Covid tests in Algarve, Portugal. Where to test? How much do tests cost?

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As Coronavirus surges around the world, it is now a requirement for much of international travel for passengers to show a negative Covid 19 test result before being allowed to start their journey.

Find out how to obtain a Covid 19 test in the Algarve, where you can be tested and how much you may have to pay or when the test is free.

If you plan to travel over the coming months, it is more likely than not, that you will need to show a negative Covid 19 test. It now seems likely that travellers entering or leaving the UK will need to show negative results, regardless of nationality. If you plan to travel to the UK from Portugal, you will need to show a negative Covid 19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure time. While some EU countries apparently do not require test results at the moment, other do, and many airlines do ask for them at boarding and will refuse boarding if no test result is provided.
  • NOTE: the situation is extremely fluid and changes rapidly. If you must travel, be sure to check with the airline for their requirements, check the official information for your destination and the country of departure.
Check our Coronvirus Algarve Information Resource page for links to the latest information

Covid 19 tests in the Algarve
Tests can be obtained via the SNS – Serviço Nacional de Saúde for those who are displaying symptoms or who have been in close contact with a person infected with Covid 19.
Test can also be arranged independently, through private and public health providers. There are several Covid 19 test locations in the Algarve.
Covid 19 Test via the SNS
Generally, these tests will be provided free of charge by participating laboratories, when referred by the SNS.
  • You can see the full list of laboratories, contact details and schedules here. Click on the text in green Lista de Postos de Colheita Laboratorial to open an updated list of labs. Scroll right to the end for the Algarve region laboratories. 

If you have been exposed to Covid 19 or are displaying symptoms, call Portugal’s national healthline on 808 24 24 24. There is an English language option available. If required, you can then be referred for a test.

Note – many of the laboratories listed also provide tests without referral via the SNS such as the Germano de Sousa labs. These tests are not free of charge.
Private Covid 19 Test
Without going through the national health service, there are several healthcare providers offering Covid 19 tests in the Algarve. If you need to travel or require a test for any reason, these private testing centres can provide that service. The tests need to be booked in advance and they are not free. Prices range from €50 to €150 per test and results are generally available within 24 – 48hrs.

Tests can be booked online or by phone with each provider. Please read the information from each provider as their protocols and prices may vary.

Some private Covid 19 test providers (a few eamples, many clinics can provide tests):
HPA Group
Covid 19 testing is available at their Alvor and Faro hospitals, also at São Camilo in Portimão, São Gonçalo in Lagos, at São Brás de Alportel and at the Centro Medico Internacional in Vila Real de S. António.
HPA also offers a Covid 19 Drive Thru test at Portimão arena. Booked in advance, simply drive to the test centre and be tested while seated in your car. A maximum of 3 people can be tested in each car.
Lusíadas Group
Testing is available at Lusíadas Albufeira and Faro. Advance booking is required. Price €100.

SE Consultório Medico
This clinic in Portimão offers PCR tests, apt for travel, with results given almost instantly. Price €50.
Advance booking is essential.

Many laboratories will carry out paid Covid 19 tests for individuals without referrals from the SNS. Check the list of laboratories (link above) to find one near you.

All information is correct at time of publication, however please bear in mind that the situation is constantly evolving.