Tampa International Airport (TPA) is offering rapid Covid-19 testing for all departing and arriving travelers. TPA is the first airport in the US to offer on-site testing with roll out in October 2020 as a pilot program. In partnership with BayCare Health System, two types of FDA-approved Covid-19 tests are being offered. Here’s what you need to know:
The testing site is located inside the Main Terminal near the Airside F shuttle.
Passengers can park for free for the first hour in the short-term garage and proceed to Level 3 between shuttle entrances to Airsides E and F to reach the testing site if they are not already in the airport.
Testing services will be offered on a walk-in basis from Thursday, October 1st to October 31st, seven days a week from 8am until 2pm.
Both rapid antigen tests and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR - nasal swab) tests are offered
Testing is open to all ticketed passengers who are flying or have flown within three days and can show proof of travel.
Travelers may purchase either test regardless of which airline they’re booked on, their gate location or destination.
As of the time of this post, the PCR test costs $125 and the antigen test costs $57. Credit card payment is required (no insurance claims will be processed at this testing site).
The antigen test can produce results in less than an hour.
PCR tests take about 48 hours to process, so travelers should try to get one three days before their departure to provide the best chance of getting results in time.
Expect to wear a mask and stay socially distanced at the testing site - it’s a requirement.