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City-by-city guide on Where to get a COVID-19 PCR test for travel

If you need a coronavirus test for travel, you might be wondering where you can get one, what type of test you’ll need to take, how long it will take to get an appointment (and wait for results) and what it will cost. 


To help you prepare, we visited testing sites in several cities across the country and researched where you can get tested in 25 major metropolitan areas.


Remember some tests are entirely free, while others require a copay or can be covered with insurance.


There are also some that, when requested for travel (instead of because of due to symptoms or exposure), will require full cash payment.


Many countries and some states require negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests taken within a certain amount of time — usually 72 hours —before departure.


And we found many facilities providing results between 48 and 72 hours, but that isn’t always true. 


Nationwide coronavirus testing options

If you’re in a location without many COVID-19 testing sites, you may want to head to your neighborhood drugstore. 


You’ll notice several major chains on the list of where to get a COVID-19 test including CVSWalgreens and Rite Aid, all of which often offer PCR testing at no additional cost if using insurance, or if you fall under some federal programs for those without insurance. Ride Aid specifically offers test at no cost to anyone 18 and older.


Even better, you can make these appointments online, which may save precious time instead of waiting in a long line.


Many of these locations offer drive-up testing, where you swab yourself and don’t need to leave your vehicle.


You may need to complete an online questionnaire to see if you qualify for testing and then make an appointment one to three days in advance.


In our experience, living in an area with community COVID-19 spread (which, sadly, is most of the U.S. right now), often qualifies you for a test with these providers if a questionnaire is required. 


Some mail-in COVID testing programs include:

  • Everlywell: Results of the nasal swab available within 24 to 48 hours of the lab receiving the sample. Available to people 18 and older only. Cost: $109
  • Pixel by LabCorp: Results of the nasal swab are available one to two days after arriving back in the lab. Available to people 18 and older. No upfront cost, or $119 if you’re not eligible for insurance or federal funds.
  • Vault: Results of the saliva test taken via Zoom call are available within 48 to 72 hours. The test is valid for both children and adults. Cost: $150
  • Azova: Available at Costco.com and results of the saliva test, taken via a Zoom call, are available within 24 to 48 hours. Cost: $139.99
  • Quest Diagnostics: Results of the saliva test taken while on Zoom are typically received within 24 to 48 hours of arrival at the lab, but are prioritized within 24 hours of arrival for people testing through a travel partner such as Hawaiian Airlines. This test is available to people $18 and older. Cost: $119


COVID-19 testing in airports


Some current airport testing centers available within the U.S. include:

  • Tampa International Airport: This testing center is meant for passengers traveling to and from Tampa International Airport (TPA) so bring proof of travel. PCR test results come back in about 48 hours and cost $150.
  • Oakland International Airport: There are two testing centers at OAK, one in the airport and a drive-up location. Only passengers heading to Hawaii are encouraged to use this, though technically any passenger can book the drive-up location. Appointments are required and there is no out-of-pocket fee.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: Testing is open to all at MSP and done with saliva. This is free for Minnesota residents and $94 for others. Test results are back within 24 to 48 hours. Appointments are accepted but not always required.
  • Anchorage International Airport: Testing at ANC is free for Alaska residents and $250 to others. All nonresidents that cannot provide proof of testing prior to travel will be required to test upon arrival.
  • Burlington International Airport: Testing is open to all at Vermont’s BTV airport Monday through Friday with appointments recommended and results available in 36 to 48 hours. Without insurance, the test is $175.
  • Bradley International Airport: Open seven days per week, if the test is not covered by the passenger’s insurer, tests are still available for $125 each. Results will most likely be available within 72 hours of testing, however, it can take longer. Testing is only available to passengers traveling through Connecticut’s Bradley Airport (BDL) on the day of their flight and you can preregister before arriving at the testing site.
  • New York-LaGuardia: PCR testing is free with no appointments necessary in LGA’s Terminal B parking garage with results delivered by phone within 48 hours. However, this won’t be very useful for travel verification purposes since the results are verbal.
  • XpresCheck: XpresCheck is currently open to passengers in Newark-EWR and New York-JFK, with Boston (BOS) soon to come online for passenger use. PCR tests are available by appointment or potentially via walk-up and insurance is accepted or costs $75. Turnaround time is two to three days.
  • Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport: Those traveling on American Airlines to Hawaii can get a rapid PCR test at DFW on the day of travel for $249 with results available in about 15 minutes. Travelers can also visit designated CareNow urgent care locations in the area for $150 testing.
  • San Francisco International Airport: Those San Francisco-based travelers flying on United Airlines to Hawaii can get a rapid PCR test at SFO on the day of travel with an appointment for $250. There is a drive-up option near the airport that can be booked a couple of days in advance of travel for $105.


