Will Airport COVID Testing Affect Your Next Disney Vacation?

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If you are headed on a Disney vacation to either Disney World or Disneyland (once it reopens) during the pandemic, having a negative COVID-19 test may be something you need to travel. Many more American airports are now implementing COVID testing centres on sight where passengers can pay to be tested before departing the airport or upon arrival.

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Credit: MCO Airport

The Tampa International Airport released today that:

“At many destinations around the world, government health agencies are requiring travelers to provide a negative PCR test result to avoid quarantine or other restrictions upon arrival. Passengers departing from Tampa to states, countries or territories requiring negative PCR tests are advised to take the test three days before departure and can expect results within 48 hours”

Florida airports

Two major Florida based airports have introduced on-site testing for the coronavirus. TPA (Tampa International Airport) and MIA (Miami International Airport) will both have a COVID-19 test centre, with Tampa having the more extensive of the two.

AFAR reported that:

A new testing site that was created in partnership with BayCare Health System is located inside Tampa’s Main Terminal near the Airside F shuttle and will offer both the rapid antigen test and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test (also known as the nasal swab test). Any traveler can purchase either test regardless of their airline or destination. The PCR tests (which are considered to be more accurate and are more broadly accepted) cost $125 and the antigen tests cost $57.

With a growing number of U.S. airports introducing rapid-result COVID-19 testing options, in order to try and limit the spread prior to flying, some destinations where proof of negative COVID-19 test results are required and airport testing could be the best solution.

Orlando International Airport
Credit: Orlando International Airport

Miami’s airport will offer testing from going to Jamaica through American Airlines.

For the Miami–Jamaica flights, the initial phase of testing will only be for Jamaican residents traveling home, allowing them to bypass the otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine. If that pilot program is successful, though, the new testing option will be made available to all passengers traveling to Jamaica, American said

Related: Virus Testing Site at Disney World Opens Today

California airports

LAX which is Los Angeles’ primary airport, as well as the main vessel for Disneyland Guests to arrive into California will also have rapid-testing centres inserted. The testing will affect Hawaiian Airline flights for flights to Hawaii.

Beginning October 15, Hawaiian Airlines will be partnering with Worksite Lab to offer drive-through nasal swab tests at both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and SFO (and said additional locations are in the works) for flights to Hawaii. The test is $90 if you want the results within 36 hours or $150 for day-of-travel express service.

Although this will not affect your Disneyland vacation, it could be useful to those travelling to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa which has just announced that it will reopen to Guests on November 1.

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Please note nor Disney or Aulani is requiring proof of negative testing at the moment, but doing so can help limit the spread, as well as pose as a solution for travellers who require a negative test result to re-enter their home state, province, or territory.

Related: Just In: Everything You Need to Know About Aulani’s Phased Reopening

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