Yes, Covid Tests are still part of travel. The good news is, testing is easy and results are fast. That said, if you are planning a trip to Milan where can you even get a COVID Test to return home and what are the requirements? This article will explain testing requirements to return to the USA from Italy (Milan), where and how to get an antigen test, and even how you can book and reserve your test online today!
Current Travel Testing Requirments (Updated Dec 2nd): Regardless of vaccination status and nationality, the new testing window requirement is one day before departure, which means that you need to get tested the day prior to your departure. i.e. if you leave in the evening on Tuesday, you can get tested as early as Monday morning.
Click the button below to reserve your Covid rapid antigen test for the day before your departure in Milan.
2) Covid Test at a Private Clinic in Milan
Mostly PCR Only Test | Labs or Clinics | Various Locations
I’ve had great experiences at private clinics and recommend them in Italy, especially if you need them for a PCR test. Synlab has several labs throughout Italy in the major cities, and you can book everything online. In Milan, there are several locations in the city center. Receipt of PCR results is within 24-36 hours, but you can pay extra to expedite the results within 24 hours. The site is in Italian so if you don’t speak the language, use a browser that will translate.
The first step to take an antigen test at a private clinic for returning to the USA is to register online. In Lake Como, the clinics and testing centers will be in Como town. If you are staying in Bellagio, Tremezzo, or Lezzeno, you will have to go to Como for your test.
For Analise, I registered using this LINK HERE. For Bianalisi, I registered using this LINK HERE. Bianalisi is the only private clinic on this list that offers an antigen test. Both have various locations in the Milan area.
Cost: 50 EUR
1) Covid Test at Malpensa or Linate Airport
PCR or Antigen | Last Minute Option | Convenient Location
Travelers wishing to take an antigen test at Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Linate (LIN) in Milan must register in advance. Grupo San Donato has a lab next Malpensa Airport. You can book a test by using this LINK HERE. The website to register for an Antigen Test at Malpensa is a bit tricky. Sometimes the location is listed as Palazzo Della Salute, but you will take the antigen test at Malpensa. The cost is 36 Euros.
The Malpensa Airport website has a link to the lab located inside the airport. The same Medical Airport Service has a testing site at Linate Airport too.
The COVID19 rapid antigen test is available at Malpensa Airport every day,05:30 to 22:00 in arrivals. The testing center is located in the arrivals section of Terminal 1 at door number 4 on floor zero. On the map below it is located at D4 in arrivals.
A Rapid Antigen test costs 20€. Results are received in 15 minutes.
A PCR Test costs 90-180€ depending on how fast you need the results.
For more details, please visit the Malpensa Airport site.
Cost: 22 EUR
A Word about Take Home Tests
Take-home tests purchased in drug stores before leaving the USA are becoming increasingly popular. I think they are a good backup option. They cost about the same as a test in Italy and can take about the same time as getting a COVID test in Italy. The most significant caveat is that you never know how long it will take. The tests acceptable for travel require an online consultation.