The issue of coronavirus testing is a live one, with much information and disinformation being shared on social media and, worryingly, by some agencies.
The Balearic government has approved the provision of clinical tests by just two private hospital laboratories in Mallorca. The PCR test (checking for coronavirus) has an efficacy of 80-90%, with results available after 24-48 hours. The price of the PCR test is capped at €200 for non-residents, or €150 for permanent residents.
In addition, an immunological test is available, checking for antibodies, to indicate whether someone has had the virus. This test is available additionally or separately, at €50.
The two tests are carried out by physicians at a private hospital after carrying out a general medical check, costing €103.42.
In total, we offer the following procedure:
Medical check €103.42
PCR test €200.00
Immunological test € 50.00
Additionally, Estela charges a €35.00 + VAT fee for agency assistance and administration.
Best practice is to take both tests after 6/7 days of arrival into Mallorca, to allow time for coronavirus cells to develop following possible infection. Optionally, new arrivals may choose to take the immunological test immediately upon arrival, where the presence of antibodies would obviate the need for further testing. Please remember that, at present, test results (either way) have no bearing on the legal requirement to quarantine.
Other facilities and vendors — medical and not — are providing ‘DIY’ immunological tests, sold in batches of 50, which have a minimal efficacy of only 60%. In other words, these tests are clinically unreliable and can provide false reassurance. For this reason, Estela Shipping has decided against offering these kits.
Please be aware that the presence of antibodies gives no warranty of virus immunity, while there is as yet no scientific evidence to demonstrate that everyone who has had coronavirus and has recovered, carries a sufficient abundance of antibodies to be detected.
We strongly advise against any test that is not carried out at one of the two authorised labs.
To take the test, you must:
– have not had a fever in the last 5/7 days prior to the test
– have no respiratory problems
– not have been in contact with positive people
Please contact us for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or to arrange your test.