Travel and coronavirus tests: your questions answered

Nov 10, 2020 Travel News

Travel and coronavirus tests: your questions answered

Many places offer coronavirus testing, including some hospitals, emergency care clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Some churches and fire stations also offer testing. Airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, and American Airlines offer testing at the airport or at nearby drive-thru sites for passengers heading to certain destinations. Some airports have clinics at the terminals. Companies, including CareCube and Pixel by LabCorp, will mail you a test and return a sample to you; they promise to send you your results within 12 to 34 hours and 36 hours, respectively. JetBlue has a partnership with Vault Health for testing by mail.

It‘s a good idea to start by contacting your doctor’s office to see what all of the options are available for testing and how long it will take to get results. If you don’t have a primary care provider, a good place to start is with city and state health department websites, which outline the different options and locations for testing.

You should take a coronavirus test before you travel. Figuring out the exact time can be difficult, but you can’t wait too long to take the test because you might not get the results in time to go on a trip.

For these reasons, many destinations, including France, Aruba, Bonaire, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, require the test to be taken within 72 hours of departure. Abu Dhabi and Croatia require test results to be within 48 hours of departure. Some airlines, like Egypt Air, allow travelers to use the results of a test taken up to 96 hours before travel, depending on their destination and destination.

You can enter a test site, but it’s a good idea to make an appointment and not wait until the last minute to take the test.

It depends.

If you are taking a test because you are preparing to go on a trip, you should look for test providers who will provide you with the results within 36 hours, so that you have your results when you leave for your trip. Keep in mind that different tests will have different wait times for results. Rapid tests typically return results within an hour, and PCR test results tend to take a few days because samples need to be sent to a lab.

There is always a chance that your results won’t arrive on time, so try to be flexible in your travel plans.