Travelling Throughout Europe With an Antigen Test

Requiring travelers to submit a negative COVID-19 test result or either of the two other certificates that fall within the EU’s digital COVID-19 passport is the most natural thing now as every country tries to keep infections under control and protect public health.

However, when it comes to testing, a large number of countries give travelers the option of choosing between a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, as long as the required time frame is met between the date of entry and the time the test was taken, TheSchengen.com reports.

Since rapid antigen tests are more convenient and cost-effective, most travelers prefer to undergo this type of testing before traveling abroad. In general, the cost of a rapid antigen test ranges from 15 euros to 50 euros.

Belgium is one of the member states of the European Union that recently announced that the country now accepts rapid antigen tests as valid proof of entry.

“The test in the context of travel can be a PCR test or a RAT (rapid antigen test). The PCR test is valid for 72 hours. The Belgian authorities note that the RAT test is valid on the day of the test and the day after the test.

>> Belgium now accepts rapid antigen tests for travel

Other popular EU destinations also accept antigen tests as valid proof of entry. Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Poland allow entry for all travelers with a negative antigen test submitted through an EU digital COVID certificate or other equivalent document.

Upon arrival in Germany, travelers must ensure that the test result is no more than 24 hours old; Otherwise, the test is invalid. On the other hand, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Poland accept rapid antigen tests as long as it is proven that the test was performed within 48 hours prior to entry.

France and the Netherlands only accept rapid antigen tests performed within the last 24 hours prior to entry. On the other hand, Portugal, Spain and Italy recognize antigen tests as long as the document indicates that the test was performed within the past 48 hours.

Similar to the countries listed above, Iceland and Greece also accept rapid antigen tests. Greece accepts tests taken within 48 hours, while Iceland accepts tests taken in the last 24 hours.

On the contrary, Slovenia accepts only PCR tests. The Ministry of Health of Slovenia has made it clear that it is not allowed to prove that the test rule has been fulfilled by providing a rapid antigen test.

Similarly, the Austrian authorities announced that from November 22, the country will no longer accept antigen tests. Those who wish to enter the country will have to take a PCR test or provide one of the other two certificates.

If you are planning to travel to any of these countries amid the spread of the coronavirus, the following guides include everything you need to know before booking a flight:

Schengen Visa

Schengen Countries

Schengen Agreement

Schengen News

Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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