Pre-trip Covid testing has become an option for travelers to avoid quarantine in many locations, or to meet travel requirements in others. Nearly all international travel now requires a negative Covid test, and the CDC recommends testing both before and after traveling in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
Making Testing Accessible
Airlines were among the first to consider offering pre-trip tests to encourage leisure travel, and some peak international business travel destinations. Numerous carriers are partnering with 3rd party medical firms to provide digital or hard copy test results within 72 hours of travel at the traveler’s expense which ranges from $119 – $130 per test. Hawaiian Airlines was among the first carriers to coordinate testing locations to remove the 14 day quarantine for Hawaii visitors, including testing out of Seattle and San Francisco. American Airlines most announced the partnership with LetsGetChecked and United Airlines with ADL Health.
From a Business Travel perspective, Delta most recently announced a Covid-free flight between Atlanta and Rome which requires passengers to provide proof of negative test prior to boarding, as well as partnership with KLM to include Atlanta/Amsterdam.
Airports have been working to expand access to testing sites at many of the larger airports throughout the country. These sites include some location specific partnerships with XpresSpa as well as for flights to predetermined destinations.
The following domestic airports are offering on-site testing. Pre-registration is either encouraged or required at these locations.
- Alaska: $250 testing fee upon arrival; Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan International Airports
- California: Oakland offers free on-site testing to Hawaii, San Francisco International Airport offers testing for UA passengers to Hawaii for $250
- Connecticut: Bradley International Airport, $125 fee
- Florida: Tampa International Airport for all arriving and departing passengers, $60 for rapid antigen test
- Massachusetts: Boston Logan, testing administered through XpresSpa Group
- New Jersey: Newark Liberty operates both XpresSpa Group testing, as well as United Airlines on-site testing for certain flights to London’s Heathrow Airport
- New York: JFK, XpresSpa Group in Terminal 4, and LaGuardia at the Terminal B parking garage on Level 1
- Vermont: Burlington International Airport, north of terminal at 481 White Street, near cell phone lot
At Home Testing is the most recent addition to encouraging travelers to fly, as they no longer need to be dependent on pop-up sites, urgent care centers and most hospitals by appointment. Companies offering these at-home tests include: