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No testing center at the airport of the Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrim_95

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As our Camino trip is approaching, I have been researching the options of getting tested in Santiago de Compostela before our flight back as it might still be a requirement if you are not vaccinated or flying back to a country that might still not recognized vaccinated individuals.

I checked the website of the airport in Santiago and there was no mention of a testing centre, I read an article in La Voz de Galicia where they described a pilot testing program that took place at the airport during the Spring.

I called the aena customer's service and they confirmed there is no centre available at the moment.

There is a commercial centre Synlab in Santiago, which is a member of a big chain and we got tested by them in the Czech Republic and it worked smoothly. They operate Mon-Fri, so just advice for pilgrims planning a pilgrimage or are actually on the Camino. Make sure you take this into consideration.

Any advice or insight from people who live in Santiago would be appreciated :)
 
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I have not been out to the airport for a long time (for obvious reasons :), but my understanding was that SERGAS (the public health authorities in Galicia) had a place there for doing antigens test. They do not do PCR test, only antigens test. The last I heard about this, was this article:

If you want to be sure, get a test before you go to the airport. More on that here:

Happy travels!
Ivar
 

lisaflora

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
As our Camino trip is approaching, I have been researching the options of getting tested in Santiago de Compostela before our flight back as it might still be a requirement if you are not vaccinated or flying back to a country that might still not recognized vaccinated individuals.

I checked the website of the airport in Santiago and there was no mention of a testing centre, I read an article in La Voz de Galicia where they described a pilot testing program that took place at the airport during the Spring.

I called the aena customer's service and they confirmed there is no centre available at the moment.

There is a commercial centre Synlab in Santiago, which is a member of a big chain and we got tested by them in the Czech Republic and it worked smoothly. They operate Mon-Fri, so just advice for pilgrims planning a pilgrimage or are actually on the Camino. Make sure you take this into consideration.

Any advice or insight from people who live in Santiago would be appreciated :)
I was concerned as well as I only have a 2 hr layover in Madrid. There are plenty of spots there for testing cheap if you have time.
I bought the Binax 6 pack home test that is associated with an app and requires an online we visit to ensure proper testing. $150. It links with your airline ticket too I believe and seems legit but can't tell til I open the pack as you have to do it in sight of the online observer. I will leave one in Santiago (blessed that my mom will be there before I arrive). It is temperature sensitive so should prolly not be carried in pack. Maybe ship to Ivar?
 
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Invierno 18
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Ivar, that’s very helpful thank you. I am flying on Monday morning out of SDC and am tearing my hair out trying to find a testing centre for an antigen test. Do you know of anywhere that does antigen tests over the weekend?
 

ivar

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Ivar, that’s very helpful thank you. I am flying on Monday morning out of SDC and am tearing my hair out trying to find a testing centre for an antigen test. Do you know of anywhere that does antigen tests over the weekend?
I don’t know… try calling some of the places listed on the link in my list above and ask..
 
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loumarz

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2021
I don’t know… try calling some of the places listed on the link in my list above and ask..
Ivar, that’s very helpful thank you. I am flying on Monday morning out of SDC and am tearing my hair out trying to find a testing centre for an antigen test. Do you know of anywhere that does antigen tests over the weekend?
Hi Nick, did you manage to find anywhere in Santiago for a weekend antigen test? Currently having the same problem!
 

ivar

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Starting July 20th it should (if things go as they say) be possible to buy antigen test at pharmacies in Galicia. No prescription needed.
You don’t get a piece if paper (I think) saying you are negative.. but I thought I would mention this.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances & Ingles 14
Portugues 15
Primitivo / Finist 16
Invierno 18
VdlP 19
S.Sal 19
Madrid 20
Hi Nick, did you manage to find anywhere in Santiago for a weekend antigen test? Currently having the same problem!
Hi there - yes I did. The place to go is Suevia Salud, in Milladoiro, a few km to the South-west of Santiago. If you call them, Ana is brilliant, speaks English and the gentlest tester I’ve ever had. They are open on Saturday morning - do book ahead though as if you get an appointment you will be seen ahead of the people who turn up on spec. Good luck!
 

loumarz

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Starting July 20th it should (if things go as they say) be possible to buy antigen test at pharmacies in Galicia. No prescription needed.
You don’t get a piece if paper (I think) saying you are negative.. but I thought I would mention this.
Hi there - yes I did. The place to go is Suevia Salud, in Milladoiro, a few km to the South-west of Santiago. If you call them, Ana is brilliant, speaks English and the gentlest tester I’ve ever had. They are open on Saturday morning - do book ahead though as if you get an appointment you will be seen ahead of the people who turn up on spec. Good luck!
Thank you both so much for the information. I have an appointment booked with Suevia Salud for next Saturday, you're a life saver Nick! Looking forward to my first Camino experience next week :)
 

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