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How to Get a Quick Covid Test for Travel

by Brook Wilkinson | December 6, 2021

Many of us would like to ensure we’re coronavirus-free before we travel. Such pre-trip Covid tests are now required by many foreign countries. Typically, to enter the country, you need to be able to show negative results from a Covid test taken within anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days of your arrival.

Thankfully, it’s become much easier to get quick Covid test results, whether you are seeking a mail-in-option that eliminates having to visit a public-health clinic or testing site, you require an in-person test on a short timeline, or you want a convenient way to meet the testing requirement to return to the U.S.* While testing may not pick up a very recent infection, it’s a useful tool—especially if combined with a period of pre-trip self-isolation—for responsible travelers who aim to minimize our collective risk.

Below are several of your best options for a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test with the last-minute results you need for many destinations: We’ve listed in-person options in select U.S. cities, mail-in test kits that you can do from home, and self-administered tests that you can take in a foreign country. (Note that some places will not accept results from mail-in tests.) If you’re looking for a test in a location not listed below, do a search for quick Covid test—not “rapid,” as that is the term used for a non-PCR test—and your desired location. In my reporting, I’ve found that urgent-care centers are a good bet for quick Covid tests.

Whatever testing method you pursue, keep in mind that, while Congress has stipulated that Covid tests be free when “medically necessary,” insurance companies are interpreting that differently and may or may not cover pre-travel testing.

*Note: As of December 6, 2021, all travelers entering the U.S. by air—regardless of vaccination status or citizenship—must show a negative Covid test taken within one day of their departure. You can read the CDC’s details for testing and vaccine requirements for U.S. citizens here.

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In-Person Tests

Nationwide

  • Curative conducts saliva-based tests at pop-up sites across the country. There is no out-of-pocket cost, and results are available in 1-2 days.
  • DM Covid-19 Test will send a clinician to your home almost anywhere in the Lower 48 states to conduct a curbside test, with 3-4 days’ advance notice. Results are available the same day in Orlando, Philadelphia, northern Virginia, central Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York for $349, or the next day at any location that they cover for $299.
  • CVS has drive-through testing—as well as walk-up testing in some locations—and reports that the average turnaround time is 1-2 days. Tests are free for those who meet certain criteria related to symptoms and exposure, and $139 otherwise.
  • Walgreens offers drive-through tests at select locations; turnaround time varies by location and by the lab used to obtain results. There is no cost for most individuals.
  • Passport Health is offering tests at some of their clinics at a cost of $200, with results in 72 hours.

Arizona

  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Phoenix; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours, or $150 for results in 12 hours.
  • Saguaro Bloom sells test kits with a self-administered swab at their Scottsdale location; the cost is $149 for results in 24 hours, or $279 for same-day results.

California

  • Cosmos Health Solutions offers tests in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Tustin. Tests are free with insurance, with results in 24-48 hours; you can pay $75 for results in less than 24 hours, or $150 for results in 1 hour.
  • Good Life Medical Services has drive-through testing in Los Angeles that is free if you have insurance, or they will send a clinician to your home for $250. Results are returned in 48-72 hours; 24- to 48-hour turnaround is available for an additional $250-$350.
  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Oakland; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours. Their Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Long Beach, and Los Angeles locations can also deliver results in 12 hours, at a cost of $150.
  • Reliant Urgent Care conducts tests at locations across Los Angeles county; the cost is $175 for same-day results.
  • OnSite Safe conducts drive-up testing in Van Nuys and Sacramento, using saliva samples. The cost is $164-$215 for results by midnight 2 days after your test; in Van Nuys, you can pay an additional $24.75 for results by midnight the next day.
  • US Specialty Labs does drive-through testing with documentation for travel in San Diego for $135, with results in under 24 hours.
  • McCampbell Analytical offers self-collected test kits, which you pick up and drop off at their lab about an hour outside San Francisco in Pittsburg. Options range from results by 7:00 p.m. the next day for $129, to results in 3 hours for $699.
  • IGeneX offers testing in Milpitas, next door to San Jose; their staff will assist as you collect your own sample using a nasal swab. It is $250 for results in 24 hours, and $400 for same-day results.
  • Wellness 4 Humanity conducts saliva tests in San Jose, with results in 24-48 hours for $189, or guaranteed the next day for $439.
  • CityHealth conducts tests in Sacramento and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with costs billed to your insurance and results in 48 hours; you can pay $120 for results in 24 hours.
  • Med2u Inc. does home/office visits in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The cost is $200, plus a travel fee of $100 or more; results are available late the next day.
  • OpenClear is a concierge service that brings a clinician to your home or office in the Los Angeles area for Covid testing. Costs range from $499 for results in 48-72 hours to $899 for results in 12-24 hours.

