Travel is expected to pick up as the year draws to a close, even as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. A survey from the Vacationer found that more than 85 million Americans are planning on traveling just for the Christmas holiday. This doesn’t include other December holidays, like Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve. This has prompted some airports to begin testing for COVID-19.
To accommodate for the increase in travel, some states like Hawaii and Alaska will require a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry to the state. Airports are trying to take precautionary measures and now, many are offering COVID-19 tests.
Several major airports such as JFK in New York City, Newark, and LAX are offering COVID-19 testing, but prices at these locations vary. Some airports, like those in Houston and San Francisco, are offering tests only to passengers traveling to specific destinations.
Other airports—including Chicago’s O’Hare, Atlanta, and Denver—will begin providing COVID-19 tests soon, according to the Vacationer.
The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has made pre-travel testing more of a challenge. Americans who hope to get a test before embarking on their holiday travels may struggle to receive a test and results before Christmas arrives. The tests offered by airports often offer rapid results, which can ease traveler’s minds before they show up at a crowded airport.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to advise Americans against flying and traveling, especially during the busy holiday season. The CDC is emphasizing that cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, and traveling—even if you feel well and wear a mask—puts everyone at increased risk.
If you’re thinking of traveling, the CDC recommends asking yourself questions like, “Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?,” “Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?,” and “Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19?”
To see all the airports that offer COVID testing, check out this Afar article.