City-by-city guide on Where to get a COVID-19 test


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Atlanta


Summit Urgent Care

1825 GA-34, Newnan, Georgia 30265 Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holidays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Accept most insurances, no copay for virtual visits

Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three days


Peachtree Immediate Care

Locations in 17 drive-thru sites and 24 curbside urgent care centers around the Atlanta metropolitan area Hours: Drive-thru locations open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., though some locations are closed on weekends. Curbside testing open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., select locations close at 6 p.m.


Cost: For most insurance plans, there is no copay or deductible required; a $ 175 self-pay option is also available. Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


Viral Solutions

1995 Clairmont Road, Decatur, Georgia 30033 Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: No out of pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Two to three days


Community Organized Relief Effort

Select locations across Georgia, including Atlanta Cost: Free Appointment required? Walk-up and drive-through available, all sites subject to early closure once 500-test daily max is reached Turnaround time: One to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in the Bay Area


My Doctor Medical Group

450 Sutter Street Suite 840, San Francisco, California 94108

Hours: Depends on location

Cost: $365, $50 extra lab fee for Tahiti and French Polynesia only

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: 5 p.m. next day after collection


McCampbell Analytical

1534 Willow Pass Road Pittsburg, CA 94565

Hours: Drop off samples between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Cost: 5-hour results are $450, same-day results are $250, next-day results are $180

2-5 day results are $130.

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: See above


Color

Embarcadero site at Piers 30/32, Bryant and Embarcadero Hours: Depends on location Cost: Free Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to three days


Alameda Health Systems

Henry J. Kaiser Center at 10 10th Street, Oakland, California 94607 Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to five days


​Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) – Valley Health Center Downtown

777 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California 95112 Hours: Seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Three to seven days


Downtown Medical Group

450 Sutter Street, Suite 1723 San Francisco, CA 94108

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $250 for 24 hours turnaround; $350 for 24 hours turnaround with certificate and blood test (required for China travels)

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: 5 p.m. next day after collection


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Boston

Tufts Medical Center

171 Harrison Ave. Boston, Massachusetts 02111 Tye Pavilion Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: If insurance carriers do not cover a test, the cost is $135 Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


CareWell Urgent Care

Cambridge Fresh Pond 601-603 Concord Ave Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Hours: Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Covered by insurance, $160 if paying out of pocket Appointment required: No Turnaround time: Less than two days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Charlotte

BetterMed Urgent Care – Charlotte

1431 South Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203 Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: For those with commercial health insurance, the expected out-of-pocket cost for the medical evaluation and test is your copay. A PCR medical evaluation and test will cost $159 plus outside lab costs. Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to four days


StarMed Healthcare – Eastland

5344 Central Ave Ste. B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28212 Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Covered at 100% for most insurance carriers. There’s a $195 out-of-pocket fee for lab rush. Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three to seven days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Chicago


Howard Brown Health 55th St.

1525 E. 55th St., Chicago, Illinois 60637 Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three to seven days


Howard Brown Health 63rd St.

