Croatian Public Health Institute Prices for PCR, Antigen, Serology Tests

Lauren Simmonds

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One of the biggest practical gripes people in Croatia have had since the very beginning of the pandemic back in spring 2020 has been the sheer cost of testing for the novel virus. Many can’t understand how on Earth a swab being swirled around up their nose can cost them 700 kuna, which is no small amount. Not to mention waiting in lines for the pleasure of it all.

PCR testing has become the norm ever since the pandemic began, and it’s difficult to come across anyone anymore who hasn’t had to be tested for some reason or another, be it for travel, because of them having been in contact with a positive person or for admittance to hospital. The amount some institutions, such as the Andrija Stampar Institute in Zagreb, have earned on these tests has been an eye opener for many.

New Croatian Public Health Institute price lists will likely bring relief to the pockets of many who still need the tests for various reasons, such as travel, if they haven’t yet been vaccinated.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, as of the 16th of June 2021, based on a decision made by the Governing Board, new Croatian prices of microbiological tests, which are provided at the request of legal and natural persons, will come into force at the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

It’s important to note that these new testing price lists refer exclusively to testing prices at the Croatian Public Health Institute, nowhere else, and are as follows:

A test for SARS-CoV-2 (RT-PCR) – 390.00 kuna per unit/test.

A serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibody detection – 200.00 kuna per unit/test.

A rapid antigen test for COVID-19 – 150.00 kuna per unit/test.

The aforementioned prices do not apply when a person is tested for the novel coronavirus based on a referral issued by a doctor, which remains free of charge.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and testing centres up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.


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