Delaware

  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests in Middletown; it’s $219 for next-day results.

Florida

  • Covid Testing LLC does testing at several locations in Orlando and Central Florida. Testing is free with insurance, plus a $35 charge for next-day results or $75 for same-day results.
  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours, or $150 for results in 12 hours.
  • ARCpoint Labs offers tests in Ft. Lauderdale; the cost is $199 for results in 24 hours, $249 for results in 6 hours, and $399 for results in 2 hours.
  • LAB Doctor offers tests in Ft. Lauderdale for $179, with results the next day.
  • BayCare is conducting tests at the Tampa airport for $150, with results typically returned in 48 hours.
  • OnSite Safe conducts drive-up testing in Tampa, using saliva samples. The cost is $164 for results by midnight 2 days after your test; you can pay an additional $24.75 for results by midnight the next business day.
  • Med2u Inc. conducts tests at their Hollywood office, and will do home or office visits in the surrounding region. The cost is $200, plus a travel fee of $100 or more; results are available by late evening of the next business day.
  • Physician Partners of America will come to clients in the Tampa and Orlando areas to conduct a test for $300, with results in 24 hours.
  • OpenClear is a concierge service that brings a clinician to your home or office in the Miami area for Covid testing. Costs range from $499 for results in 48-72 hours to $899 for results in 12-24 hours.
  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests in Daytona Beach; it’s $219 for next-day results, or $299 for same-day results.

Georgia

  • Viral Solutions offers drive-up testing in several locations around Atlanta at no cost. Results are typically available in 2 days.
  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Atlanta; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours.
  • Wellness 4 Humanity conducts saliva and throat-swab tests in Atlanta, with results in 24-48 hours for $169, or guaranteed by 2:00 a.m. for $209. They will also come to your home or office for an additional $249.
  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests in Atlanta; it’s $219 for next-day results, or $299 for same-day results.

Hawaii

  • Wellness 4 Humanity conducts saliva and throat-swab tests in Honolulu, with results in 24-48 hours for $199.

Illinois

  • Prime Care Physicians offers drive-up tests at their clinic in Schaumburg with results in 15-48 hours; they accept some insurance or charge $125 out of pocket. They also do in-home or in-office tests for an additional $100-$150 fee.

Maryland

  • Brookville Pharmacy conducts tests in Chevy Chase; the cost is $200 for results in 48 hours, or $250 for results in 24 hours.
  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests at their Columbia office; it’s $219 for same-day results, or $299 for results in one hour.

Massachusetts

  • Tufts Medical Center conducts tests in Boston, with results in 48-72 hours. If your insurance does not cover the test, the cost is $135.
  • Veritas offers tests at locations in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Ipswich, Andover, Beverly, and Newton Center. The cost is $120; results are available the same day if your sample is collected before noon, or the next day for afternoon tests.

Missouri

  • ARCPoint Labs offers tests in St. Louis; the cost is $225 for results in 48-60 hours, or $250 for same-day results.

Nevada

  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Las Vegas; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours.
  • Phamatech, Inc. conducts shallow-nasal-swab tests in Las Vegas. The cost is $120 for results in 24-48 hours.

New Jersey

  • LabQ offers walk-up testing at various locations in New Jersey. The testing is free, with results in 24 hours.
  • Urgent Medical Care & MRI in Jersey City conducts tests with a 30-minute turnaround at a cost of $250.

