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Covid Test in Spain??

I am from the US but I am in Spain right now and the US requires a Covid PCR test to fly from Madrid back in the to US. Does anyone know WHERE to get a Covid test in Spain? All the appointments at the airports are full and there seems to be very few clinics that offer a test for 110euro. Any easy and cheap Covid tests in Spain?? We fly home soon. TIA

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Try asking at the hotel front desk. The hotel should know of places where one can get a test somewhat near the hotel. Sorry the airport site is booked.

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Covid tests are not cheap in Madrid in general. Try Democratest on Gran Via 67, and entrance is on the parallel street. about €100.

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Delta allows you to return to the US with a Rapid Antigen test. The US Travel site states that a NAAT (PCR test) or Rapid Antigen test test is acceptable 3 days before arrival in the USA.

Contact the US Embassy in Madrid and they should help you find a place to get tested.

I got this off the United Airlines Website.
Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. Passengers details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport or other travel document; and the test result must specify "negative" or "not detected". If marked "invalid" it is not accepted.

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Thanks, I have checked with our hotel and they are saying 110euro. Last week my husband got a perfectly good Covid test in Turkey for only $19!!!

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The United States will accept either an antigen or a PCR test for entry.

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There always seems to be a very big price difference between antigen and PCR tests. Why pay for a PCR test if an antigen test is accepted?

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Thanks everyone, especially Donald. I didn’t realize I could get an antigen test - that is much better! I’ve found some different options from 25euro to 45euro. Thanks again!

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What types of SARS-CoV-2 test are acceptable under the Order?
Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Examples of available NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 include but are not restricted to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA), nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR), and helicase-dependent amplification (HDA). The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered. A viral test conducted for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, including DOD contractors, dependents, and other U.S. government employees, and tested by a DOD laboratory located in a foreign country also meets the requirements of the Order.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html#passengers

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Hi total travel, I just returned from Spain to the US on Monday (i.e. 4 days ago) and used Democratest as suggested upthread, at one of their Madrid locations. Antigen tests are perfectly acceptable for US return and Democratest offers them at €25, though only between Monday and Friday so note that for scheduling purposes.

It took no more than 10 minutes at the location (and a lot of that was filling out a form) and I had my results (in Spanish and in English) within well less than an hour, straight to my email. Very recommended, but do schedule ahead of time to ensure availability.

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Andrew, May I ask which location in Madrid you used? I have been reading reviews on one of them and the bad reviews really scare me off!

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just got back I did the cheapest test in Madrid at Blue Health for 29 euros.
nose swab rapid test. print You need to print your documents to.

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Scheduled mine at the Madrid airport at the Covid Test center, for the 24th of Sept online. Cost 24.45 euro. My flight back to the US is on the 26th.

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Yes, United says it must be a PCR test to get in to the United States

Just to clarify this since I was looking at these details today as I prepare to return to the US from Madrid. The United Travel-Ready Center has since been updated to match the CDC requirements, and it now says:

Your destination accepts one of the following requirements.
A negative COVID-19 Any negative Antigen or Molecular test
Test must be taken no more than 3 days before your departure from Madrid (MAD)