Domestic and international airports are offering some peace of mind ahead of holiday travel with on-site COVID-19 testing — see if you can get tested at the hub you're heading to.

By Alison Fox
Updated December 11, 2020
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COVID-19 testing booths at Newark Airport
Booths for patients are seen at the new XpresCheck COVID-19 testing facility for passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B in New Jersey.
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As the coronavirus pandemic has stymied travel across the world, airports and airlines have started their own COVID-19 testing operations as a way to get passengers back in the skies — especially as holiday travel approaches.

Major U.S. carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines have embraced testing as a model, offering passengers a path to visit locations like Hawaii and even London.

JetBlue has turned to at-home saliva tests to put customers at ease.  Internationally, Lufthansa and Emirates have also turned to on-the-ground testing.

Beyond the airlines, airports themselves have jumped on board, setting up COVID-19 testing sites right in the terminals to give passengers peace of mind. 

Scott Keyes, the founder and chief flight expert at Scott's Cheap Flights, told Travel + Leisure on-site rapid testing throughout the country “could do the most to revitalize travel” until a safe and widely distributed vaccine exists.

“Not only do you have peace of mind about your own health, but also confidence that everyone else on your plane just got a negative result as well,” Keyes said. 

Below is a list of U.S. airports offering on-site COVID-19 testing with specific information followed by a list of international airports that are also testing passengers. 

Alaska

Alaska requires out-of-state visitors to either arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test or get tested upon arrival and self-quarantine until they get the results. Tests cost $250, but are free for Alaska residents.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Anchorage

Where to find it: The testing site is located on the baggage claim level of the main terminal and is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. No appointment is necessary, but people are asked to register online

Juneau International Airport (JNU), Juneau

Where to find it: The testing site is inside the airport, and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week.

Ketchikan International Airport (KTN), Ketchikan

Where to find it: The testing site is at the airport and open seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Arizona

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix

The XpresSpa Group operates an XpresCheck testing facility in Phoenix’s airport. There, passengers can receive PCR tests and antibody tests.

Where to find it: The testing site is located inside Terminal 4, on the third floor before security checkpoint C. The site is open from Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

California

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles

LAX is offering COVID-19 tests, in partnership with Clarity Lab Solutions, for $150. Those who test at LAX will get their results within 24 hours via email. Testing sites are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a walk-up basis. Clarity Lab is also an approved testing partner for those traveling to Hawaii.

Where to find it: Testing locations can be found at three different locations: Tom Bradley International Terminal on the Upper/Departures level at the counters located in Aisle C, and at the lower/arrival level at Terminal 6 and Terminal 2.

Oakland International Airport (OAK), Oakland

The airport in Oakland offers on-site testing for travelers heading to Hawaii in order to skip the Aloha state’s quarantine period. Passengers have two options: get tested with a PCR test at least three days before a flight for $20 or get tested with a same-day PCR test if their flight is less than 72 hours away for $120.

The airport recommends people make an appointment online in advance. In addition, Oakland International Airport also offers free testing to members of the public.

Where to find it: Testing for the general public and travelers heading to Hawaii is available at the airport's North Field complex at 9070 Earhart Road and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Travelers heading to Hawaii who did not get a prior COVID-19 test can get tested on the day of their departure in front of the main passenger terminal complex between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main terminal location is also open from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis.

San Diego International Airport (SAN), San Diego

Alaska Airlines offers COVID-19 testing at the airport in San Diego for $170. Passengers must show their flight itinerary. Test results are typically ready by 2 p.m. the next day, and appointments are available each day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where to find it: The testing center is located by the valet parking.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco

San Francisco’s airport has on-site, rapid testing for United Airlines passengers heading to Hawaii. Tests cost $250 per test. Passengers must book their tests in advance and will receive information on how to do so in an email about one week before their flight.

Where to find it: The testing site at SFO is located in the international terminal prior to security and open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Connecticut

Connecticut requires visitors from many states throughout the country to either quarantine for 14 days or arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. 

Bradley International Airport (BDL), Windsor Locks

Travelers can also get a test at the airport by showing a copy of their boarding pass and are encouraged to pre-register online. The tests are either covered by passengers’ insurance or are available for $125.

Where to find it: The testing site is located in the baggage claim area between vestibule doors 4 and 5 and across from bag belts #5 and #6, and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., seven days per week.

Florida

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Fort Lauderdale

All passengers in Fort Lauderdale can get tested as long as they show proof of travel plans. Passengers will have the option of getting either a rapid antigen test for $74 (results take about 30 minutes), or a PCR test for $106 (results take 24 to 48 hours, depending on the time the test was performed) in collaboration with Nomi Health. Those wishing to get tested are asked to make an appointment online, but walk-ins may be accepted if no appointments are waiting.

Where to find it: The testing site, created in partnership with Spirit Airlines, is on the lower level of Terminal 3, before security near the baggage claim.

 Orlando International Airport (MCO), Orlando

Orlando’s airport plans to open a COVID-19 testing center inside the Main Terminal in December.

Where to find it: The testing site will be located at the west end of the Main Terminal. It will be on the third level, before security.

Tampa International Airport (TPA), Tampa

Tampa recently expanded its COVID-19 testing pilot program at the airport, extending it through the end of the year. Tests, which are open to all arriving and departing passengers, cost $150 for a PCR test and $60 for a rapid antigen test.

Where to find it: The testing site is located in the Main Terminal, near the entrance to Airside F. It is open for walk-ins from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Hawaii

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu

A mobile testing lab has opened at Honolulu’s airport where inter-island travelers can get tested for coronavirus. The lab, opened in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Consortium, is open seven days per week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tests cost $125 and people over 5 years old are asked to register online in advance.