New York

  • LabQ offers walk-up testing at various locations in New York City. The testing is free, with results in 24 hours.
  • Bloom Labs sells test kits with a self-administered swab at their Manhattan location; the cost is $299 for results in 3-4 hours.
  • Worksite Labs conducts tests near JFK airport; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours.
  • CareCube offers tests at their locations in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. The cost is $100-$150 with insurance, or $225 without, with results in 4-6 hours.
  • The Medical Offices of Manhattan performs tests at their three locations in Manhattan, with results in 1 hour. The office visit costs $199 (your insurance may cover this), and the test costs $225.
  • Venistat will send a clinician to your home anywhere in New York’s five boroughs or on Long Island. The cost is $115 with insurance, or $185 without. Results are guaranteed in 24 hours; the average turnaround time is 14 hours.
  • OnSite Safe conducts drive-up testing in Manhattan, using saliva samples. The cost is $184 for results by midnight 2 days after your test, or $208.75 for results by midnight the next business day.
  • The New York Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine offers tests with same-day results in Manhattan; the test costs $395, an official certificate for travel an additional $35.
  • Urgent Care of New York performs drive-up tests at its four locations in Westchester and Rockland counties for $75 (they accept most insurance for the $120 cost of the visit), with results in about 20 minutes.
  • Med2u Inc. does home/office visits in New York City. The cost is $200, plus a $100-$200 travel fee; results are available in 24 hours.
  • OpenClear is a concierge service that brings a clinician to your home or office in the New York area (including Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) for Covid testing. Costs range from $499 for results in 48-72 hours to $899 for results in 12-24 hours.

North Carolina

  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests in Wilmington; it’s $219 for next-day results.

Oregon

  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Portland; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours, or $150 for results in 12 hours.
  • AFC Urgent Care Center offers tests at their 5 locations in the Portland area. The cost is $139 for results in 24-72 hours, or $199 for results in 15-60 minutes.

Pennsylvania

  • AFC Urgent Care Center conducts tests in South Philadelphia. They bill insurance for a standard test with results typically returned in 1-3 days; same-day results are available for $150.
  • Frontage Lab does testing at its Exton facility. The cost is $200 for same-day results.
  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests in Philadelphia and East Falls; it’s $219 for next-day results, or $299 for same-day results.

South Carolina

  • Phlebo on the Go offers mobile testing in Hilton Head and the surrounding area; the cost is $165 for results in 24 hours.
  • DM Covid-19 Test conducts curbside tests in Fort Mill; it’s $219 for next-day results.

Tennessee

  • At their two locations in Nashville, Complete Health Partners offers a package that includes a medical exam and a Covid test for $250, with results in 30-45 minutes.

Texas

  • APC Health offers drive-through tests in Pearland. The cost is $60 for results in 24 hours.
  • DevLab bio conducts tests at their lab near Dallas-Fort Worth. The cost is $115 for next-day results, $215 for same-day results, or $290 for results in 30-45 minutes.
  • BioExcel Diagnostics performs saliva tests at their lab in Houston. The cost is $60 for results within 48 hours.
  • OpenClear is a concierge service that brings a clinician to your home or office in the Houston area for Covid testing. Costs range from $499 for results in 48-72 hours to $899 for results in 12-24 hours.
  • iGenomeDx conducts drive-up tests at its San Antonio lab for $125. Results are available by 6 p.m. for tests done before 10:30 a.m.; otherwise, results are available in 24-48 hours.
  • ADL Health conducts drive-through tests at its San Antonio testing center; the cost is $169 for results in 24-48 hours.
  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Austin; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours.

Virginia

Washington

  • The City of Seattle offers free tests with results in 48-72 hours.
  • Worksite Labs conducts tests in Seattle; the cost is $90 for results in 24 hours, or $150 for results in 12 hours.
  • Discovery Health MD conducts test at the Seattle Airport and at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton nearby. The cost is $176 for next-day results or $349 for results in 1 hour.

Washington, D.C.

Mail-In Tests for the U.S.

ADL Health

  • The price: $119 for travelers flying on United; $169 for all others
  • The promise: Results are typically available 24-48 hours after the lab begins processing your sample.
  • The process: Order a kit online; when you’re ready to conduct your home test, return to ADL’s website to activate your kit. Collect your sample via a shallow nasal swab, then send it to the lab using the enclosed, prepaid UPS Next Day Air shipping label.
  • Get more info on ADL Health.

