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Clinics Where You Can Get a Covid-19 PCR Test in Barcelona, Test prices And Covid-19 Medical Consultations

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This page will walk you through all you need to know about getting a Covid test in Barcelona. We explain what the different tests are and their price, when to use a private or public clinic, how the process works, how to make your bookings and when you expect to get your test results. We also explain in detail how to get personalised help through a video call in your own language with a medical specialist, where you can get tested for Covid-19 in Barcelona whether you have Covid-19 symptoms or you just need to get a PCR test to travel or for any other personal reasons. Finally, we have included links so that you can book your Covid-19 tests and online consultations.


Should you get tested in the Public Health System or in a private clinic in Barcelona?

Here are the factors to help you decide if you should get tested in the Public Health system for free or if you should pay to get tested in a private clinic or private lab in Barcelona:

For entitlement for a free public health test you must meet the following two criteria:

1. You must have Covid Symptoms: The doctors of Public Health system will only prescribe you a free Covid-19 test if you have Covid-19 symptoms and/or have been in close contact with an infected personal. If you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms you won’t be able to get tested for free in the Public Health system.

2. You must be registered as a Spanish Resident and be registered with Spanish social security OR hold valid up to date European Health Insurance Card. If you are a UK citizen, note that you won't be able to use your European Health Insurance Card after 31 December 2020. Therefore UK Citizens will need to arrange a test from a private clinic - you will find private clinics listed below.

If you meet both points above you can receive a free public health Covid-19 test. However, first read our reasons why it may not be a good idea to have a free test below even if you're entitled to have one.

Drawbacks of using the public health system for your coronavirus test are:

1. Public health Covid tests take more time than private testing:

The Public Health system is considerably slower than with private health to get both your test appointment and your test results. With the public you might have to wait several days until you get an appointment with a doctor to confirm you Covid-19 symptoms. You might also need to wait several days until you can get tested for free and finally you will have to wait some more days until you get your test results. This makes free public testing unsuitable if you need a certificate for travel reasons.

2. You cannot specify what type of test you will be given:

The public health systems uses both rapid antigen tests and PCR tests so you will not know in advance which Covid-19 test you will have and you have no say on which test you can have, once again the public free test is not suitable for travel where a specific test type with certificate is required.

In summary we recommend you to use the Public Health System to get tested for free if:

1. You have Covid-19 symptoms,
2. You are registered with the Spanish Social Security or have a European Health Insurance Card
3. You are not in a hurry to get tested and to get your Covid-19 test results.
4. You don’t require a specific type of Covid-19 test.

When to use Private Clinic to get your Covid 19 Tests?

We recommend you to use the private clinics and private labs to get tested for Covid-19 for the following circumstances:

1. You want to get tested for whatever reason even if you have no Covid-19 symptoms.
2. You need a negative PCR test or an antigen test certificate to travel.
3. You want to have the flexibility to get tested on the day and time of your choice.
4. You need a specific type of Covid-19 test e.g. a PCR test, antigen test or antibody test e.g for travel.


What are the different coronavirus tests available at private clinics and which one should you choose?

The different Covid-19 tests available at the private labs in Barcelona are the following:

- Covid-19 PCR test (Nasal swab test)

If you plan to travel from Barcelona to another country, the PCR test certificate is the most commonly requested test by local authorities to enter a country. However, we also strongly advise you to check the latest entry regulations before you travel to any country to know if you’ll need to present a negative PCR test certificate upon arrival or if a particular test is required for your destination. You can do this by visiting our page that explains the different Covid-19 test requirements for different countries:

Covid-19 travel and entry regulations for travellers from Barcelona to other countries

A PCR test is a molecular diagnosis test made through nasal swabs to detect the presence of the virus SARS-CoV-2.

- Covid-19 antigen test (Nasal swab test)

Antigen tests are advised if you have clear Covid-19 symptoms or if you have been in contact for more than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 2 metres from an infected person in the past 3 days.

A Covid-19 antigen test is made through nasal swabs to detect the presence of viral proteins, called antigens, that are expressed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

You should know that the antigens are expressed in the early or acute infection phases of the virus when the virus is actively replicating (reproducing).

- Covid-19 Antibody test (also referred to as IgM & IgG serology test)

Antibody tests are recommended if you want to know if you have had Covid-19 illness and have now recovered.

Some people have had Covid-19 but do not even know that they have had the illness, or, perhaps they had flu-like symptoms but did not realise it was Covid-19. The antibody test will determine if you have had the coronavirus in the past but did not know it. This is a blood test to detect the two type of antibodies (or immunoglobulins) generated by the human immune system when presented with a virus: the IgM and the IgG. The IgM antibodies are generated in the first phases of the infection and the IgG are antibodies that recognize previous infections.

The IgM and IgG antibodies are generated after the first week when you displayed the first symptoms and they are as their highest level between the second and third week after the appearance of the symptoms.

Can someone help me choose the right test to have?

