United to offer Covid-19 tests to passengers

25 Sep 2020 by Seher Asaf
United offers Covid-19 tests to passengers

United Airlines is offering Covid-19 rapid tests to customers traveling from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii starting October 15.

Passengers will have the option to take a rapid test at the airport or a self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their trip, says the carrier

The initiative is part of a pilot testing program for travellers, which the carrier says will make it easier for travellers to “manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions of popular destinations around the world”.

The rapid Abbott ID Now Covid-19 test will be administered by GoHealth Urgent Care and their partner Dignity Health. The US carrier says the tests will provide results in approximately 15 minutes and will be available to passengers on the same day as their flight departing from SFO.

The mail-in test option will be administered by Color and it is recommended that customers initiate testing at least 10 days prior to their trip and provide their sample within 72 hours of their trip, says the airline.

United's Covid-19 nasal swab laboratory test

United says it worked closely with Hawaii officials to ensure that any United customer – both visitors and Hawaiian residents returning home – who tests negative on either test would not be subjected to the state’s current 14-day quarantine requirement.

United currently offers a daily service between San Francisco and Honolulu (HNL), Maui (OGG) and Kona (KOA). The carrier plans to increase service to Hawaii on October 15, including the resumption of service between San Francisco and Lihue (LIH) and additional flights between San Francisco and Maui and Kona.

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