It comes as Spain, which has seen its own incoming tourism ravaged by the virus, has taken over the unwanted leadership of being the country with the highest per capita contagion rate in Europe, according to state broadcaster RTVE.
InterMundial said it was making the PCR service available through its network of collaborating travel agents, enabling people to get the certificates they may now need to travel abroad.
In a statement it said a deal had been reached ‘through an exclusive agreement with one of the most important hospital groups in Spain and in collaboration with the leading network of laboratories in analysis and diagnosis services’.
The scheme was launched on 17 August with the aim of ‘facilitating access’ to Covid-19 detection tests as countries have begun asking Spanish visitors for proof of testing negative.
Certification is already obligatory to enter countries such as Spain’s European Union partners Austria and Greece. “It is foreseeable that the rest of the international destinations will be aligning with them,” the company said.
Travel agents will also be able to offer clients a coronavirus cancellation guarantee as part of InterMundial insurance policies.
“So in the case of a PCR test throwing up a positive result, and therefore not being allowed to travel, the traveller can recoup the money on their journey and reservations,” the company explained.
Clients wanting to make use of the service will be able to collect the documentation from any of the broker’s agency network.
This will enable them to visit one of more than 500 test centres around the country and to get a discount of up to 80 Euros off the price of the test.
InterMundial said results of the PCR will be sent to the client over a maximum of 48 hours, along with the laboratory’s official certificate to show they are negative. There is also an express service enabling receipt of the certificate six hours after the test.