641 W. 63rd St., Chicago, Illinois 60621 Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three to seven days


Innovative Care

1111 W. Diversey Parkway,1111 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, Illinois 60614 Hours: Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Covered by insurance, or can self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 test Appointment required? Yes, but the location releases 150 appointments at 8 a.m. each morning to accommodate same-day visits. Turnaround time: Two to four days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Cleveland/Akron

The Centers, East Office

4400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Hours: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: No out-of-pocket costs for most patients. No insurance required, and Medicaid and other insurance accepted Appointment required? Appointments encouraged, with walk-ins available each day Turnaround time: One to two days


The Centers, Uptown Office at Circle Health Services

12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 Hours: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: No out-of-pocket costs for most patients. No insurance required, and Medicaid and other insurance accepted Appointment required? Appointments encouraged, with walk-ins available each day Turnaround time: One to two days


Rite Aid No. 02456

4053 South Main Street, Akron, Ohio Hours: Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: Free testing available to anyone 18 or older Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to five days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Columbus

Hometown Urgent Care

4300 Clime Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43228 Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Covered by insurance; copay or deductible may be required. Uninsured patients may be eligible to have the cost of their test covered by Medicaid under the CARES Act. Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three to six days


CVS Minute Clinic

1400 Parsons Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43206 Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Dallas/Fort Worth

Real Time Laboratories

4100 Fairway Ct. Suite 600 Carrollton, Texas 75010

Hours: Open daily; see website for details

Cost: $250 to $400 depending on turnaround time

Appointment required: Yes.

Turnaround time: Six to 24 hours, depending on the level of rush paid for at booking


DevLab Bio

4100 Fairway Drive, Suite 100, Carrollton, Texas 75010

Hours: Open Monday to Saturday; see website for details

Cost: $150, insurance not accepted for travel requests

Appointment required: Yes

Turnaround time: One business day, excluding Sunday


State of Texas/Texas Division of Emergency Management

Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas, Texas 75211 Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Denver

American Family Care Urgent Care

850 S. Monaco Pkwy, Suite 10, Denver, Colorado 80224 Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Most major insurance covered Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three to five days


Advanced Urgent Care

3890 Quebec St., Ste A & B, Denver, Colorado 80207 Hours: Seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Covered by most major insurances Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Three to seven days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Detroit

CVS Minute Clinic

1935 Campbell, Detroit, Michigan 48209 Hours: Seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Houston

Curative

Houston Community College – South, 1990 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77051 Hours: See website for more information Cost: No out-of-pocket cost when billed to your health plan or the government Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days 


Any Test Now

2282 W Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77030

Cost: $199

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: 48-hour turnaround Monday through Friday


Memorial Village ER

14520 Memorial Dr Houston, Texas 77079

Hours: Drive-up COVID evaluations ‪between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.‬ daily

Cost: $150 or insurance is accepted

Appt required: No

Turnaround: Two to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Las Vegas

Pharmatech

546 N Eastern Ave Suite 130, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Hours: See website for more information Cost: $120 Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days


Cuur Diagnostics 8275 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89147 Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $125 Appointment required? No Turnaround time: One to two days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles


Reliant Urgent Care

Multiple Los Angeles-area locations

Hours: See website for more information

Cost: $150 (results within 48 hours), $195 (results within 24 hours), $295 (results within 12 to 14 hours)

Turnaround time: 12 to 48 hours, depending on the level of service booked


Curative

Kedren Community Health Center, 4211 S Avalon, Los Angeles, California 90011 Hours: See website for more information Cost: No out of pocket cost when billed to your health plan or the government Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days


Curative

Camino Nuevo High School (drive-thru only), 3500 W Temple St, Los Angeles, California 90004 Hours: See website for more information Cost: No out of pocket cost when billed to your health plan or the government Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Lab Doctor

1425 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Hours: Monday to Saturday, see website for specifics

Cost: $179

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: Next-day results


Hialeah drive-thru testing

401 East 65th Street, Hialeah, Florida 33013 Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Three to five days


Youth Fairgrounds at Tamiami Park

10901 SW 24th Street, Miami, Florida 33165 Hours: Seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Three to five days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Minneapolis/St. Paul

CVS

3655 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418 Hours: By appointment Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in New York/Newark

Carecube

Multiple locations in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Hours: Depends on location

Cost: Accepts insurance or $200

Appointment required? No

Turnaround time: Results in 24 to 48 hours


CityMD

Locations across New York City and the boroughs Hours: Depends on location, however, all locations will close 90 minutes earlier Cost: CityMD is not collecting copayments for COVID-19 related visits Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Three to four days

There are several free COVID testing options available for Newark residents, with no appointment or insurance needed. Get more information here.


