spanish but you could use google translate if you don’t understand Spanish.

It it not possible to book your appointment on the website, however you can schedule your appointment calling AQB at the phone numbers below or sending them an email at the email address below.

Phone number: +34 69 993 1723 or +34 64 464 4664
Email address: [email protected]


Antigen tests in Barcelona for flights to Amsterdam from 12:00 (noon)

If your flight from Barcelona to Amsterdam departs after 12:00 (noon), you can book your rapid antigen test appointment at the clinic we recommend below from 09:00 during weekdays and weekends. You will get tested at the appointment time you’ll select upon booking so there will be no wait times to get tested. You will also get your antigen travel test certificate hand-delivered at the clinic 15 minutes after you got tested.

Upon booking your test, make sure to select a rapid antigen test appointment time within 4 hours before your flight and to schedule enough time to get from the clinic to Barcelona airport.

Getting your antigen test will only take a few minutes. If you add up to this the 15minutes wait time to get your negative antigen test certificate hand delivered, plus some extra time to be on the safe side, you’ll need 30 to 45 minutes to get your antigen test and your antigen test results.
The clinic is at a 20 minutes taxi ride from Barcelona Airport.
So if you get tested at 09:00, you should be leaving the clinic at 9:45 maximum. If you take a taxi straight to Barcelona Airport you should arrive at the airport at around 10:05 considering there’s no traffic.

If your flight leaves at 12:00 and you prefer to get tested earlier than 09:00 then we recommend you contact one of the two labs mentioned above to schedule an appointment outside normal laboratory opening times.

Private clinic in Les Corts

The exact address of the clinic will be given to you on the confirmation you'll receive once you have made your booking.

Opening days and times:
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 18:00-19:30
Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 16:00 - 19:30
Wednesday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 17:00 - 18:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 16:00 - 19:30
Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 16:30 - 18:30
Saturday - Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00
The first antigen test slot is at 09:00 and the last slot is at the closing time indicated above.

Choose the exact time of your antigen test appointment - no waiting at the clinic, you'll get your antigen test at the time you've chosen upon booking.

Rapid antigen test certificate delivery: Get your rapid antigen test results hand-delivered at the clinic 15 minutes after you get tested

Test specificity: 97.2% - Fit to fly as long as antigen tests are accepted to enter your country of destination

Price: €50.00

Official VAT invoice and medical prescription provided? This lab includes a VAT invoice and a doctor's referral for your test (also referred to as "medical prescription for your test") at no extra charge. You might need these documents to claim a refund to your health or travel insurance back home.

Customer support available in: English, French and Spanish.

Steps to prepare before making your booking:

To book your test, you will need to select the date and time for your antigen test appointment. Then you will need to enter your personal details (name, last name, date of birth, passport or ID number) that will show on your test certificate and a password to create your account.

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