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Obligation to test for those returning to travel: But who pays for the expensive tests abroad?

2021-07-30T07:18:18.137Z

According to a draft by the Federal Ministry of Health, the general obligation to test for travelers returning will come soon. But the tests can cost more than 100 euros per person abroad.



According to a draft by the Federal Ministry of Health, the general obligation to test for travelers returning will come soon.

But the tests can cost more than 100 euros per person abroad.

Munich - Test obligation for all holiday returnees and all means of transport: This regulation, which emerges from a draft ordinance of the Ministry of Health, is currently hotly debated.

Accordingly, the general test obligation should come into force on August 1st.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated twice or has recovered and is over six years old must be able to present a negative coronavirus test upon entry.

But a test abroad can be expensive.

Testing abroad: how much do the tests cost in other countries?

What does the health insurance company pay?

The prices for PCR and antigen tests can differ significantly across Europe. The European Consumer Center Germany provides information about the differences. Only Denmark and the Netherlands currently offer free tests for tourists. Spain charges an average of around 50 euros for antigen tests. A PCR test is often available for less than 100 euros. In Italy, travelers can expect prices between 20 and 50 euros (antigen test) and between 50 and 120 euros (PCR test). These are two examples that show that testing outside of Germany can be an investment.

The test options vary significantly locally.

In some countries, the tests are carried out in laboratories or by a doctor.

Elsewhere there are test centers or airlines that run tests.

EVZ.de provides detailed information about test options and costs.

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Entry could soon be expensive for those returning from the country.

According to a draft, the federal government wants to introduce a general test requirement.

© P. Royer / Imago

Does the health insurance company pay for a test?

The German health insurance only reimburses tests "if the costs are also covered in your travel destination for those insured there." you have no right to reimbursement in this country either, ”says

EVZ

.

In any case, it is always worth showing your European health insurance card.

Private health insurance abroad could also cover the costs.

According to

EVZ

, travelers should find out about the services in advance

.

Test regulation for return travelers: reimbursement of costs or pool tests as a way out?

In view of the expanded test obligation, there are now demands for the cost of the PCR or antigen tests to be reimbursed.

According to the SPD parliamentary group, the state must assume the costs of planned PCR tests for returnees from high-risk corona areas.

"For a family that can quickly amount to several hundred euros," said parliamentary group manager Carsten Schneider.

"That is why I demand that in these cases the cost of the PCR tests be borne by the state." "The well-deserved vacation must not become a cost trap," the party writes on Twitter.

The Hamburg virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit also sees the cost point as critical.

He calls for pool tests.

(chd / dpa)

List of rubric lists: © P. Royer / Imago

Source: merkur

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