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Airports Around the World are Offering COVID-19 Testing – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Travel during COVID-19 probably means getting tested. Luckily, it's getting easier and easier!

As the world (slowly) returns to normality, COVID-19 testing will become an inherent part of our lives. In fact, almost every country now requires COVID-19 testing for entry. Even individual states, such as Alaska, Hawaii, and New York are asking for negative COVID-19 test results.

In response, testing centers have sprouted out at airports around the world, delivering a solution to this new facet of our lives. Like it or not, COVID-19 testing will be part of our “new normal” – whatever that means.

Many countries (and states) require these tests to be completed within the last 72 hours for validity. In fact, the United States will finally be following in the footsteps of the rest of the world in doing so too. Starting on the 26th of January, a PCR test (or proof of COVID-19 antibodies) will be required to enter the US – even for returning citizens and residents.

A question many travelers have is: where can I get tested for COVID-19 and have the results in time for my travels?

Luckily, more-and-more airports are offering promising COVID-19 testing centers – and quick PCR test results are increasing available! Welcome to 2021. The future is now.

Here’s everything you need to know about travel requirements and testing centers at airports around the US and the world.

RELATED: Here are the safest countries you can fly to without needing to quarantine (for long).

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Where Can I Find the Latest Travel Restrictions?

As cases rise and fall, new mutations are born, and travel opens up, travel restrictions change. As these are constantly in flux, my personal go-to for the latest in travel restrictions is Delta’s interactive travel map:

Delta’s interactive map shows available destinations, restrictions, and dates available all on one website.

For example, if you click on a country and hit “see more info”, you’ll get a popup with everything you need to know:

Argentina is unfortunately closed to US citizens. Hopefully, that will change soon!

You can even see state-by-state guidance with requirements as they pertain to testing, quarantine, and required forms to fill. Plus, you can select guidance by origin and destination to see how it pertains to your particular trip.

Right now, restrictions apply in most of the Northeast and Midwest as well as in California, New Mexico, and Alaska.

Delta even has a list of “things to do”, with information on restaurants, non-essential shops, tourist accommodations, museums, as well as location health regulations.

Out of everything I’ve seen, Delta’s online tool seems to be the most comprehensive and easy to use.

Should I Get Tested?

Even if your state or destination does not require negative-PCR tests for entry, it’s still very important to get tested – not just for your sake, but for those you will encounter on your travels.

Here are the CDC recommendations:

“Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.

Here’s what to know:

  • Get tested 1-3 days before your flight.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
  • Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.”

If everyone took these precautions, travel restrictions would not need to exist, and the spread of COVID-19 between countries would be near-zero.

The actual risk of catching COVID-19 while flying is 50 times less than being struck by lightning – and it would be even less if everyone took these precautions.

At a minimum, never travel sick, and always wear a face mask.

United States:

Alaska

Alaska has entry requirements:

“All Non-Alaska Residents entering Alaska from another state or country must: Submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan Through the Portal -and- arrive with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test -or- purchase a COVID-19 test for $250 when you arrive in Alaska, and self-quarantine at your expense until results arrive.”

COVID-19 testing is available at all Alaska airports with interstate travel, but results aren't quick.
The final frontier: but not for COVID-19 testing!

COVID-19 Testing at Airports in Alaska:

Juneau

  • Cost: $250 for nonresidents (PCR)
    • Location: Arrivals
    • Results: 3-5 days
    • Hours: On arrival, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily. (must complete online registration)

Anchorage

  • Cost: $250 for nonresidents (PCR)
    • Location: Arrivals
    • Results: 3-5 days
    • Hours: On arrival (must complete online registration)

Ketchikan

  • Cost: $250 for nonresidents (PCR)
    • Location: Main Terminal
    • Results: Up to 7 days
    • Hours: M-Sa 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (must complete online registration)

