The Buda Health Center is one of the leading private institutions of Budapest offering its patients personalized comprehensive health care.


PCR test

The (SARS-CoV-2, known as COVID-19) PCR test detects the presence of the virus’s RNA in a sample taken from the pharynx and nose even before the onset of symptoms. One of the prerequisites for a successful test is the correct sampling and the presence of an adequate virus count in the sample. The test provides an answer as to whether the patient is infected with the virus at the time of the sampling.

Price: 19,500 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

In order to ensure the accuracy of the sampling’s result, the patient must not eat, drink, brush teeth, smoke or perform any activity that may affect the density and composition of mucous secretions during the 8-10 hours before sampling. E.g. you should not use mouthwash, consume candy or chew gum. Patients should only drink clean water even if they are very thirsty. However, if possible, this should be avoided 6 hours before the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed via an oral sample taken from the posterior pharynx and a sample taken from the nose.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What happens if the result is positive?

The result can be “negative”, “positive”, or “sample cannot be evaluated”.
If the test result is “sample cannot be evaluated”, further testing is required.
In case the result is “positive”, the patient will be notified by phone and will receive information about the further steps.

Patient safety protocol

We consider the safety of our patients and our professionals to be of the utmost importance, therefore, in accordance with the current regulations in force, we implement several protective measures against COVID-19 in our Institute, which you can read about in detail HERE. A negative PCR test is required for oral and other body cavity examinations or interventions if the patient had a positive PCR test in the last 3 weeks prior to the test.

The high level of interest in coronavirus testing has proportionally increased the workload of our telephone customer service. In order to improve our service, we provide a dedicated telephone line for corona virus test appointments: +36 1 999-1727
At the above telephone number - on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. - our colleagues only book appointments for coronavirus testing.

To download the on-site pre-screening questionnaire, please click HERE!

In order to provide mandatory information to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) in accordance with legal regulations, the basic condition for starting care for all Hungarian citizens is to provide the number of the social security identification card ("TAJ kártya") and to provide credible proof of your personal data. In the case of foreign nationals who do not have a TAJ, the number of the foreign travel document will be recorded.