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Coronavirus - Tests on Costa del Sol

There are many places where Covid testing is available in Andalucia © istockphoto
There are many places where Covid testing is available in Andalucia

Coronavirus - Tests on Costa del Sol

If you are looking for a coronavirus test inMarbella, Malaga, Estepona, Fuengirola, Mijas, Benalmadena, Torremolinos or Nerja on the Costa del Sol perhaps for travelling to another country. Here is some information to help.

07-06-2021 New rules come into force for those entering Spain by air or sea. Passengers arriving from a country / zone of risk must have a valid health certificate. Which can be: A COVID19 vaccination certificate, A certificate of SARSCoV2 diagnostic test with negative result, carried out within 48 hours before arrival in Spain (PCR or Antigen). or a COVID-19 recovery certificate. These certificates can be added to the obligitory health entry form found at  www.spth.gob.es or the SpTH app, to obtain a QR code to be shown upon entry. More detailed info

Many other countries including UK also require a test.  In order to board a flight to the UK, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at your departure airport, taken up to 72 hours before you start your journey. Acceptable tests include PCR, LAMP or Antigen tests, provided they meet the standards outlined by the UK Government.

 

 

TYPES OF TEST Available - Summary

New Antigen Test
Results in 2hrs. Detect as early as 2 days after contact.    Typical price 60€

PCR standard test
Results in 24 hours. Detect early in the disease.    Typical price 160€

PCR ultra-fast test
Results in 4hrs. Detect early in the disease. Typical price     250€

Rapid antibody test
Results same day. Antibodies take at least 7 days from infection. Useful to find out if you’ve had the disease in the past. Typical price  60€

ELISA antibody test
Results same day. Antibodies take at least 7 days from infection. Useful to find out if you’ve had the disease in the past.   Typical price 95€

TYPES OF TEST - Background

Antigen Test   (test de Antígeno)
This is the test that detects the actual SARS-CoV-2 from Antigen. This is the most popular. The sample is taken from a cotton bud in the nose and mouth. it detects proteins called antigens on the surface of the virus not its genetic material.

PCR Test (test de PCR)
Los conocidos como PCR (reacción en cadena de la polimerasa) amplify the DNA  of the virus in order to detect it. The results indicate if the virus is present in the body or not. The sample is taken from a cotton bud in the nose and mouth.   This test is the most reliable and can only be undertaken by qualified personnel in laboratory conditions. Results can be known in four hours.

Antibody test (test de anticuerpos)
Antibody test is a serological test which detects the bodies immune response system against the virus. Antibody tests are carried out by means of a blood test, usually pin prick on the thumb. There are two types of immunoglobulin detected:

IgM. This detects the immune system responding to an acute phase of infection while it is attacking the virus present in the body.
IgG. This detects the antibodies that are still present in the bloodstream even when the infection is gone.

There is a 'rapid antibody tests' which has a positive / negative margin of error of 30% and it does not quantify or specify what type of immunoglobulin is found i.e. G or M. There is also the 'Elisa Technique' (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) which offers a greater reliability and specifies the type of immunoglobulin studied.

 

 

Private Clinics and hospitals

Almost all of the private clinics and private hospitals on the Costa del Sol will carry out Coronavirus tests.

There are a number of privately operated health clinics in Torremolinos for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.

There are a number of privately operated health clinics in Benalmadena for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.

There are a number of privately operated health clinics in Fuengirola for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.

There are a number of privately operated heath clinics in Marbella for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.  The state run facility is called the '… More →

There are a number of privately operated heath clinics in Estepona for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.  The state run facility is called the '… More →

There are a number of privately operated health clinics in Mijas for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.

There are a number of privately operated health clinics in Mijas for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service.

Testing at Malaga airport

Testing is also available at Malaga Airport. PCR test with results in 12hrs cost 58,68€. Rapid Antigen Test with results in 15-20 minutes cost 24,45€. Rapid Antibody Test with results in 15-20 minutes cost 29,34€. Tests must be booked online at travelcovidtestcenter.com/malaga/ and at times appointments are not available for several weeks, so book early!

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