Arizona: COVID-19 Testing

Phoenix

  • Cost: $200 (Rapid), $75 (PCR) + lab fees (up to $100)
    • Location: Terminal 4, Floor 3
    • Results: 3 to 5 days (PCR), 15 minutes (Rapid)
    • Hours: Thurs-Mon, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

California

California has barred non-essential travel to most of the state:

“The state has imposed a regional stay-at-home order and banned non-essential travel throughout the state except in a region north of Sonoma County”

COVID-19 Testing at Airports in California:

Los Angeles (LAX)

LAX has ample COVID-19 testing options.
LAX has many options for RT-PCR tests with quick results!
  • Cost: $125 (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 6 Arrivals, Terminal 2 Arrivals
    • Results: 3 to 5 hours at Terminal 6, Under 24 hours at Terminal 2
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Terminal 6), 7:00 p.m. (Terminal 2) (appointments recommended)

Oakland (OAK)

  • Cost: $20-120 (48- or 24-hour results, PCR)
    • Location: North Field complex located at 9070 Earhart Road, Oakland 94621 or 2nd curb transportation plaza between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (only for Hawaii passengers)
    • Results: 24 to 48 hours
    • Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (must schedule an appointment)

Sacramento

  • Cost: Free with a US ID (PCR)
    • Location: 5680 Crossfield Dr, Sacramento, CA 95837
    • Results: 24 to 48 hours
    • Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (must schedule an appointment)

San Diego

  • Cost: $170 (PCR)
    • Location: Valet Parking – 2375 Airlane Road, San Diego, CA 92101
    • Results: By 2:00 p.m. the next day
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (must schedule an appointment)

San Francisco (SFO)

  • Day-of-travel rapid testing (Administered by Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care for United Airlines passengers only):
    • Cost: $250 (Rapid)
      • Location: International terminal, Courtyard A
      • Results: 15 minutes
      • Must register ahead
  • Drive-through testing 72 hours before travel (for United Airlines passengers only)
    • Cost: $105 (PCR)
      • Location: United technical operations facility parking lot
      • Results: Most within 48 hours
      • Must register ahead

San Jose (SJC)

Tests at SJC are available for Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines passengers only.

  • Cost: $170 (PCR)
    • Location: Taxi Staging Area, 2470 Airport Boulevard
    • Results: By 2:00 p.m. the next day
    • Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

Colorado: COVID-19 Testing

Denver (DEN)

  • Cost: $200 (Rapid), $75 (PCR) + lab fees (up to $100)
    • Location: Post-security, Concourse B, Level 2
    • Results: Rapid – 15 min., PCR – 3 to 5 days
    • Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

Connecticut

Connecticut has travel restrictions:

“Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States, is directed to self-quarantine for a 10-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.”

COVID-19 Testing in Connecticut:

Bradley

  • Cost: $125 (PCR), free with insurance
    • Location: Baggage claim, between doors 4 and 5
    • Results: Within 72 hours (usually)
    • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (pre-registration strongly encouraged)

Florida: COVID-19 Testing

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

  • Cost: $106 for PCR, $74 for rapid
    • Location: Terminal 3
    • Results: 48 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

Orlando (MCO)

  • TBA (under construction)

Tampa (TPA)

  • Cost: $150 for PCR, $60 for Antigen
    • Location: Main Terminal
    • Results: 48 hours (PCR), 1 hour (Antigen)
    • Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sa-Su 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (no appointment required)

Hawaii

Hawaii has travel restrictions.

“Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Note that certain islands, such as Kauai, require a 10-day quarantine regardless of PCR test results.

Traveling to Hawaii? You can now get a PCR test (before flying to Hawaii) and skip the 10-day quarantine!

