Prague Airport to Offer COVID-19 Testing for Travelers

Prague Airport will carry out COVID-19 tests on passengers and also to the general public, a statement said on Thursday.

As iRozhlas reports, the tests are performed by an accredited GHC Genetics laboratory. “Express” tests will cost 7,500 CZK (280 euros), the “standard” 1,750 CZK (65 euros). Payment is possible both via credit card or cash.

“We believe that testing will not only strengthen the safety of passengers and contribute to reducing the risk of spreading the virus when crossing state borders but will also significantly facilitate travel,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport Václav Řehoř.

Medical staff will perform the tests at three sampling points. One of them is located in the public area of the airport connecting the two terminals.

The other two points are located in the non-public part of both airport terminals before the passport control. They can be used primarily by passengers when they land in Prague, by those who are obliged to submit a negative test for COVID-19 before reaching their destination, or who wants to take the test voluntarily.

Tests are available every day from 4 am to midnight. Samples will be analyzed by paramedics in a remote laboratory, and the results for the molecular-biological COVID-19 (PCR) will be available within 12 hours.

The “express” tests will be available within three hours. This option is especially advantageous for passengers who fly to countries that require a negative test to enter.

“We provide professional COVID-19 testing in our laboratories primarily using the RT-PCR method, but we also perform IgG and IgM antibody testing,” said Viktor Furman from GHC Genetics.

Passengers can order the tests in advance calling +420 739 500 500 or via e-mail covid@ghc.cz

A number of protective measures have been in place at Prague Airport set up in co-operation with public health protection authorities.

All passengers and visitors must wear face masks in all areas of the airport, keep a safe distance from other people, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, and use hand sanitizers. To facilitate that, over 250 disinfection points have been placed across the airport.

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