APC Health

  • The price: $100
  • The promise: Results are available within 24 hours of your sample arriving at their lab.
  • The process: When you request a kit from APC, you can choose to collect your saliva sample independently, or during a video call. (Some countries require that you be supervised while taking the Covid test necessary for entry.) Return your specimen via the prepaid UPS materials. Results include a QR code.
  • Get more info on APC Health.

Azova via Costco

  • The price: $116.99
  • The promise: Results are expected 12-72 hours after the lab receives your sample.
  • The process: Kits are available only for purchase online by Costco members. Once you receive your kit, you can schedule a video observation to collect your sample. Return it via the prepaid next-day air shipping materials.
  • Get more info on Azova.

Carbon Health

  • The price: $185
  • The promise: Results are expected within 72 hours of shipping your sample to the lab.
  • The process: Order online and your testing kit will be shipped to you via FedEx overnight delivery. Collect your saliva sample and return it in the overnight packaging provided.
  • Get more info on Carbon Health.

The COVID Consultants

  • The price: $219 (+$25 if you need a Saturday delivery label)
  • The promise: Results are guaranteed within 24 hours of your sample arriving at the lab.
  • The process: Fill out their form and The COVID Consultants will immediately send you a kit (you can choose between a sputum test or nasal swab) and an invoice. Collect your sample and send it to their lab via the included packaging for overnight shipping.
  • Get more info on The COVID Consultants.

Covid Testing LLC

  • The price: $150, plus shipping costs to send the kit to you
  • The promise: Results are processed the same day the lab receives your sample.
  • The process: Order a kit online, collect a saliva sample, and mail it to the lab in the prepaid return box.
  • Get more info on Covid Testing LLC. 

empowerDX

  • The price: free with insurance, or $99
  • The promise: Results are normally available with 48 business hours of the lab receiving your sample. You must be 18 or older to use this test.
  • The process: Order a kit online and you will receive it within 2 business days. Collect your sample with the shallow nasal swab, then return it via the enclosed FedEx next-day packaging.
  • Get more info on empowerDX.

Everlywell

  • The price: $109
  • The promise: Results are reported within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving your sample. The stated time of your sample collection may default to midnight. You must be 18 or older to use the test.
  • The process: Order a kit online and it will arrive within 2-10 business days, depending on the shipping method you choose. (The order form requires that you report potential exposure in order to qualify for a test; Everlywell has confirmed to us that any time spent in public qualifies as exposure.) Once the kit arrives, insert a swab about one inch into each nostril, then return your sample to the lab via the prepaid UPS next-day service label.
  • Get more info on Everlywell.

ImmunitiRx

  • The price: $225, with a 10% discount on orders of 4 or more kits (+$15 if you need a Saturday delivery label)
  • The promise: Results are typically reported 24-36 hours after their lab receives your sample.
  • The process: Order a kit online and ImmunitiRx will send it out via FedEx two-day shipping. Spit three to four times into the supplied cup, then deliver it to a FedEx DropBox for overnight shipping to the lab (box and shipping label provided).
  • Get more info on ImmunitiRx.

LetsGetChecked

  • The price: $109
  • The promise: Results are usually available 24-72 hours after the lab receives your sample. You must be 18 or older to use this test.
  • The process: Order a test online, then activate the kit via the company’s website when you’re ready to use it: Collect your sample with a shallow nasal swab, then mail it to the lab via the enclosed express UPS shipping label.
  • Get more info on LetsGetChecked. 

OnSite Safe

  • The price: $127.95
  • The promise: You’ll get your results within 48 hours of the lab receiving your sample. Results are available by midnight the day after the lab receives your sample for an additional $24.75. Test kits can not be shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, or New York City.
  • The process: Order your kit online, then spit 3-5 times into the cup and return it via the included FedEx Overnight shipping label.
  • Get more info on OnSite Safe.

Quest Diagnostics

  • The price: $138.30
  • The promise: Results are typically available 24 to 48 hours after your sample arrives at the lab. You must be 18 or older to use this test.
  • The process: Quest’s kit includes materials to collect an upper respiratory nasal sample and a prepaid overnight Fedex shipping label. (Quest also offers drive-through testing at a number of Walmart locations across the country for $128.30.)
  • Get more info on QuestDiagnostics.

Med2u Inc.