Where to find it: The testing site is located by the Diamond Head Tour Group Area just past baggage claim 31.

Illinois:

Chicago has grouped states into yellow, orange, and red categories, requiring different protocols for each. Those coming from an “orange” state must obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling to the Windy City or quarantine for 14 days, while those coming from a “red” state must quarantine for the two week period. Travelers from a “yellow” state are asked to avoid non-essential travel, but are not required to quarantine or get tested.

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago

A testing site will be set up at Chicago’s Midway International Airport in December, open to travelers with proof of a flight either within 72 hours or five days after. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be performed, and tests will cost no more than $150.

Where to find it: The testing site will be located inside the terminal and will be walk-up.

O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago

A testing site will be set up at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport in December, open to travelers with proof of a flight either within 72 hours or five days after. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be performed, and tests will cost no more than $150.

Where to find it: There will be two testing sites at O’Hare: a walk-up site before security next to the terminal core, and a drive-up site in a remote parking lot.

Maine

Portland International Jetport (PWM), Portland 

Both travelers to Maine, as well as state residents, can get tested at the airport with either a 1-hour rapid test (which costs $25) or a 3-day PCR test (which is free). Testing is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday through Sunday. Those who wish to get tested must make an appointment online.

Where to find it: The testing center is located in the public section of the airport on level 1.

Massachusetts

Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston

Xpress testing facility at Boston Logan Airport International Airport
Xpress COVID-19 testing facility at Logan Airport International Airport.
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The XpresSpa Group opened an XpresCheck at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Oct. 28, offering rapid molecular tests, PCR tests, and blood antibody tests. Massachusetts requires most visitors to either quarantine for 14 days or show a negative COVID-19 test from up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

Where to find it: The testing site is located in the International Arrival area before security in Terminal E. The site is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Minnesota

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), St. Paul, Minneapolis

A testing center at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport offers saliva testing with results available in a few days. The test center, which is open to anyone and does not require proof of travel, is free for Minnesotans or $94 for out-of-state residents. People are encouraged to make an appointment online.

Where to find it: The testing center is located in Terminal 1 on Level 2 of the Blue Ramp. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

New Jersey

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Newark

The XpresSpa Group operates an XpresCheck location in Newark’s airport, providing rapid molecular tests, PCR tests, and antibody tests.

Additionally, United Airlines offers on-site testing for certain flights traveling from Newark to London’s Heathrow Airport. The free test will be a rapid test administered on the day of travel and will be mandatory for boarding.

Where to find it: The XpresCheck testing site is located in Terminal B on Level 3, and is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The United Airlines testing site will be located at the United Club near gate C93.

New York

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York City

The XpresSpa Group has an XpresCheck location in JFK, offering rapid molecular tests, PCR tests, and antibody tests.

Where to find it: The testing site is located in Terminal 4 on Level 1, near the Central Diner. The site is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City

NYC Health + Hospitals operate testing centers throughout the city, including at LaGuardia Airport. The walk-in testing center is free.

Where to find it: The testing site is located in the Terminal B parking garage on Level 1 and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week. 

Oklahoma

 Tulsa International Airport (TUL), Tulsa

A COVID-19 testing site will open at the airport in Tulsa on Jan. 4 with PCR tests, rapid antigen test, and antibody tests, as well as complete respiratory panels, flu A and B tests, and testing for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Testing will be available for ticketed passengers who are flying or have flown within three days.

Tests will cost $135 for PCR tests, $70 for rapid antigen tests, $75 for antibody tests, and $185 for a complete respiratory panel, including the PCR test.

Where to find it: The testing center will be located inside the B Terminal baggage claim area. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8: a.m. to 5: p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Oregon 

Portland International Airport (PDX), Portland

Alaska Airlines offers COVID-19 testing at the airport in Portland for $135. Passengers must show their flight itinerary. Test results take about two hours and appointments are available each day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where to find it: To find the testing center, passengers should walk across the SkyBridge on Level 4 into the Terminal, go down one level to departures, and exit out the doors near the Alaska check-in.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia 

Philadelphia offers COVID-19 testing at the airport for asymptomatic passengers flying out of PHL. Antigen tests and PCR tests are offered with testing open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Appointments are not required, but passengers are asked to pre-register online.

Where to find it: The testing center is before security in Terminal E, just to the left of the security checkpoint.

Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), DFW Airport

Passengers on certain American Airlines flights can get tested at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport with an on-site rapid test. The tests cost $249 and results take about 15 minutes. Passengers are encouraged to check-in online before departure.

Where to find it: The testing center is located in Terminal D, between Gates D40 and B1.

Vermont

Burlington International Airport (BTV), South Burlington

Vermont’s Burlington International Airport offers rapid COVID-19 tests, ddPCR (Droplet Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, and rapid flu diagnostic tests. Vermont requires many travelers to quarantine upon arrival, but allows people to get a PCR test on or after day seven to test out of that quarantine.

Where to find it: The testing site is located north of the terminal building at 481 White St., near the Cell Phone Lot, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Burlington’s airport plans to expand these hours to seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in late 2020.

Washington

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Seattle

A Discovery Health MD testing center has been opened at the airport for ticketed passengers. The PCR tests, which are available with same- and next-day options, are by appointment only and cost $250. Testing is available up to 72 hours before travel.

Where to find it: The testing center is located in the central auditorium before security, on the mezzanine level above ticketing and the security checkpoints.

International Airports With On-site COVID-19 Testing

The international airports listed below have also launched on-site testing. See each airport's site for specific information.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.