Testing for covid is ever-changing.  Please check back 4 weeks prior departure to see if there were changes made.

Rapid Result COVID-19 PCR Tests –  Rules are changing daily!   At this time, we must rely on each airlines policy. Read Covid rules at the top of airline website up to a week before departure. Every airline and country differ. Just prior, we will send you final AFS departure letter with instructions specific to your trip.  Airlines may require online form to complete. Store this on your phone and bring a paper copy. Again, always bring paper Covid vaccine card with you.

Non-vaccinated people – Under a new Biden dictate travelers must arrange on own CV test at destination within 24 hours before departure home.  You must show negative test to enter back to USA.

As of January 26, 2021, a rapid PCR test is needed to board airlines and or enter most countries.  We hope this will be eliminated by the time your trip goes. RT-PCR (by nose swab) is only test excepted.

  • PCR Test – This is PCR test with Rapid Test Results within 24 hours.  Most urgent care places offer these.  Read Covid news below.  All tests are free or covered by insurance, but these may have a line to wait. Now appointments are taken. To get fast with no wait, make appointment at private lab, but can be pricey. There are now thousands of labs around US. Also, more testing sites opening daily with easy drive through. Just google “Covid PCR test near me”.
  • At present, some international airlines may require a negative Covid test within 96 to 72 hours of departure!  Read your airline website.  This may change as rules are always being revised or eliminated by departure. Don’t stress, just refer to this if you need it. I’ve done 4 free PCR test runs with no problems.  Millions of passengers have gotten their PCR test to fly. You can too!  Call your healthcare provider or Urgent Care near you. Or Google “free no cost Covid testing near me”.  Most state and federal programs provide this.  Rural areas are more challenging. You may need to drive to an appointment in a nearby city.  All our clients prefer Urgent Care Centers over Walgreens and CVS because they are fast an accurate. . They will bill your insurance company.  (Best trick – if you say you may have been “exposed to a Covid person” or if you feel “symptoms” like fatigue or say CDC recommended, it must be free.)   Call or email to get appointment. Schedule test within your 72 – 96 hours departure window, usually 3 days prior for email result needed in 24 hours.  This way you still have a backup day in case you get a false positive. Bring printed copy.  Also screenshot copy on cell phone. Test must read “PCR”. (We’ve had nobody test positive yet, if so, call us 770-432-8225. Many tests are inaccurate and a re-test shows negative.)

Outbound –  Read specific airline rules on website, also any rules on connections in transit. Those vaccinated may still need to show a test.

Homebound – Airline and US Customs now require negative Antigen test to board departure flight to USA.  Antigen tests are easy and affordable.  (We hope this is eliminated by your trip date.) A few airlines instead require a PCR test to fly home and US Customs will accept this.  Be sure to check with your airline.

If an Antigen test is necessary within 72 hours of departure, we can help arrange test for our group in each country. Details later by email.  New mail in-home kits approved by CDC is an option.  You can buy kit to bring and do there for return into USA. The CDC only certifies some kits (ask airline).   Our travelers have returned to USA and said they loved NAVICA app from emed.com,   They range for $19-$70, but you should be tech savvy.

Other ways to get an antigen test for your departure home include getting information from your airline, your hotel, local pharmacies, US Embassesy page, Google Maps Covid testing sites and many airports now have test sites.