At Home COVID-19 Testing for Travel
At Home COVID-19 Testing for Travel
The CDC issued new guidelines on the COVID screening mandate for overseas travel, effective December 6, 2021.
As a result, numerous U.S. travelers already abroad were forced to rush to complete a COVID test within a day of returning. This caused bottlenecks and problems that would drag on for some time.
The new regulations reduced the COVID-19 testing time to one day and applied to all commuters, immunized or not, aged two and up. A Flowflex at home rapid COVID test is offered with Virtual Supervision by FastLabs and promises to be less of a hassle, and produces results within just minutes.
Home-administered tests (as per the CDC requirements) are okay if they meet the following guidelines:
- A SARS-CoV-2 viral test, either an antigen test or nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT], with a U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)
- Testing must also be part of a telehealth video call in which a manufacturer-authorized person oversees the testing procedure live. Some FDA-approved self tests such as a telehealth service may need a prescription.
- The telehealth provider issues a report that confirms the patient’s identity, the laboratory name or healthcare institution, the test type, and the date of specimen collection
- Carriers and U.S. officials at entry points must be able to verify who you are and the test results documents, whether in paper or digital format
Where to Get an at Home COVID-19 Test
How Do Telehealth Appointments Work?
With the virtual COVID test, a coordinator joins via Zoom and monitors as you administer the test. You get your results within 15 minutes and receive an official report, the same way you would have if you came to us. With this virtual COVID test for travel, you’ll not need a prescription.
When Should You Get Tested for COVID?
You should get tested for COVID when:
- You come into contact with a person showing COVID symptoms or suspected of having COVID
- Before traveling
- When you or a family member start showing symptoms of COVID infection
At Home COVID Test vs Lab Test
Unlike lab tests for COVID that can take days, rapid home tests such as ours produce a result within minutes. This is important because you require a COVID test before flying.
COVID-19 self tests are vital for people living in communities with a low access rate to vaccinations and medical facilities.
Will Medicare Cover At Home COVID Tests?
Since January 15, 2022, the current Biden-Harris Administration now requires insurers and group health plans to recoup the cost of the self administered COVID test. The test is reimbursable for those with private health insurance.
Medicare beneficiaries can get up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month under the new initiative. Tests are obtainable at participating online pharmacies, such as Fastlabs, as well as local in-store pharmacies.
The policy applies to COVID-19 over-the-counter tests approved or authorized by the FDA.
Things to Keep in Mind with At Home COVID-19 Testing
Are Home COVID Tests Accurate?
Even with the best at-home COVID test kits like Flowflex, there’s usually a small risk of a false positive. Getting a positive result while negative usually happens with rapid antigen tests, but it’s still doubtful.
To be safe, set aside some time for another at-home COVID test for international travel to be sure. Fastlabs recommends a second home COVID testing kit as a backup. If something happens to the kit, such as getting damaged, you’ll still have the test and continue with the trip. Also, you will want to test again when your symptoms subside.