Yes absolutely, if you’re not sure about the Covid-19 test that you should have we recommend you consult with a doctor which you can do through a remote video consultation from your own hotel, apartment or home. The medical specialist will then ask you detailed questions to determine what type of test you need and answer any questions or doubts you may have. Further down on this page we provide information on how to arrange a Covid-19 online video consultation and on how to book it.


How to book you Covid-19 test in Barcelona

If you are going to book for other people then first read our advice on this page under the heading "Can I book a Covid-19 test for others, or for a group of people?" which you can find below the information for booking only for yourself. The procedure for booking for others people is different than if you only need to book for yourself.

Booking a covid test only for yourself:

If you need to book only for yourself follow the links we give below to make your Covid test booking. Upon clicking on the booking links provided on the next paragraph you will be redirected to the websites of clinics and labs in Barcelona. You can make your Covid-19 test booking by completing 3 steps:

1. Confirm the Covid-19 test you want to book.

Note: to get a Covid-19 test at the Gracia lab near Fontana Metro that we recommended, after booking your test you'll receive a medical prescription for the test. You'll need to present that medical prescription to the lab. Upon booking your test, you'll be requested to select a date and time slot. This is the date and time when you want to receive your medical prescription, not the date and time you'll get tested. Once you receive your medical prescription on the date you selected, you can go to the lab whenever you want during the lab opening times.

2. Fill out the online form and create your account entering the details requested.

3. Proceed and complete your payment.

Make sure to save your account username and password as you’ll need to login to your account to view your test results. After booking, you will receive your Covid-19 test booking confirmation sent to your email. Ensure to bring your confirmation email of the test appointment confirmation to the lab on the day you’ll get tested.


Can I book a Covid-19 test for others, or for a group of people?

You can book a Covid test for other people however there is a specific way to do this and it is not straight forward unless you read our article - link given below. It is important you follow our exact steps which we explain in this article because medical resevation systems where not designed to make reservations for more than one person. However we contacted the clinics directly and found out a procedure you can use to book for others and also for any amount of people. We explain step by step how to make bookings for other people for each different clinic because the procedure is different for each one.This information is not readily available anywhere online. If you need to book for someone else or for a group of people then we recommend you read our article by following the link below.


Prices of the Covid-19 tests and delivery period of the test results

The prices of the Covid-19 tests vary between the private clinics of Barcelona.

Private clinic test results are delivered within 48 hours during working days but one of the labs we recommended below work on Saturdays too while the other two don’t. If you need to get tested on a Saturday or if you need to get your test results on a Saturday, make sure to book your test at the lab open on Saturdays.

Likewise the lab that is open from Monday to Saturday can deliver test results within 24 hours if you pay an additional €30.00 supplement at the lab.

We have indicated below the price of the Covid-19 tests along with the opening days and times of the labs, the test result delivery period and the booking link.

If you need a negative PCR test certificate to travel it will need to be done between 48 to 72 hours prior to your arrival in the country you aim to travel to. If you need a negative PCR test result to travel on Monday, you might want to get tested on Saturday so make sure to book your test in the lab that is open on Satudays.

Again, we strongly recommend you to first check the entry regulations of the country you will be travelling to and your flight arrival time so that you get your PCR test done within the accepted time range.

You should carefully check the opening days and times of the labs below and the result delivery period before booking your test.

Covid-19 test certificates are provided in Spanish unless you request the lab to provide them in English. If you require a Covid-19 test certificate in English, make sure to request it at the lab. There is no extra cost to get the test results in English and the results delivery period is the same than for test results in Spanish.

Covid-19 PCR test

Private lab in Gracia

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.
Price: €99.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 07:30-12:30
Get your test results online within 48 hours from Monday to Friday.
Receive a free SMS once your results are ready
for you to consult them online.

When you'll click on the booking link below, you'll see that the booking page will show half in Spanish, half in English. To view the booking page entirely in English, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the grey ribbon. You will see 'ES' and 'ENG' on the left-hand side of the bottom of the page. Click on 'ENG' to change the language to English.

Private lab in Sant Andreu

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.
Price: €99.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 07:30-12:30
Get your test results online within 48 hours from Monday to Friday.
Receive free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online.

When you'll click on the booking link below, you'll see that the booking page will show half in Spanish, half in English. To view the booking page entirely in English, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the grey ribbon. You will see 'ES' and 'ENG' on the left-hand side of the bottom of the page. Click on 'ENG' to change the language to English.

Private lab in Gracia

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.
Price: €100.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 08:00-18:00 and Saturday, 08:00-11:00
Get your test results online within 48 hours from Monday to Saturday
Pay a €30.00 supplement at the lab and get your test results within 24 hours

Covid-19 Antigen test

Private lab in Gracia

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.
Price: €33.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 07:30-12:30
Get your test results online within 48 hours from Monday to Friday.
Receive a free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online.

When you'll click on the booking link below, you'll see that the booking page will show half in Spanish, half in English. To view the booking page entirely in English, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the grey ribbon. You will see 'ES' and 'ENG' on the left-hand side of the bottom of the page. Click on 'ENG' to change the language to English.

Private lab in Sant Andreu

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.
Price: €33.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 07:30-12:30
Get your test results online within 48 hours from Monday to Friday.
Receive a free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online.