COVID-19 Testing at Airports in Hawaii:

Honolulu (HNL)

  • Cost: $125
    • Location: Baggage claim 31 at the Diamond Head Tour Group Bus area
    • Results: 3 to 4 hours
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (no appointment required)

Illinois

The city of Chicago has travel restrictions:

“Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Anyone traveling from a state on the Red list must quarantine for a 10-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter. “

COVID-19 Testing at Airports in Chicago, Illinois

O’Hare (ORD)

  • Cost: $145 (PCR), $120 (Antigen)
    • Location: Bus Shuttle Center (Level 1 of Main Parking Garage)
    • Results: 24 to 72 hours (PCR), 20 minutes (Antigen)
    • Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (must book appointment online)

Midway (MDW)

  • Cost: $145 (PCR), $120 (Antigen)
    • Location: Terminal Parking Garage Level 3 (Pedestrian Walkway between CTA Orange Line and Terminal)
    • Results: 24 to 72 hours (PCR), 20 minutes (Antigen)
    • Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (must book appointment online)

Maine

Maine has travel restrictions:

“There are three options for visitors to or from other states: 1) getting a recent negative COVID-19 test (further defined below);  2) maintaining compliance with a 10-day quarantine (PDF) upon arrival in Maine; 3) being exempted from the testing or quarantine requirement if you are a resident of the following states: New Hampshire, Vermont.

COVID-19 Testing at Airports in Maine:

Bangor (BGR)

  • Cost: $25
    • Location: 721 Maine Ave
    • Results: 3 days (estimated)
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (must book appointment online)

Portland (PWM)

  • Cost: Free (PCR), $25 (Rapid)
    • Location: Level 1
    • Results: 3 days (PCR), 1 hour (Rapid)
    • Hours: Monday – Sunday:  11:30am – 10:30pm (must book appointment)

Massachusetts:

Massachusetts has travel restrictions:

COVID-19 Testing in Massachusetts:

Boston (BOS)

  • Cost: $200 (Rapid), $75 (PCR) + lab fees (up to $100)
    • Location: Terminal E, Arrivals Level (near door E107)
    • Results: Rapid – 15 min., PCR – 3 to 5 days
    • Hours: M-F 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

Michigan: COVID-19 Testing

Grand Rapids (GRR)

  • Cost: $125 (PCR), $75 (Rapid)
    • Location: Economy Lot
    • Results: 24-48 hours (PCR), 15 minutes (rapid)
    • Hours: 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (drive-through, no appointment)

Minnesota

Minnesota has travel recommendations:

“People who visit Minnesota, and Minnesotans returning after traveling out of state, are asked to stay away from others (quarantine) for 14 days after they arrive in Minnesota.”

COVID-19 Testing in Minnesota:

Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)

  • Cost: Free
    • Location: Terminal 1
    • Results: “A few days”
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (reservations encouraged)

New Jersey: COVID-19 Testing

New Jersey recommends following CDC guidelines for travel.

Newark (EWR)

  • Cost: $200 (Rapid), $75 (PCR) + lab fees (up to $100)
    • Location: Terminal B, Level 3 (near front entrance)
    • Results: Rapid – 15 min., PCR – 3 to 5 days
    • Hours: M-F 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

New York (Requirements)

New York has some of the most stringent travel restrictions:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.”
Stringent travel restrictions, but ample COVID-19 testing options with results in less than 72 hours.
New York has some of the most stringent travel restrictions of any state.

COVID-19 Testing at Airports in New York:

Albany

  • Cost: $35 to 60 (PCR)
    • Location: Airport Information Desk, Baggage Claim
    • Results: 48-72 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (for arriving passengers after waiting four days)

JFK Option #1

  • Cost: $200 (Rapid), $75 (PCR) + lab fees (up to $100)
    • Location: Terminal 4, Level 1 (near Central Diner)
    • Results: Antigen/Rapid – 15 min., PCR – 3 to 5 days
    • Hours: M-F 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

JFK Option #2

  • Cost: $399 (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 1 next to H counter
    • Results: Within an hour
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (must schedule ahead)

JFK Option #3

  • Cost: FREE! (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 5
    • Results: 3 days
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (walk-ins only)

Islip

  • TBA/under construction

LGA

  • Cost: Free, even without health insurance (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal B Parking garage
    • Results: 3 days
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (walk-ins available)

Ohio: COVID-19 Testing

Ohio recommends a quarantine period after returning from states with high positivity rates.

