In this crazy covid world, some companies are taking initiatives to make things easier for travelers.
American Airlines is offering U.S. travelers at home pre-flight tests in order to travel to Belize, St, Lucia and Grenada.
All three destinations require travelers to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 3-7 days of departure.
With the new at home testing program, travelers will be to take their PCR test at home with observation from a medical professional online.
American Airlines has partnered with LetsGetChecked which is a direct-to-consumer at-home health testing and insights company.
According to a press release, American Airlines said that results of the PCR tests are usually available on average within 48 hours.
Beginning November 16th, travelers will be able to take advantage of the at home tests which cost USD $129.
Belize currently requires all travelers 6 and up to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure.
For St. Lucia, travelers 5 years and up must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 7 days before departure to the airline before being allowed to board.
For those headed to Grenada, travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result no older than 7 days prior to departure.
American Airlines is currently only operating flights to Belize, Grenada and St. Lucia from Miami.
Later this month they expect to add flights from Chicago to St Lucia and in December will expand additional flights from Philadelphia, Charlotte and Dallas.
In an additional announcement, American Airlines said that it will expand its testing program for Hawaii.
Beginning November 2nd, 2020 passengers traveling to Hawaii from Los Angeles or Phoenix will now be able to use the LetsGetChecked testing program.
Once again the results will take around 48 hours.
Hawaii’s COVID-19 entry requirements state that passengers who have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure will not have to face a 14 day quarantine.
American Airlines had been testing the pre-flight testing program in Hawaii and Jamaica and was also planning on rolling out the testing to the Bahamas in November.
“Our plan for this initial phase of preflight testing reflects the ingenuity and care our team is putting into rebuilding confidence in air travel,” American Airlines President Robert Isom said in a statement.
American Airlines joins United and Hawaiian Airlines in offering preflight testing for passengers traveling to Hawaii.
The cost of the testing has varied between different airlines. United is charging $250 at the airport or $80 for an at-home test.
Hawaiian’s test is $90 for the test in advance or $150 for day-of-travel express service.
JetBlue is charging $143, including the price of shipping.
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