For up six months, the Portuguese government is allowing for the distribution of COVID-19 tests for at-home self-administration.
The decision, announced Friday in the government’s official publication, Diário da República Electronico, was guided by the need to increase testing as part of the government’s strategy to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The tests will now be available for home-based self-testing “even if they were intended for professional use,” the government says.
The decree applies to rapid antigen tests, which are typically the ones using nasal swabs, and the government says that their sales will be made through pharmacies, health centers and other locations. It’s unclear when exactly we can expect the tests to start appearing for sale to the general public.
There’s also no indication whether there will be any regulation of pricing for the tests, which at various locations around the country cost from 20€ to more than 100€.