In order therefore to try to make life as easy as possible for our members and guests we have had discussions with Loulé Hospital for the tests to be taken here at the club during the period 48 hours prior to departing flights. The cost for the PCR test is €100 and €45 for the Antigen test. As of July 1st, the days and times to arrange COVID test on the Club’s premises are no longer limited to specific time slots.
The tests will continue to take place in the Club, but the exact date and time will be confirmed by Loulé Hospital when the reservation is made. Please note that they will try to group the tests for the same time period in the day and therefore there is a possibility that the booking cannot be scheduled for the exact time that you might prefer. We will, as always, try to accommodate all requests, but we are reliant on a third-party provider and it is therefore possible that we may not be able to meet all requests.
In case you wish to make arrangements to schedule your test, please contact reception who will assist you in doing so. You can also make your booking via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +351 964 478 994.
For anyone who had already booked a test for a date after July 1st, the times and dates will remain as they were confirmed.
We would also remind you that there is a drive-through test facility available on the main road from Vale do Lobo to Quinta do Lago, between the roundabout at the entrance of Vale do Lobo and the next roundabout heading back towards Quinta do Lago. This operates from 09.30 to 12.30. Reservations are optional by calling +351 289 249 745. Reception will assist you in case you need any help with this.
To book an appointment reception have cards with a QR code giving you access to a Synlab App, where tests can be booked; for PCR or Antigen tests here at the club or at their other locations for the Antigen (lateral flow) tests. You will need to complete this with some personal details.
As mentioned above there are a number of facilities around where the antigen test can be taken, for example:
Loulé Hospital €45.00 - by appointment
Almancil Clinic €45.00 – by appointment
Moduslab Faro €30.00 – by appointment
Gambelas Hospital €25.00 – by appointment
Please note: that these are prices from third party providers and can be subject to change without notice.
It is also possible to book your test before you leave the UK and each airline has guidance on this and some e.g. Easyjet, have special arrangements in place. There is also the possibility of “self-testing” but if you choose to go this route please check exactly what detail you need to travel. We have already had guests turned away from the flight because the detail they had with them was not correct. The detail required should be available with whatever kit you might purchase and you need to be sure that it is a test that is valid for travel.
For the UK we understand that the Antigen test is now acceptable but it is up to each individual to ensure that the right test for your own personal circumstances is taken. Both PCR and Antigen tests are available in the Algarve. However, information and instructions change so please ensure, before you fly, that you are aware of the most up to date position.
You may also see that testing is available at the airport in Faro, currently €30. However, this is NOT advised as the queues and therefore the wait times have been very long and you will risk not receiving the result in time to catch your flight.
At the club we will do our utmost to help all members and guests with booking tests as required but it is each individual’s responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate test results in place for their destination.
This is all very new and is constantly evolving and we expect that improvements, through experience, will be in place before the peak summer months. Click here to view the list of clinics that are doing Covid 19 test.