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COVID-19 RT-PCR Tests Required for Air Travel: What You Need to Know and How to Prepare

By December 14, 2020August 20th, 2021No Comments

As international travel reopens, many countries are now requiring a negative COVID-19 test from passengers. This requirement is likely not going away any time soon, as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said they are pushing for “COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity.”

Travelers to many countries are required to submit a negative RT-PCR test report from an approved laboratory conducted in a specific timeframe, typically at least 72 hours before travel. If your test isn’t approved, you could have to quarantine upon arrival, or you might not even be able to board your flight at all. 

During these times, traveling is already stressful, and getting an appointment at an in-person testing site presents an additional challenge. According to USA Today, “testing backlogs, traveler procrastination and general confusion or ignorance about testing requirements have delayed or ruined many a vacation for those traveling during the coronavirus pandemic and headed to destinations that require a negative COVID-19 test.” In one instance, a passenger didn’t receive her CVS results for 16 days. 

Luckily, there’s an alternative to going to an urgent care, hospital, or other testing site before your trip. Instead of leaving your house and risking exposure, you can test yourself and your family stress-free in the comfort and safety of your own home with myphysician360’s COVID-19 home collection kits. Our kits, available online or at local pharmacies (48 states), come with everything you need to collect your sample in your home and obtain your results in 72 hours, ensuring that your travel plans go smoothly. 

Click here to view the list of countries confirmed to have implemented testing requirements.  

Click here to order your COVID-19 test home collection kit