American Airlines to Offer Pre-Flight Covid-19 Testing to Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Bahamas

By Kurt Stolz on 30 September 2020
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American Airlines announced plans to offer Covid-19 testing for flights to Jamaica, Hawaii, and the Bahamas.

The Fort Worth-based carrier will offer three types of coronavirus tests for individuals traveling from Dallas-Fort worth to destinations in the Hawaiian Islands.   Three options will be available when the program starts on October 15, namely observed at-home tests, in-person tests at an urgent care center, and rapid in-airport testing at DFW.

The observed at-home test will be offered through LetsGetChecked and will be monitored by a medical professional via a video link.  The cost will be $119. Results will normally take 48 hours. In addition, travelers can go to any CareNow urgent care location, and the test will cost $250 if not covered by health insurance.  Finally, the in-airport testing will be administered by CareNow at DFW; no cost was specified for this program, however.

For flights from Miami International Airport to destinations in Jamaica, American will offer testing to Jamaican residents returning to their home country.  A negative test will allow the passenger to bypass the otherwise mandatory 14-yda self-quarantine period.  This testing program is slated to begin in October and American plans to open it up to all passengers including U.S. citizens in the future.

American will launch testing for travelers heading to the Bahamas next month although it did not release any details at this time.  The airline also said it is in discussions with the Caribbean Community, also known as Caricom, which represents 15 nations and dependencies in the region, in order to expand the testing program to member nations.

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