Testing for Presence of COVID-19 Now Available Directly at Airport Prague

Testing for Presence of COVID-19 Now Available Directly at Airport Prague

Passengers and visitors can now be tested for the presence of the virus causing COVID-19 directly at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Testing is performed by an accredited GHC Genetics laboratory. The new service will facilitate safe travelling and also reduce the spread of the disease. Both passengers and the general public can use the testing directly at the airport.

Prague Airport has set up a total of three check points where GHC Genetics healthcare professionals provide the testing. One check point is located in the public area of the airport in the connecting corridor between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is intended primarily for the general public and for departing passengers who need a negative test result to enter their final destination. The other two check points are located airside in the non-public area of both terminals. The hours of operation of these two points will depend on arrival traffic and current needs. They are expected to be used primarily by passengers on arrivals, who are either obliged to submit a negative COVID-19 test result with regard to the destination from which they are travelling, or who want to take the test voluntarily to ensure their good health.

Testing is available to passengers and the general public at Václav Havel Airport Prague daily from 4.00 a.m. to midnight. However, the operating hours of the check points will be adjusted according to the current air traffic. The samples taken at the airport are analysed at a remote workplace fitted for the purpose and the test results are shared with the tested person in a standard mode within a maximum of 12 hours via e-mail. However, there is also an express testing service available, under which the results are communicated to the passenger within only three hours. 

The taking of samples at the check points is performed on a queue basis. Alternatively, passengers and other interested parties can book a time in advance on telephone number +420 739 500 500 or via e-mail covid@ghc.cz. Pre-ordered interested parties are given appointments, after prior payment of the fee. The price for the standard RT-PCR COVID-19 test is 65 EUR (1,750 CZK). The price for express performance of the test with delivery of results within three hours is 280 EUR (7,500 CZK). The surcharge for confirmation of test results by a doctor, if requested by the passenger, is 20 EUR (550 CZK). Payment is accepted at all three check points, via debit cards and cash, using Czech crowns or Euros. 

A number of protective measures have been in place at Václav Havel Airport Prague, set up to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease and protect the health and safety of passengers. For several months, Prague Airport has been in close co-operation with public health protection authorities, such as the City Health Station of Prague, consulting on the current situation and all applied measures on an ongoing basis. These include, for example, the keeping of a safe distance between people in all areas of the airport, thorough disinfection of all frequented areas, installation of protective plexiglass at check-in and information counters and the prevention of excessive accumulation of passengers.

The airport is also very active in the area of the education of all its employees and customers, who can use over 250 disinfection dispensers placed across the airport. Passengers can also use online check-in alongside self check-in and self bag drops at the airport, to avoid contact with airport employees. A detailed list of measures applied at Václav Havel Airport Prague is available on the airport’s website: www.prg.aero/en/protective-measures.

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