Airports are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to safely resuming travel. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey now offer on-site COVID-19 testing, including PCR tests, blood antibody tests, and rapid nasal swab tests designed to provide COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes or less. The airports are partnering with XpresCheck to offer the service.
Dr. Marcelo Venegas, an XpresCheck medical officer, said in a statement, “Cutting the time for results to 15 minutes or less changes the testing paradigm for travelers and airport employees, creating a series of benefits. It means early detection results are known in time to take appropriate measures to prevent disease transmission. This is literally a shortcut to a safer environment for airport staff, travelers, and all of the communities in which they come in contact.”
The service is also set to become available at Boston’s Logan International Airport in November.
It’s important to note, however, that rapid tests don’t provide the same level of accuracy as PCR tests, which most countries require for entry. You can schedule an appointment for any of the three tests available through XpresCheck’s website.