COVID Test for Travel

When and Where to Get Your COVID-19 Test for Travel


Are you planning a trip? If so, you may need a COVID-19 test. Many countries currently require proof that you don’t have COVID-19 before you enter, including the United States. This rule applies to U.S. citizens returning from other countries, too.

There are a few exceptions to the testing requirement. One example is if you get a negative test in the U.S., and travel and return within three days of the test. In this case, the test taken in the U.S. will be accepted and you won’t have to take a COVID-19 test in the country you visited. For full, up-to-date requirements on entering and re-entering the U.S., check the Centers for Disease Control website before you travel.

You will most likely need to get tested within 72 hours (three days) of your scheduled departure. This is a common requirement of many countries and some states. Remember to check the rules of each country or state you’re visiting before you leave.

If you require a COVID-19 test for your trip, visit a Physicians Immediate Care location near you to get your travel-approved test. We use the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 Molecular PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which is approved for most travel purposes; please check with your airline to confirm. This test has high accuracy and is available at all our clinics. Results are available in under 15 minutes!

Getting your COVID-19 test is simple. Just walk-in or book an appointment online at a Physicians Immediate Care location near you. To schedule your COVID test for travel please call our hotline at 312-234-0217. Our tests are available for travel purposes, employment, and general health. Follow-up care is available if you feel sick or if you test positive for COVID-19.

For COVID-19 tests and other health services, Physicians Immediate Care accepts both self-pay and most major insurance plans. For a full list of insurance plans accepted by Physicians Immediate Care clinics in your state, click here.

Thank you for being a valued client of Physicians Immediate Care. Whether you’re traveling or staying close to home, the team at Physicians Immediate Care wishes you a safe and healthy spring.