  • The price: $200, plus $39 shipping fee per order (+$10 if you need a Saturday delivery label)
  • The promise: Results are available 12-14 hours after the lab receives your sample.
  • The process: Order either a nasal-swab or sputum testing kit and collect your sample. Return it to the lab via the prepaid overnight shipping label.
  • Get more info on Med2u Inc.

VaultHealth

  • The price: $119
  • The promise: Results are typically returned 24-48 hours after your sample arrives at their lab. The provided documentation lists the date of the sample collection, but not the time.
  • The process: Receive your testing kit in the mail, then do a Zoom video call with a test supervisor, who will guide you through the process of saliva collection. The kit includes prepaid materials for overnight shipping.
  • Get more info on VaultHealth.

Wellness 4 Humanity

  • The price: $149, or $559 for a 4-pack
  • The promise: Results are available in 24-48 hours after the lab receives your sample. The provided documentation lists the date of the sample collection, but not the time.
  • The process: Purchase a kit online. Spit into the enclosed collection tube, then return it via the prepaid overnight packaging.
  • Get more info on Wellness 4 Humanity.

Tests That Can Be Self-Administered Abroad

Note: These kits are not PCR tests, but they do meet the testing criteria for entry to the U.S.

Abbott BinaxNOW + eMed 

  • The price: $150 for a pack of 6 tests via eMed; $70 for a pack of 2 via Optum
  • The promise: eMed sells Abbott’s BinaxNOW test kits that you can self-administer anywhere you have broadband internet access and a device with a camera. Results are determined in 15 minutes during your guided testing session.
  • The process: Order the kits online and you can self-administer them via a video visit with an eMed Certified Guide. The test involves a shallow nasal swab. You must download the NAVICA app before departing the U.S. and bring two tests per person.
  • Get more info on eMed.

Ellume + Azova

  • The price: $26-$45 for test kit, $15 for video observation visit
  • The promise: Ellume’s test kit meets the testing requirement to enter the U.S. only when conducted under video observation, which Azova provides. Results are sent via SMS and email within 24 hours.
  • The process: Purchase an Ellume kit online or in a pharmacy, then go to Azova’s website to schedule a video visit during which you will take the test. Video observations are available 24/7, but it is recommended that you schedule your session as soon as you have booked your flight back to the U.S.
  • Get more info on Ellume.
  • Get more info on Azova.

Qured

  • The price: $59
  • The promise: Take a kit during a telehealth visit and receive results in 2 hours.
  • The process: Order a kit online, schedule your video consultation, and at the appointed time one of Qured’s health advisors will walk you through the testing process. The kit includes a second test, which users are advised to take 24-36 hours later to confirm the result.
  • Get more info on Qured.

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23 Comments

  1. Leslie Enlow

    We are traveling to Morocco in 2 weeks using one of your recommendations. (She is wonderful). We plan to schedule a COVID. Test at our last hotel however I want to bring along some test kits, just in case. When I go to the Ellume website it says to get them at your local pharmacy but my pharmacy only has the Abbot Binex Now, which,I believe is what Wendy took to Turkey. Should I take that or order online another test?

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Leslie,
      The Abbott BinaxNOW test kits that you can purchase at a pharmacy do not include video observation of the test–and that video visit is essential for any test to meet the C.D.C’s requirements for entry into the U.S. You can either purchase an Abbott kit with video visit via eMed or Optum (see links above), or follow the “Get more info on Ellume” link above to see online and in-person options for purchasing an Ellume kit.

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Some European countries require a pre-trip test, while others don’t; acceptable tests vary by country. You can find more details here: https://www.wendyperrin.com/countries-reopened-to-u-s-travelers/

      If you’re ready to plan a custom-tailored itinerary to one of the European countries that is currently open, the destination specialists on The WOW List can help ensure that you meet all of the applicable entry requirements: https://www.wendyperrin.com/wow-list/

  2. Kerry Semrau

    My family and some friends are traveling to Belize on Dec 5 (leave Sacramento on Dec 4, thru Atlanta landing in Belize on Dec5). and traveling with a 6yo, 9yo and 14yo. Where can we get the PCR testing for children, under 18. Also are the at home saliva kits okay for travel to Belize, it worries me due to lack of chain of custody reasons and them not accepting them and when do those tests times start counting towards the 72 hours?

