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Taking COVID test to return to the US

I have planned a 16 day trip in September for my wife and teen daughter, visiting Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve. We decided to move forward in spite of the fluidity of regulations and procedures related to COVID. All 3 of us are fully vaccinated and will have tested just prior to entry into Lisbon.

Does anyone have any tips or an idea of what to expect in finding an approved test for re-entry back into the US? We will be in Porto for the last 4 days of the trip, only heading back to spend the night in Lisbon for an early morning flight.

Thank you!

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Hopefully the test won't be required by then but who knows, with the Delta variant and the reluctance of Americans to get vaccinated. We are doing Germany, Switzerland, and Lyon, France in August with return from GVA. We fly out on a Tuesday which means we have to get tested on a Sa, Su, or Mo. There is a testing center at Geneva Airport with convenient hours and results in 15 minutes. We spend our last night in Geneva and could get tested at the airport the day before we leave. However, I am just too nervous about this (seems like cutting it too close!), so I have checked for testing centers in Lyon and there are many locations at pharmacies or health centers. Unfortunately the ones closest to our hotel in the city center are NOT open on Sat or Sunday! We will have to break from our sightseeing tour on a Saturday to make it to a testing center that is open from 7-noon. Finding this place and figuring out how to get there (using public transportation) on our itinerary was no mean feat!

Through google, I found a great French health website that listed all of the testing centers in France and their hours/locations and whether or not you needed an appointment, another pain in the neck. I also found information on google about the location and hours at the testing center at Geneva Airport. Maybe you will not have to do this, because there are likely many pop up locations at pharmacies and health centers near your hotel with hours that work for your departure time (72 hours/3 days before). You can also check the Lisbon Airport website to see if there is a center there that you can get to in time to get results. Another suggestion is to check with the Tourist Information center or your hotel. Be sure to find out whether you need an appointment or not.

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Simply Google covid tests Porto. You will find many places to get the tests. But, as the other poster stated, they may not be needed by September.

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Here is some useful information I received about PCR testing before leaving Portugal.


International Patient Services ( HLUZ-LISBOA ) intlpatientservices.lisboa@hospitaldaluz.pt
Mon, Jul 19, 3:07 AM (2 days ago)
Good day,
Hospital da Luz Lisboa is one of the healthcare providers for the Portugal Health Passport. We would like to inform you that Hospital da Luz Lisboa performs COVID-19 tests for people who want to travel. This test is for people who do not have symptoms and have not been possibly exposed to a person infected with COVID-19, since this test is performed inside the Hospital. This test can only be scheduled from 14:00 to 15:50 on working days.

COVID-19 PCR Test: 90€ - Results ready in 24 hours
COVID-19 Antigenic Test: 25€ - Results ready in 4 hours

The results for this test will be available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Deutsch. Results are sent by e-mail. If you wish to schedule this test, please provide the following information:
- Full name:
- Date of birth:
- Gender (male or female?):
- Phone number:
- Preferred date:
- COVID-19 PCR Test or COVID-19 Antigenic test?

We will be waiting for your reply.

Thank you and best regards,
Ricardo Marinho
International Patient Services
Hospital da Luz Lisboa
Av. Lusíada, nº100
1500-650 Lisboa • Portugal
E. ricardo.marinho@hospitaldaluz.pt
T. +351 217 104 400 Ext. 44010