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NYC’s LaGuardia Airport Is Offering Free COVID-19 Tests for All Travelers

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by Eben Diskin Nov 2, 2020

Following in the footsteps of other domestic airports, New York’s LaGuardia is now offering COVID-19 testing with one important difference — it’s free. The testing will take place in Terminal B, on the first floor of the parking garage just as you exit the elevator. Standard PCR nose swabs will be conducted by NYC Health & Hospitals clinicians, and travelers will receive the results within 48 hours by phone.

Upon arriving you’ll find six mobile trailers with two check-in windows for registration and testing.

You won’t have to pay for the test, but you will be asked to provide your health insurance information if you have it.

The center will be open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM with no advance appointment required. All passengers are welcome, whether arriving or departing, though right now the facility is only operating at 25 percent capacity, admitting no more than around 100 people per day.

A similar testing site is currently in the works at JFK Airport, which is expected to launch in the coming weeks.

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