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Kerry,
      We’ve noted above which mail-in kits are not available to children. When you send in your sample, you note the collection time, which should then be generated on your test results. But you’ll want to confirm with your preferred testing option, and with the authorities in Belize, that this will be accepted. (That’s something that our WOW Listers are doing for their travelers.)
      Brook

  3. Missy DeBoard

    Hi!
    I am flying to Uganda in December through Amsterdam. They require a negative Covid Test 72 prior to departure.
    My question is does the 72 hours start at the time they take the swab, or would it start when you get your results.
    I am a bit concerned if it doesn’t come back for 24-48 hours it might run out by the time I reach my destination . When I get the results has it used up those hours already, and run out before I get there?

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Missy,
      The test timing requirements vary by destination, and are all explained in our article about the countries that are open to U.S. travelers: https://www.wendyperrin.com/countries-reopened-to-u-s-travelers. But in every case, the window for testing begins at the moment you take the test, not when you receive results. To enter Uganda, your test must be performed within 72 hours of boarding an aircraft in-bound to Uganda; in your case, you must be tested in the 72 hours prior to boarding your flight from Amsterdam. You have a few options: (1) Find a test with a same-day turnaround (I received results of a PCR test in 20 minutes at a clinic in New York earlier this month); (2) take a test before leaving the U.S. that will return results while you are flying to Amsterdam; or (3) get tested at Schiphol Airport: https://klmhealthservices.com/en/about-us/contact/branches/#1486564109217-ff5f6c67-ef26. The first option would be preferable, of course, so that you know you will be allowed into Uganda before you leave home.
      Happy travels!

  4. Carol Sodergren

    Flying to Maui in November from PHX. Will CVS give you document proof that is acceptable to the Hawaiian Government?

  5. alcw

    I used Walgreen’s before flying to DIA and CVS after returning home to Virginia. The results from both tests came back within 72 hours. It was the self swab version done in their drive through pharmacy.

  6. Paul L Riviere

    Where in Broward Co., Florida, can I get a Covid-19 test with official results in 2 days or less in order to meet travel requirements? Need an exact reliable place name and address, please.
    Thank you,

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Paul. We aren’t able to research every county in the nation, but here’s what I learned while looking into options in the New York area for my own upcoming trip. First, make sure you know exactly what kind of test your destination requires, and then search for quick Covid tests of that type in your county, and/or the larger cities in/near your county (e.g., Ft. Lauderdale, Miami). If you need a PCR test, don’t search for “rapid covid tests,” because that will bring up results for a non-PCR, less reliable type of test–known as a “rapid test”–that delivers results in 15 minutes. Many websites don’t list their latest turnaround-time info, so it’s best to call for up-to-date answers. If you have a layover, it may be possible to be tested inside that airport; if you opt for that you’d also want to take a mail-in test before you leave so that you don’t unexpectedly test positive between flights.

  7. Kishore Desai

    We are flying to Hawaii in early November. Hawaii govt has announced, beginning 15th October, we need to have corona test, 72 hours before our flight. We live in Orange County, California. Any recommendations for the test?

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Kishore,
      You can find the specific requirements for which tests meet Hawaii’s standards at https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/. I recommend that you call these three companies that offer mail-in test kits and see if any of them meet those standards. If so, an at-home test will definitely be more convenient–and likely less expensive–than finding a medical office that can test you and return results in time. Good luck!

  8. Richard McIntyre

    Hi Brook, Richard Mcintyre again. I am taking a flight to Costa Rica on Nov.29. They require a confirmed negative COVID test with 72 hours of the flight. Thanksgiving is the 26th and most people don’t work on the 27th. I would need an email confirmation no later than the 28th of November prior to a 6:00 AM flight on the 29th. I know it is crazy. What would you suggest?
    Thanks for your time.

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      I checked with The COVID Consultants, as they have the quickest turnaround time, and they told me that you could mail them a test on Friday with a Saturday-delivery label, and they could return results Saturday evening. You would have to confirm what your local FedEx drop-off location’s deadline is on November 27. I recommend that you call The COVID Consultants and FedEx for more info. Good luck!

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Good question, Richard. Pixel will accept Medicare for payment. Their also representative told me that, if Medicare or your private insurance denies the claim, they will submit your bill to be paid via government funding.

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