If you haven't already heard, the CDC now requires a negative Covid-19 test (taken within 72 hours of departure) for anyone entering from outside the US. They also recommend that people who have traveled abroad get tested again three to five days after arriving. While this might detour some people from traveling internationally, one US airport is trying its best to make it as safe and easy to fly as possible by offering Covid-19 tests that can be purchased from a vending machine.
Did I Hear That Right?
Yes, you did! Oakland International Airport is now offering travelers the option of buying their own DIY Covid-19 test which can be purchased at a vending machine inside the airport. Oakland International is the first airport in the country to offer testing in such a unique way.
How Does it Work?
You can find the vending machines at contactless kiosks in each of the terminals. The kits, which range in price from $130 to $150, were designed by the digital health company Wellness 4 Humanity and produced by Swyft. You will have to submit your saliva sample via FedEx and will receive your test results (within 48 to 72 hours) via the mobile app. For this reason, the DIY tests are intended for people who are returning home. However, Oakland International also offers last-minute, curbside rapid testing for $120. For those who are not flying in or out of Oakland International, you can order your own DIY kits through eMed, where a box of six at-home Covid-19 tests costs $150.