Departing guests may be required to take either a PCR or an antigen test to conform with the arrival requirements of the country they are travelling to. The nature of the test (PCR or antigen) is determined by the requirements of the country of arrival and it is the responsibility of the guest to check what the arrival country requires. Currently, PCR tests can only be carried out in the city of São Tomé (not on Príncipe Island). 24 hours (and therefore one night at Omali) is always required for these tests in case of bad weather and/or other delays.
If a PCR test is required:
Where? PCR tests are carried out in the city of São Tomé at the ADX Central Services lab by a qualified medical practitioner, or at Omali.
When? Within 72 hours before international departure. Depending on the departure time of the international flight, a one-or-two-night stay may be required at Omali. Please refer to our testing timetable for details.
How? It is the responsibility of the guest to book this PCR test on the website: www.adxcentralservices.com or by phone (+239 9933787). The PCR test costs €110 for international passport holders and can be paid directly to the test centre in cash or using a credit card. Then, once the test has been booked, guests should advise Omali to phone and confirm 24 hours prior to the test date and time to confirm all is in order. To book a test at Omali, all details must be given to reception to book with a 24-hour advance warning. The test at Omali is only payable in cash (€130).
Transport: HBD Príncipe is not able to provide transfers to ADX but are on hand to book taxis. These taxis cost approximately €5 per way and should be paid for in cash to the taxi driver.
If an antigen test is required:
Where? Antigen tests are either carried out privately at Omali by a qualified medical practitioner or at the local ARS Medica Clinic.
When? Within 48 hours before international departure. Depending on the departure time of the international flight, a one-or-two-night stay may be required at Omali. Please refer to our testing timetable for details.
How? HBD Príncipe will pre-book the antigen test when advised. A private antigen test costs €21 (for a private test at Omali), or €15 for a test at the ARS Medica Clinic. These costs will be billed to the room account at Omali.
Transport: No transport is required if the nurse comes to Omali. For tests at ARS, Omali will be on hand to book taxis. These taxis cost approximately €5 per way, and should be paid for in cash.