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The ease of a covid test à Paris

I know it can be stressful wondering where you're going to get a covid test before you leave France but I am here to tell you that it is so much easier than in the USA. You can't swing à dead cat in France without hitting à huge Green cross and that sign that says PHARMACIE. It took exactly 20 min. All they needed was my name, address in France, and birthday. Then poke poke, à few tears, I got a few NUXE products and BAM and I had my results. This was just 20 min ago.

So take it from me, it is easy as tarte aux fraises. 🍓

The bad news: I go back to the US tomorrow.

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Funny about the ubiquitous green Pharmacie signs 😄. Thanks for sharing this information! Sorry you have to return to the US tomorrow. Bet you enjoyed being in Paris.

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127 posts

Thank you for sharing Alexander! Great info to know for our upcoming trip.
Can I ask what the cost was?

Enjoy your last day in Paris!! What has been your favorite part?!

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7050 posts

What are typical pharmacy hours on weekedays and weekends? What about outside of large cities like Paris?

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9766 posts

Cost as of tomorrow for foreign tourists is

€49 for PCR test
€29 for antigen test (which meets US entry requirements)

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1340 posts

I got lucky. For me it was 0$.

Agnès, hours vary. Many are open till 8pm

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9766 posts

Yes, they said they will start charging as of July 7 — so future test-takers need to be aware.

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156 posts

Thank you for this information!

Did you need to make an appointment or just walk-in?

We were considering bringing a test kit with us to Paris (the CDC approved kind you self-administer with a proctor) but I heard the false-positive rate are much higher with these. I would rather leave the swabbing to the pros! :)

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1340 posts

I just walked in. You'll also notice some random tents around town that offer testing. There's one right outside the Opéra métro, for example

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9766 posts

Bumping up Alexander’s very useful post as this question is coming up a few times a day

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My son is there now and said it was so easy. Took less than 10 minutes when he arrived to when he left. He did pay 45 Euros though.

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Returned from Paris July 7, 2021 and found the best solution to the US testing requirements.

United airlines offers emed.com and a specific Abbott testing kit that worked like a charm. I purchased the kits - 6 for $150 and registered as directed. I took the kit to Paris with me and the Monday morning before my flight on Wednesday opened the app and clicked ready for the test. My phone rang and a guide had me hold up my passport and then the bar code from the kit. I then swabbed both nostrils, placed reagent in a small well and dipped the swab into it. I was then told to shut the cover and wait 15 minutes. Sure enough 15 minutes later the phone rang and I held up the test result which were negative. Within 7 minutes a lab report signed and official appeared in my email. I printed it out and it worked great and got me back home easily. I am headed back in a few weeks and will carry another of these kits with me.

The best $150.00 I ever spent. 30 minutes in my hotel room to get my test!

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The kit for $150 sounds wonderful. I am flying United home from Italy, and assume it will work there too. I will check the website.

What is the difference between how these two tests are given?
€49 for PCR test
€29 for antigen test (which meets US entry requirements)

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CaliMom - I don’t know about the PCR test, as I have not had to have one in France.

The antigen test is the old long-q-tip-up-the-nose-into-your-brain- type. Results back in 15 minutes.

I don’t know why a person would pay four times what is necessary, but people will pay for the convenience I suppose. I don’t have that kind of money.

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Could someone please clarify the test 3 day prior to travel requirement? If departing Paris on a Sunday for US - is taking test on Thursday acceptable?
Thanks!

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Williams509, Thursday would be the earliest take a test for a Sunday flight. I flew United over here and they spell it out via their ap the exact earliest time you should take the test for your flight back to the USA. Maybe your airline has the same kind of service. It makes things easier for check in agents who need to know the rules and passengers alike.