San Franciscans heading to distant shores this year will need to add one new item to their travel checklist – a negative COVID-19 PCR test. After the emergence of Covid-19 in 2020, most countries implemented travel restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. While a few countries are now open to Americans with no-strings-attached, the vast majority of the world still requires a negative PCR test for travelers looking to enter their borders.
What kind of test do I need for travel?
While a variety of tests have been approved for identifying Covid-19 infection, the PCR test remains the best choice for travelers. While some tests provide results in as little as 15 minutes, such as the Rapid Antigen test, they are considered slightly less reliable and are not as widely approved for travel.
To guarantee accurate results (and entry to your destination), the Standard and Rapid PCR tests remain the ideal choice for travelers. Utilizing a nasal swab, the standard PCR test provides results in 1-2 business days, while the Rapid PCR Test provides peak convenience with an accurate reading available 1-2 hours after testing.
Initially difficult to access, rapid testing meant hours-long lines at testing centers and frustrating waiting periods for many seeking to sneak a Covid-19 test into their pre-flight itinerary. Fortunately, rapid and accurate testing has become readily available to the public at large.