Travel Tuesday: Covid Testing Before Travel

by Danielle Garrett of PlanIt Itineraries for The Aha! Connection

As Caribbean Islands begin to open, a picture is emerging of what future travel may look like outside the U.S. (at least during the Covid era).  It is important to check the travel requirements for your destination, as most will include the need for a negative Covid test and possibly travel/medical insurance.  Even some U.S. states like Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine are requiring a negative Covid test to avoid quarantine time.   As more destinations open, the need for a quick PCR Covid test will become an important piece of your travel planning!

A negative Covid test may be required anywhere from 48 hours up to 7 days before your arrival.  The most common time frame is 72 hours to 5 days, which can be tricky when the testing turnaround time is “2 to 3 days” (and we are all hearing about the delays).  This will lead to some serious stress leading up to your departure!  You may think that a rapid test is your solution, but make sure to check the type of Covid test required.  Most destinations will only accept a PCR Covid test, which requires your sample to be sent to a lab.  I recommend doing your homework to find a testing center that has a shorter turnaround time.  Some may even be able to prioritize your test due to your upcoming travels.  A recent client just had a great find in preparation for a trip to Turks & Caicos.  CovidCareGA in Brookhaven offers NEXT DAY results with proof of travel (flight itinerary, etc).  They welcome walk-ins and there is no cost!   Also – don’t forget Jennifer Rego can bring a PCR COVID test to your HOME with 12-24 hour results turnaround!

Please remember to travel responsibly, wear your mask and do not travel unnecessarily if you are elderly or immune-compromised!

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