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Need a negative PCR test in order to travel? LAX airport has got your back with a new and super-fast on-site testing facility that delivers results within 3-5 hours.

Many destinations are requiring negative PCR test results for entry, leaving travelers scrambling to find a clinic that offers test results in time for their flight. LAX is now offering a rapid-PCR test with results as speedy as 3 hours, making fulfilling entry requirements a breeze.

LAX during covid

Since LAX is one of the busiest international airports in the U.S., many travelers who are not already departing from this hub are re-routing their layovers to LAX in order to get the test results they desperately need.

Many nations, especially in the Caribbean, Central and South America are still allowing American tourists to visit but are requiring they bring proof of a negative PCR test in order to do so.

The testing site at LAX offers the type of PCR test that is widely accepted for entry by these countries. (Below we have a list of countries you can use these tests to enter!)

PCR nasal swab test

Here is everything you need to know about utilizing the 3-5 hour PCR testing service at LAX airport.

Type of test

Standard PCR test (nasal-swab Polymerase Chain Reaction)


Terminal 6
The rapid testing lab is located on the Lower/Arrivals level, next to parking structure 6.

Guests can access the facility by vehicle drop-off along the outer arrivals curb at Terminal 6, or by walking from any of the parking structures. For pedestrians coming from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 a shorter path to the testing site is possible along East Way, Theme Way and West Way.

LAX terminal 6



Hours of Operation

8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Results Sent Within:

3-5 hours

By appointment only

The rapid testing site at Terminal 6 is operating by appointment only. You can make an appointment online HERE

If you cannot get an appointment for LAX’s rapid PCR test lab at Terminal 6, there are 2 other options at the airport, but they have a slightly longer turn-around time of 24 hours instead of 3-5 hours.  

2 more PCR testing labs can be found at:

  • Terminal 2 at the Lower/Arrivals Level 1, baggage claim area.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Upper/Departures level 3 at the check-in counters located in Aisle C (C01-C05), along the north side of the terminal.

Both of these options will give results within 24 hours and are on a walk-in basis instead of appointment based. The hours of operation for both are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, and the cost is the same at $125.

The negative results you obtain from either of these 3 testing sites will fulfill your testing entry requirements for visiting many countries.

Here are some examples of destinations that are accepting international tourists, with the turnaround time they need the PCR test results done in.

(You’ll notice that LAX’s time frame is well within the limits these countries require!)

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Despite case levels being at an all-time high, many American airports are now offering fast test results for those that do want or need to travel. JFK is now offering a 2-3 hour turnaround time for their pre-departure PCR tests out of Terminal 1. 

While not as quick as JFK or LAX, test results within 48 hours can be obtained at Fort Lauderdale, Chicago O’Hare, and Dallas Fort Worth.

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Read More: Destinations accepting American and Canadian tourists, companies offering travel health insurance that covers covid, and the Top 10 places to visit in 2021

Sources: LAX Airport

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Monday 11th of January 2021

Hallelujah! I could not find anything at all in California that would work, and now I've blown through my vacation time and have to wait at least 3-5 more months, but this will help a lot of others (and possibly me in 3-5 months if things aren't back on track; given how the world is going, I don't think that they will be). This is WONDERFUL. $125 USD is also way cheaper than the private places up here, some of which charge $700 for 24 hour turnaround.

Just awesome!

Does anyone know if they can print out their results? I know some places want the paper copy, signed. Thanks if you know!

This just opened the world up for me, which has been deeply shut down for ten months now, straight. Our airporter no longer even runs (cost $75 by the way -- California is just pricy; an Uber to the airport from where I live, one way, is $250, and parking is $36 a day at the airport lot, for perspective -- $125 is not bad for Californians for the most part). And my husband also insists I take a COVID test before returning home, so with this, I can do that!

Now to decide where to go! This post gives me the first inkling of hope that I've felt in MONTHS.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

So glad this is helpful. :) I know they only send electronic results over email, so if you need it printed, you'll have to do that independently Good luck!

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Monday 11th of January 2021

Great facility provided by the Lax offers travelers 3 hour PCR test results. From this facility people can travel to the place easily where covid test is mandatory before visit to that specific place.


Sunday 10th of January 2021

Covid-19 test still expensive.