Cleveland

  • Plans to offer COVID testing at CLE have been delayed

Oklahoma: COVID-19 Testing

Tulsa  

  • Cost: $135 (PCR), $70 (Antigen/Rapid)
    • Location: Terminal B, baggage claim
    • Results: 25 minutes (PCR), 15 minutes (Antigen/Rapid)
    • Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sa-Su 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (walk-in or appointments)

Oregon

Oregon has travel recommendations:

“Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.”

COVID-19 Testing in Oregon:

Portland (PDX)

  • Cost: $135 (PCR)
    • Location: Valet Parking area – 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
    • Results: 2 hours
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (must reserve ahead)

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has travel restrictions:

“…travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, [must] have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. “

COVID-19 Testing in Pennsylvania:

PHL

  • Cost: $130 (PCR), $70 (Antigen/Rapid)
    • Location: Terminal E, pre-security
    • Results: 48 to 72 hours (PCR), same day (Antigen/Rapid)
    • Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (walk-ins only, can pre-register)

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has travel restrictions:

  • Anyone coming to Rhode Island from outside the United States is required to quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. MORE
  • Anyone coming to Rhode Island from a state with current travel restrictions will need to quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. States with Current RI Travel Restrictions

COVID-19 Testing in Rhode Island:

Warwick (PVD)

  • Cost: Free (only for arriving passengers)
    • Location: Baggage claim
    • Results: 15 min (Antigen/Rapid)
    • Hours: Depends on arriving flights

Texas: COVID-19 Testing

Dallas DFW

  • Cost: $249 (Antigen/Rapid)
    • Location: American Airlines terminal, near gate D40 (after security)
    • Results: 15 minutes
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (must pre-register)
      • Only for American Airlines travelers going to Hawaii

Vermont:

Vermont has travel restrictions:

“If you travel out of Vermont whether for a day trip or longer, you must quarantine in Vermont when you return for 14 days. You can end your quarantine early if, you haven’t had any symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test on or after Day 7, get a negative test result, still do not have symptoms, and continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.”

COVID-19 Testing in Vermont:

Burlington BVT

  • Cost: $175 (ddPCR), $150 (Rapid)
    • Location: 481 White Street near the Cell Phone Lot
    • Results: 48 to 72 hours (ddPCR), 15 minutes (Rapid)
    • Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (appointment only)

Washington:

Washington has travel restrictions:

“Gov. Jay Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington state after visiting the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries where a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 501Y.V, has been circulating.”

COVID-19 Testing in Washington:

Seattle SEA

  • Cost: $250 (PCR)
    • Location: Central auditorium, mezzanine level above ticketing near Door 21
    • Results: Next-day
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (appointment only)

International:

Traveling internationally and need a PCR test with quick results? You’re in luck – COVID-19 testing options are bountiful. Most of these testing centers are able to render your results in less than 24 hours, allowing you easy and seamless travel to your final destination.

Austria: COVID-19 Testing

Austria currently bans the entry of all travelers arriving from outside the European Union (or the EEA, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, United Kingdom, or other low risk countries and territories listed in Annex A of the COVID-19 Entry Regulation) to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This magical country in under lockdown until the third week of January, but hey – you can get COVID tested at the airport!

Vienna

  • Cost: € 120.00 (PCR)
    • Location: Office Park 3 Between the NH Hotel and the Tower
    • Results: Next day by 4:00 p.m.
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • Must register at the office ahead of time (not by phone/e-mail)

France: COVID-19 Testing

Internal European borders remain open but with some exceptions external borders are closed. All travelers arriving in France will be tested at airports and ports.

Paris Orly

  • Cost: Free (PCR)
    • Location: Orly 1, Arrivals, Door 22A
    • Results: 48 hours
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (must make appointment)

Paris CDG

  • Cost: Free (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 2E, Departures, In front of Door 16D
    • Results: 48 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (must register ahead)

Germany: COVID-19 Testing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Moreover, persons arriving from many countries are obliged to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. Details are available here.