When you'll click on the booking link below, you'll see that the booking page will show half in Spanish, half in English. To view the booking page entirely in English, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the grey ribbon. You will see 'ES' and 'ENG' on the left-hand side of the bottom of the page. Click on 'ENG' to change the language to English.

Covid-19 antigen test at home carried out by a doctor

You can also get an Covid-19 antigen rapid test at home or at your tourist accommodation. The antigen test will be performed by a doctor from a private clinic of Barcelona who will come to your place.

The doctor will get the results within 15 minutes of performing the antigen test and will explain the results to you in person, at your home or tourist accommodation.

Price:
€150.00 per person for 1 person
€100.00 per person for groups of 2 people
€50.00 per person for groups of 3 people and more

The price includes the travel expenses of the doctor to your place, the antigen test, performing the antigen test and the interpretation of the test results.

Operating days and times: Monday-Saturday, 08:30-19:30.

Covid-19 Antibody test (also referred to as IgM & IgG serology test)

Private lab in Gracia

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.
Price: €50.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 07:30-11:00
Get your test results online within 48 hours from Monday to Friday.
Receive free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online.

When you'll click on the booking link below, you'll see that the booking page will show half in Spanish, half in English. To view the booking page entirely in English, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the grey ribbon. You will see 'ES' and 'ENG' on the left-hand side of the bottom of the page. Click on 'ENG' to change the language to English.

Private lab in Sant Andreu

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.
Price: €50.00
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 07:30-11:00
Get your test results online within 48hours from Monday to Friday.
Receive free SMS once your results are ready for you to consult them online.

When you'll click on the booking link below, you'll see that the booking page will show half in Spanish, half in English. To view the booking page entirely in English, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the grey ribbon. You will see 'ES' and 'ENG' on the left-hand side of the bottom of the page. Click on 'ENG' to change the language to English.

Private lab in Gracia

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.
Price: 40.00€
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday, 08:00-18:00 and Saturday, 08:00-11:00
Get your test results within 48hours from Monday to Saturday
Pay a 30€ supplement at the lab and get your test results online within 24 hours.

Covid-19 online video consultation

Besides offering Covid-19 test, there is a private clinic in Barcelona that also offers Covid-19 video consultations online with a general medical practitioner.

Covid-19 online video consultation with a general medical practitioner of a private clinic in Barcelona
Covid-19 online video consultation with a general medical practitioner of a private clinic in Barcelona

What are the advantages to book an online video consultation?

1. If you want to get medical advice on any Covid-19 related matter quickly: you can book an online video appointment for the very same day.

2. If you want to confirm any Covid-19 symptoms from the comfort of your home in your own language: consultations are available in Spanish, English and French.

3. If you want to have a specific type of test to meet a requirement you can discuss that specific test and learn all about it on the video call.

4. With a video call you can clarify exactly which test you need before you have the test.

5. If you want to get any doubt answered by a doctor before of after getting tested

6. If you choose to you can also setup a second video call to discuss your test results with the doctor to determine if you need to take a specific course of actions or if you just want any other clarifications regarding your test results.

Covid-19 video consultations
Price: €60.00
Duration: 20 minutes

Covid-19 video consultations are available from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 19:00 and on Saturdays between 08:00 and 14:00 with appointment slots every 30 minutes.

Anyone can book a Covid-19 online video consultation, from tourists, locals and expats.

Our Insider Tip

If you are a tourist you can request the clinic to provide an invoice upon booking for you to present it to your social security or travel insurance and get refunded back home.

If you book an online video consultation we recommend you to have all your questions prepared and carefully thought out in advance of the video call to make sure you don’t forget anything. When you pay for the conference call it is only 20 minutes long and must be taken in one sitting, even if you only use a few minutes of the 20 minutes you cannot call back without paying for another call therefore we strongly advise to spend a little time in advance to get all your doubts and questions together on paper before you have your video call with the medical practitioner.


How to book your Covid-19 online video consultation

Upon clicking on the booking link provided above you will be redirected to the website of the Covid-19 test clinic to complete your video consultation. The booking process has 5 steps as follows:

A patient booking a Covid-19 online video consultation
A patient booking a Covid-19 online video consultation

1. Click on ‘Book your video consultation / Covid-19 information’ button at the bottom of the page
2. Click on ‘search services of a doctor’ and on ‘Covid-19 – Select your test’
3. Choose the video consultation and select your online appointment date and time
4. Fill out the form and create your account entering the details requested
5. Proceed to payment

After booking you will receive your booking confirmation to your email.

You will also receive a link by email to join the video consultation 15 minute prior to your online video consultation.


Summary

Booking a coronavirus test in Barcelona is a straight forward process. We recommend that you go with the private clinic for speed and to ensure you get the type of Covid-19 test that you need e.g. for travel. If you have questions or doubts either before or after the Covid-19 test you can arrange for a video consultation with a medical expert in your own language. Remember that the video consultations must be taken in one sitting therefore it is advised to have all your questions prepared and written down in advance of the video call.

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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