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Orlando


COVID Testing LLC

Multiple Orlando-area locations

Hours: Open seven days a week, see site for hours

Cost: With insurance, $35 for next-day results, $75 for same-day results. Without insurance, $115 for next-day results, $155 for same-day results

Appointment required? No

Turnaround time: Same or the next day. Tests for same-day results must be taken between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. or noon, depending on location. Same-day results are not available on Sundays.


Paramount Urgent Care

5833 S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando, Florida 32822 Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free for self-pay and insured patients, excluding Medicaid Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Two to four days


Paramount Urgent Care

8972 Turkey Lake Road South, Orlando, Florida 32819 Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free for self-pay and insured patients, excluding Medicaid Appointment required? No Turnaround time: Two to four days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Philadelphia

CVS

3300-10 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145 Hours: By appointment Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


American Family Care (AFC) Urgent Care

1444 W. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145

Cost: No charge for PCR tests with insurance

Appointment required: Yes, and telemedicine visit

Turnaround time: Usually one to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Pittsburgh

Curative

Pittsburgh Mercy, 249 South 9th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203 Hours: See website for more information Cost: No out-of-pocket cost when billed to your health plan or the government Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days


Curative

East Liberty Family Health Care Center 6023 Harvard St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206 Cost: No out-of-pocket cost when billed to your health plan or the government Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Portland


American Family Care Urgent Care

Multiple locations Hours: See website

Cost: $199 Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: 60 minutes to three days, depending on test type


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Sacramento


Anyone 18 years of age or older living in Sacramento County can ​get tested for COVID-19 for free after completing an online screening. COVID-19 testing will then be scheduled.


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake InstaCare

389 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Most insurers have said they will cover 100% of the testing cost Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two days 


Intermountain Health

Multiple locations

Hours: See site for individual location information

Cost: May vary if testing for travel versus symptoms or exposure

Appointment required: Yes

Turnaround time: 90% of tests returned within two days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Seattle/Tacoma

Discovery Health MD

Two locations: SeaTac DoubleTree and SeaTac Airport

Hours: Seven days a week, see site for details

Cost: $250

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: Same-day or next-day, depending on what you booked


West Seattle Walk-Up Site

2801 SW Thistle Street (Southwest Athletic Complex) Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: One to two days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in St. Louis

ARCpoint Labs

11255 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141

Hours: Open Monday to Friday, see website for hours

Cost: $225 for same-day results

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: Same-day with expedited service


CVS

3925 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108 Hours: By appointment Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


CVS

4100 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63116 Hours: By appointment Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days


Where to get a COVID-19 test in Washington, D.C./Baltimore/Arlington


Farragut Medical & Travel Care

815 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $300

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: Two days


Walgreens

1401 Rhode Island Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. Hours: Seven days per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free for patients 18 and older Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Three days


Preston’s Pharmacy

Locations in Arlington and Fairfax

Hours: Monday to Saturday, check the website for details

Cost: Two-day results for $200, Next-day results for $350

Appointment required? Yes


McLean Pharmacy

1392 Chain Bridge Road, Mclean, Virginia 22101

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday

Cost: $250 for a 48-hour turnaround, and $500 for a 24-hour turnaround.

Appointment required? Yes

Turnaround time: Up to three business days


CVS

2560 West Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21223 Hours: By appointment Cost: No out-of-pocket cost with insurance Appointment required? Yes Turnaround time: Two to three days

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