COVID-19 testing done within 72 hours at any major airport in Germany
Centogene offers testing at Germany’s 4 busiest airports, with all test results available sooner than 24 hours

Frankfurt

  • Cost: € 59 (24-hour PCR), € 79 (12-hour PCR, 150-minute Antigen), € 139 (6-hour PCR)
    • Location: Pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 1 and the inter-city train station (The Squaire)
    • Results: 6 or 24 hours
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (walk-in)

Munich

  • Cost: Free for entering persons and citizen testing, otherwise € 128
    • Location: Test & Fly” Test Centre in Terminal 2, Level 4
    • Results: 3 to 6 hours
    • Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (walk-in or pre-register)

Düsseldorf

  • Cost: € 59 (PCR)
    • Location: Departure level, area A
    • Results: 24 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (walk-in or pre-register)

Berlin

  • Cost: € 59 (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 1, Arrival level 0 in hall 1
    • Results: 24 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hong Kong: COVID-19 Testing

Only Hong Kong nationals and residents are permitted entry.

Hong Kong #1

  • Cost: HK$499
    • Location: Service counter: Counter A03, L5, Terminal 1 (across Arrivals Hall A)
    • Results: Same-day
    • Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (must book appointment)

Hong Kong #2

  • Cost: HK$388
    • Location: 6T104, L6, Terminal 1 (accessed by elevator near L7 departures level Aisle A)
    • Results: 24 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (book through “Raffles Connect” app)

Iceland: COVID-19 Testing

Passengers coming to Iceland can choose between either undergoing two tests for COVID-19 with a 5-day quarantine interval between tests until the results of the second test have been discovered or avoiding testing by undergoing a 14-day quarantine from their date of arrival to Iceland. 

Iceland seems to have a clever system that mitigates almost all risk of travelers bringing COVID-19 to the country

Keflavik

  • Cost: ISK11,000 (around $70) (only for arriving passengers)
    • Location: On arrival
    • Results: 2 to 6 hours

Ireland: COVID-19 Testing

Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. 

Dublin

  • Cost: €129 (PCR), €149 (LAMP), €199 (LAMP Express)
    • Location: Green Car Park
    • Results: 1-2 days (PCR), 12 hours (LAMP), 5 hours (LAMP Express)
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Must book appointment)

India: COVID-19 Testing

Travel to India for tourism and most other short-term purposes is still not permitted, and there is no indication that this will change in the short term.

Kempegowda

  • Cost: ₹ 2,400 (Rapid-PCR), ₹ 800 (PCR)
    • Location: Arrivals
    • Results: 13 minutes (Rapid-PCR), 2-3 Days (PCR)
    • Hours: 24 hours (Must book slot)

Italy: COVID-19 Testing

Non-essential travel (i.e., tourism) to Italy from most non-EU countries (including the United States) is prohibited.

Rome (Delta Quarantine-free Program)

Delta’s pilot program (see what I did there?) to enable quarantine-free travel between Europe and the US
  • Cost: Free for Delta customers
    • Location: As directed by airline personnel
    • Results: 15 minutes (Rapid/Antigen)
    • Hours: When flying Delta from Rome to Atlanta

Japan: COVID-19 Testing

Travel for tourism and most other short-term purposes is still not permitted, and there is no indication that this will change in the short term. Visa-free travel is suspended.

Haneda

  • Cost: 38,500 JPY (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 3
    • Results: 2 to 4 hours
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (must make appointment)

Narita

  • Cost: 32,500 (with appointment), 46,500 JPY (no appointment) (PCR)
    • Location: 3rd floor, Central Building, Terminal 1 -or- 1st floor, Terminal 2
    • Results: 2 hours
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Terminal 1), 24 hours (Terminal 2)

Philippines: COVID-19 Testing

The following may be allowed entry privileges to the Philippines under the Republic Act No. 6768:

  • Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with the Filipino citizen;
  • Former Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with the Filipino citizen.

