Airports Offering COVID-19 Testing
Thanksgiving weekend had a record number of flyers since the pandemic started. Our 2020 holiday travel survey also indicates that nearly 46 million people will fly for the holidays and more than 85 million Americans will travel just for Christmas. There are going to be a lot more people on the go than at any other time since March. Several states such as Hawaii and Alaska, as well as the US Virgin Islands, now require a negative coronavirus test to enter. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, here is an ongoing, updated list of airports where you can receive a coronavirus test.
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Airports Currently with COVID-19 Testing
Here is a list of United States airports that currently offer COVID-19 testing in some form. While we have provided details on prices, eligibility, and testing locations, we recommend checking with the airport in question before scheduling a test. Some airports only have testing for specific passengers and/or airlines. Some locations only allow testing for those with evidence of upcoming travel.
- Alaska – Juneau International Airport (JNU) – Non-resident testing $250 per test
- Alaska – Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) – Non-resident testing $250 per test
- Alaska – Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) – Non-resident testing $250 per test
- Arizona – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) – Prices Vary – Terminal 4, Pre-Security
- California – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – $150 – Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 2 and 6; Available to anyone
- California – Oakland International Airport (OAK) – Free With Insurance – Open to all passengers, but only those traveling to Hawaii are encouraged – North Field Complex
- California – San Diego International Airport (SAN) *
- California – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) *
- Colorado – Denver – Denver International Airport (DEN) – $200 – Concourse B
- Connecticut – Bradley International Airport (BDL) – $125 – Baggage Claim Area; Must show boarding pass
- Florida – Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – $106 (PCR Test) or $74 (Rapid Antigen Test) – Terminal 3, Pre-Security; Need proof flying out of FLL, MIA, or PBI
- Florida – Tampa International Airport (TPA) – $150 Max – Main Terminal; Need proof of travel within 3 days
- Georgia – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) *
- Hawaii – Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) – $125 – For Interisland Travel
- Illinois – Chicago – Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – Rapid Antigen Test for $120 (20 minutes) and PCR Test for $145 (72 hours)
- Illinois – Chicago – O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Rapid Antigen Test for $120 (20 minutes) and PCR Test for $145 (72 hours)
- Maine – Portland International Jetport (PWM) – $25 for Rapid Test; $0 for PCR – Level 1 of Airport; Testing Open to All
- Massachusetts – General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS) – Max $200 – Terminal E, Pre-Security
- Michigan – Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) – $75 (Rapid Test) or $125 (PCR Test) – Travelers and General Public in the airport’s economy lot
- Minnesota – Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) – $94 for Non-Minnesota Residents and Free for Residents – Terminal 1; Saliva testing
- New Jersey – Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – Prices Vary – Terminal B
- New York – Albany International Airport (ALB) – $30 or $60 for Travelers
- New York – John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – Prices Vary – Terminals 1, 4, and 5
- New York – LaGuardia Airport (LGA) – Free for Passengers – Terminal B Parking Garage – Results delivered by phone
- Oregon – Portland International Airport (PDX) *
- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – Max $130 – Terminal E
- Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – Rapid Antigen ($95) or PCR ($125) – Concourse A Across from Gate 2
- Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) *
- Texas – Houston – George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) *
- Vermont – Burlington International Airport (BTV) – Max $175 – Near Cell Phone Lot at Garnet Health Testing Center; Open to Public
- Washington State – Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – $250 – Central Auditorium, Pre-Security
* Testing only available at this airport for specific airlines/destinations. See the next section for more information
Airports With Specific Airlines/Destinations Offering Covid-19 Testing
Here is a list of airports with specific airlines/destinations offering COVID-19 testing.
- California – Oakland International Airport (OAK) – For State of Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program- North Field complex or 2nd Curb Transportation Plaza
- California – San Diego International Airport (SAN) – Alaska Airlines Passengers Only – $170
- California – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – Prices Vary – Cathay Pacific Airways Passengers and United Airlines Flights to Hawaii ($250 for Day of Travel or $105 for Drive-Thru 72 Hours in Advance)
- Georgia – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – To Amsterdam: Through January 6, 2021 and To Italy. See more details below.
