Where to get a PCR test in Colombia

Getting a COVID-19 Test at Private Hospitals

You can obtain a COVID-19 test at private hospitals in Medellín. Medellín has nine of the best hospitals in Latin America.

We recommend Clinica Las Americas in Belén, which has a drive through test with relatively fast results. One Medellin Guru reader went at 9 am for a PCR test and had results in 5 hours but this depends on how busy the lab is. Normal processing is up to 48 hours. Clinica Las Americas has a lab onsite. So, there is no need to send the test to a lab elsewhere.

Test Location – Clinica Las Americas, Diagonal 75B # 2A-80/140, near PriceSmart.

Website: https://laboratoriomedico.lasamericas.com.co/

  • PCR test cost – 288,000 pesos
  • Antibody test cost – 90,000 pesos
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm, possibly open in the morning on Saturday.
  • Appointment – not needed
  • Time for PCR test results – 48 hours or less

Getting a COVID-19 Test at Private Labs

There are labs in Medellín, which offer COVID-19 tests. One Medellin Guru reader reported a good experience at PROANALAB in Laureles.

Test Location – PROANALAB, Carrera 49 #60-05, Laureles

Website: https://www.proanalab.com/

  • PCR test cost – 270,000 pesos
  • Antigen test cost – 140,000 pesos
  • Antibody test cost – 90,000 pesos
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday: 8 am to 1 pm
  • Appointment – not needed
  • Time for PCR test results – 48 hours or less

COVID-19 Testing Tent in Sabaneta, across the street from the Vaquita grocery store

COVID-19 Testing Tent in Sabaneta, across the street from the Vaquita grocery store

Getting a COVID-19 Test at Mobile Tents

There are a few mobile tents set up in the Medellín metro area that permit walk-ins and drive through COVID-19 tests.

Testing tents associated with PROANALAB are set up in Laureles, Sabaneta and Central Mayorista in Itagüí. Note that the Itagüí location does not offer PCR tests. In addition, they offer domicilio (home) tests).Flyer of the COVID-19 testing tent in Sabaneta

Flyer of the COVID-19 testing tent in Sabaneta

Test Locations:

  1. Laureles – Carrera 76 #32EE29
  2. Sabaneta – Carrera 43A #64Sur-87 (across from the Vaquita grocery store)
  3. Itagüí – Central Mayorista (no PCR tests offered here)
  • PCR test cost – 270,000 pesos
  • Antigen test cost – 140,000 pesos
  • Antibody test cost – 90,000 pesos
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Appointment – not needed
  • Time for PCR test results – 48 hours or less

Two Americans obtaining PCR tests at the Sabaneta location. One received his results in 48 hours and the other in 24 hours. If you go early in the day and their lab is not busy it is possible to obtain results the next day.

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