Mactan Cebu

  • Cost: PHP 5,000.00 (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal 2 Arrivals
    • Results: 36 to 48 hours
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (must book at least two days ahead)

Russia: COVID-19 Testing

The Government of the Russian Federation banned the entry of foreign nationals, including American citizens, with a few exceptions.

Sheremetyevo

  • Cost: 2750 ₽ (PCR)
    • Location: Terminal B, Floor 1 -or- Terminal D, Floor 1
    • Results: 2 hours or 24 hours
    • Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Singapore: COVID-19 Testing

The Singapore border remains open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents. Permanent residents must present a valid re-entry permit during check-in to enter Singapore. All other travellers who wish to enter Singapore must obtain prior approval from relevant authorities.

Changi Airport Option #1

  • Cost: S$196 (only for arriving passengers)
    • Location: Done on arrival after immigration but before customs
    • Results: 1 to 4 days (PCR)
    • Hours: On arrival

Changi Airport Option #2

  • Cost: available on Raffles app
    • Location: Terminal 3, Basement 2
    • Results: 24 to 36 hours (PCR)
    • Hours: 24 hours (must book ahead)

Turkey: COVID-19 Testing

All international passengers age 6 years and older traveling to Turkey are required to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight. Passengers must submit their test results to the airline at the time of check-in. Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test will not be permitted to board the flight to Turkey. 

Istanbul

  • Cost: 300 TL (PCR)
    • Location: Arrivals Hall, near Entrance 14
    • Results: 4 to 8 hours (no appointment required)
    • Hours: 24 hours

United Kingdom: COVID-19 Testing

If you visited somewhere that is not on the list in the 10 days before your arrival in England, you will need to self-isolate. Visiting includes making a transit stop.

The list of quarantine-free countries is here.

London-Heathrow

  • Cost: £99 (PCR), £79 (LAMP), £50 (Rapid/Antigen), £40 (Antibody)
    • Location: Terminal testing centre (Terminal 2, Terminal 5)
    • Results: 48 hours (PCR), 90 minutes (LAMP), 45 minutes (Antigen), 45 minutes (Antibody)
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. (must book ahead)

London-Gatwick (4 available providers)

  • Cost: £99 (PCR)
    • Location: Drive through facility, South Terminal Long Stay Car Park
    • Results: 48 hours
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (must book ahead)

London-Stansted

  • Cost: £99 (PCR), £79 (LAMP), £50 (Rapid/Antigen), £40 (Antibody)
    • Location: Centre of the main departures concourse (beside WH Smith newsagents)
    • Results: 48 hours (PCR), 90 minutes (LAMP), 45 minutes (Antigen), 45 minutes (Antibody)
    • Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (must book ahead)

London City Airport

  • Cost: £99 (PCR), £79 (LAMP), £50 (Rapid/Antigen), £40 (Antibody)
    • Location: Middle of the departures terminal
    • Results: 48 hours (PCR), 90 minutes (LAMP), 45 minutes (Antigen), 45 minutes (Antibody)
    • Hours: M-F 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (must book ahead)

At-Home Tests

If you’re not able to find a testing center with adequate return times for results (or at all), there are always at-home tests you can take. Please note that not all countries accept results from at-home tests Make sure to check the specifics before your travels.

LetsGetChecked (2 to 5-day turnaround time, 48-hour average) – $120 (PCR)

Questdirect Active Infection test (24-48 hour average turnaround) – $120 (PCR)

Everwell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kits (24-72 hour turnaround) – $109 (PCR)

emPower At-Home COVID-19 Nasal PCR Test (48 hour turnaround) – $99 (PCR)

Make sure to follow the instructions thoroughly, as the worst thing to happen right before your travels would be to have an incomplete test.

This article was published on January 2nd, 2021. I do not have any affiliations nor receive any commission on anything in this article. Everything written is my honest, unbiased opinion. And yes, I do prefer Delta.

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