After United Airlines announced last week that it would offer COVID-19 tests for travelers to Hawaii through San Francisco International Airport, Hawaiian Airlines rapidly followed suit with drive-through testing facilities near San Francisco and Los Angeles airports. Now it’s Alaska Airlines’ turn to ease travelers’ lives with pop-up clinics where they can get tested.
The airline will offer COVID-19 testing for travelers to Hawaii and Alaska, which also has a 72-hour testing requirement, through a pop-up clinic in Seattle, WA, starting October 12. Getting tested will cost $135 with results available in two hours. Alaska Airlines passengers will be able to receive priority testing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
As Alaska Airlines flights to Hawaii resume from more US cities, there will be more testing facilities to accommodate travelers. A press release announced future clinics in Portland, OR; Anchorage, AK; and Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Diego in California in the coming weeks.
These new protocols are being introduced due toHawaii’s plan to lift the mandatory quarantine on October 15 for visitors who present a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers will also be asked to complete a health form before making their way to Hawaii.