The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires travelers to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight into the US as cases and new virus strains continue to grow. This includes US citizens. On January 21, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order for the new universal testing requirement which has been in effect since January 26.
During the pandemic, airports and airlines have started their own travel-safety measures in making sure that all travelers are safe. Obtaining a negative COVID-19 test if needed for travel has become a little easier as many airports have set up testing at airports.
This is an ever-changing situation so be sure to check new requirements and testing availability.
Here are several international airports that offer on-site COVID-19 tests for travelers like you and me:
Alaska requires its visitors to either present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or get tested upon arrival for $250--free for Alaska residents, and self-quarantine at their own expense while waiting for the results.
JNU - Juneau International Airport - The testing site inside the airport is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
KTN - Ketchikan International Airport - The airport testing site is open daily from 7 AM to 9:30 AM, 12 PM to 1:30 PM, and 6 PM. to 8:30 PM.
ANC - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport - The testing facility is located at the Baggage Claim Level of the Main Terminal and is open daily, 24 hours a day.
PHX - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport - Travelers can avail of PCR and antibody tests offered by the XpressSpa Group. The XpressCheck testing facility is on the third floor of Terminal 4 and is currently open Thursdays through Mondays, 9 AM to 5 PM, and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Starting February 15, XpressCheck will conduct COVID-19 tests daily, from 8 AM to 6 PM.
LAX - Los Angeles International Airport - Clarity Lab Solutions has partnered with LAX to offer on-site COVID-19 tests, standard PCR is $125 and antigen test is $80. LAX houses three testing locations: the primary lab across from Terminal 6, two satellite test centers in Terminal 2, and one in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
OAK - Oakland International Airport - This airport offers on-site testing for passengers traveling to Hawaii to skip the Aloha state’s quarantine period. Travelers can make online appointments to any of the test locations in OAK to either opt for a PCR test three days before a flight for $20 or pay $120 to get tested with a same-day PCR test if their flight is less than 72 hours away. Oakland International Airport also offers free testing to locals. The testing facility is at OAK’s North Field complex at 9070 Earhart Road and is open from 9 AM to 5 PM For travelers heading to Hawaii who didn’t get a prior COVID-19 test, the testing site is located in front of the main passenger terminal complex between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Main Terminal also caters to walk-ins for tests from 6 AM to 2:30 PM.
SAN - San Diego International Airport - You can get COVID-19 tests in San Diego airport for $170 from Alaska Airlines at the testing facility by the valet parking.
SFO - San Francisco International Airport - United Airlines passengers bound to Hawaii can avail of the on-site rapid test for $250, given that they have booked an appointment in advance, at SFO International Terminal from 8 AM to 6 PM.
BDL - Bradley International Airport - Travelers can get tested for COVID-19 at the Baggage Claim Area of BDL by presenting a copy of their boarding pass upon arrival for $125 or through passengers’ insurance. The test site is open from 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM daily.
FLL - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Spirit Airlines partnered with FLL to set up the COVID-19 test center on the Lower Level of Terminal 3. Travelers can opt for a rapid antigen test for $74 or a PCR test for $106 from Nomi Health upon showing their travel itineraries. An online appointment must be set for the test as walk-ins are only accepted if no appointments are waiting.
MCO - Orlando International Airport - The COVID-19 test center is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 7:30 AM to 3 PM across from the West Security Checkpoint Gates 1 - 59.
TPA - Tampa International Airport - TPA offers all arriving and departing travelers PCR tests for $150 and rapid antigen tests for $60 at the test location near the entrance to Airside F of Main Terminal. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM to noon.
PBIA - Palm Beach International Airport - Just this week, Palm Beach County Commissioners approved a plan to open a COVID-19 test facility to be operated by Helix at Palm Beach International Airport. The voluntary tests will go for about $125.
HNL - Daniel K. Inouye International Airport - Travelers can get their COVID-19 tests done at a mobile testing lab located by the Diamond Head Tour Group Area past Baggage Claim 31 for $125. It is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.
MDW - Chicago Midway International Airport - Doctors Test Centers partnered with Simple Laboratories to offer COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for $120 and PCR tests for $145 at the Terminal Parking Garage Level 3. It is open daily from 6 AM to 2 PM.
ORD - O’Hare International Airport - Doctors Test Centers partnered with Simple Laboratories to offer COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for $120 and PCR tests for $145. It is open daily from 6 AM to 6 PM at both locations: at the Bus Shuttle Center and at Lot H.
PWM - Portland International Jetport- Visitors and residents of Maine can get a COVID-19 rapid test for $25 or a 3-day PCR test for free at the public section of the PWM Airport Level 1. It is open daily from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM.
BOS - Logan International Airport - The XpressCheck at the International Arrival Area in Terminal E of BOS is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 AM to 6 PM. They offer rapid molecular tests, PCR tests, and blood antibody tests.
MSP - Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport - MSP partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health to offer free COVID-19 tests for residents in the Twin Cities metro area and $94 for travelers. The on-site airport testing site is located at the Lobby Area of the Blue Ramp in Terminal 1 and is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM.
EWR - Newark-Liberty International Airport - EWR has two COVID-19 test centers, one is the XpressCheck at Terminal B Level 3 which is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 AM to 6 PM, and the other is at the United Club near Gate C93 which is offered by United Airlines.
JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport - The XpressCheck test site in JFK is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Level 1 of Terminal 4.
LGA - LaGuardia Airport - NYC Health + Hospitals provide free COVID-19 tests at the Parking Garage on Level 1 of Terminal B. It is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
TUL - Tulsa International Airport - Alpha Medical Laboratory, LLC provides COVID-19 test services at the Baggage Claim Area of Terminal B on Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 5 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM to 12 PM. This on-site test facility offers PCR tests for $125, rapid tests for $70, antibody tests for $75, and a complete respiratory panel with PCR for $200.
PDX - Portland International Airport - The Port of Portland partnered with Carbon Health to offer COVID-19 tests to travelers at a pop-up tent at PDX and is by appointment only. Alaska Airlines also offers tests to its passengers for $135 on Level 4 of the Terminal.
PHL - Philadelphia International Airport - The testing facility is located in the pre-security area of PHL Terminal E which is open daily from 7:30 AM to 4 PM.
DFW - Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport - CareNow Testing Station offers on-site COVID-19 rapid tests for $249 in Terminal D of DFW.
BTV - Burlington International Airport - Garnet Health partnered with BTV to provide ddPCR tests, rapid antigen tests, and rapid influenza diagnostic tests on Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 8 PM. The Garnet Health Testing Center is located north of the terminal building at 481 White St., near the Cell Phone Lot.
SEA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - Discovery Health MD offers travelers COVID-19 tests by appointment only at the South Satellite SkyClub Lounge near Gate S10. They offer Lab-based COVID-19 PCR tests for $176 and POC Antigen tests for $150.
Are you ready for your next destination? Let us all take travel-safety precautions seriously so we can all go back to enjoying our vacations.