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What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at TPA

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at TPA

Current as of October 14, 2020

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.

For more information about business travel safety you can read more about business travel and COVID-19 on AmTrav’s blog.