- Oregon – Portland International Airport (PDX) – Alaska Airlines Passengers Only – $135
- Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Select Flights Only via American Airlines – Terminal D – $249
- Washington – Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – Alaska Airlines Passengers Only Discount; Alaska Airlines Gold Coast Center (Seatac): South parking lot – $170
Testing Outside The Airport/Mail In Testing
Hawaiian Airlines – While not at the airport, Hawaiian Airlines offers drive-through testing near the following airports: McCarran International Airport (LAS), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
American Airlines – For travel after December 12, 2020, American Airlines offers at-home COVID-19 testing for passengers flying to all United States destinations with travel restrictions. The price is $129, and the at-home nasal swab test is done through a company called LetsGetChecked. States and cities with travel restrictions include Alaska, Connecticut, Chicago, Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. International destinations include Caribbean Countries, Latin America, and United Kingdom (select flights only).
United Airlines – Texas – Houston – George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – To Latin America and Caribbean Countries – Mail-In Testing (RT-PCR) – $119
Delta Airlines Amsterdam Covid Tested Flight – Through January 21, 2021, Delta is offering Covid-Tested flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). To be eligible, travelers must pass a COVID-19 PCR test (customer’s expense) within five days of the scheduled departure from Atlanta. At the airport before taking off, travelers will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test (covered by Delta). A third and final test (rapid) will be required after arriving in Amsterdam (covered by Delta).
Delta Airlines Italy Covid Tested Flight – Delta is offering Covid-Tested flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). To be eligible, travelers must pass a COVID-19 PCR test (customer’s expense) within 72 hours of the scheduled departure from Atlanta. At the airport before taking off, travelers will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test (covered by Delta). A third and final test (rapid) will be required after arriving in Italy (covered by Delta).
Airports To Offer COVID-19 Testing Soon
The following airports have announced plans to offer COVID-19 testing in the very new future. Some will begin offering tests during the middle and end of December 2020, while others will start in 2021.
- California – San Diego International Airport (SAN) – Airport Itself (currently testing only available to Alaska Airlines passengers) – 2021
- Florida – Orlando International Airport (MCO) – December
- Florida – Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – Early 2021 – Still Under Consideration
- Maryland – Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) – Still Under Consideration
- Oklahoma – Tulsa International Airport (TUL) – January 4
Do I Need An Airport COVID-19 Test?
Before Thanksgiving, it was fairly easy to get a COVID-19 test. Due to the recent spike in cases, it is getting much harder to take a test and receive timely results. While you may be able to schedule a COVID-19 test before your next trip, one of the airports listed above may be your best bet. Many of the airports offer rapid tests, which are ideal for those traveling who need quick results.
United States Locations Requiring Negative COVID-19 Test Results
To slow the spread of COVID-19, a few states and United States territories require proof of a negative COVID-19 test. It is recommended you get tested before embarking on your trip. Otherwise, you may be subject to a mandatory quarantine until you take a test at the destination or provide evidence of a recent negative test. Here is information on a few of them.
Those traveling to Alaska are urged to take a COVID-19 test and produce negative results within 72 hours of their flight. Nonresidents failing to do so will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine until the results are known. Nonresidents taking the test in Alaska will be subject to a $250 fee. Residents pay nothing.
Those traveling to Hawaii must produce negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. Before departure, travelers must upload the negative result to Safe Travels’ system. Alternatively, you can bring a physical copy of the negative test result. Travelers failing to produce a negative test result will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Those traveling to the United States Virgin Islands must produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of travel. Results can be uploaded to the USVI Travel Screening Portal. The form can also be completed manually if traveling within 24 hours. Travelers should also bring a physical copy of the negative test results with them.
The Vacationer collected COVID-19 airport testing data starting on Monday, December 7, 2020. It used official airport websites and/or local news articles to confirm. If you have a question about a particular airport, please contact us. If there is an airport or airline currently testing for COVID-19 that we missed, please let us know in the comment section below.
The Vacationer’s Final Thoughts
Despite the dangers, tens of millions of people are going to travel this holiday season and into 2021. With testing hard to come by, travelers should consider using one of the many airport locations.
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