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COVID-19 Testing Before Flying Becomes Easier

January 25, 2021 • 2:55 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

Following recent direction from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Delta Airlines announced it is helping customers around the world obtain approved COVID-19 tests before their travel to the U.S. Starting January 26, 2021, all customers over the age of two entering or transiting through the U.S. from any location outside of the U.S. must obtain a negative test result from a viral test taken within three days of departure.

For those taking connecting flights to the U.S., the test must be taken within three days of the initial flight, and the connection time must not exceed 24 hours. 

Delta has developed a dedicated COVID-19 testing resource available on, highlighting testing locations across our international network that offer one or more approved tests. Delta customers can also use any laboratory or test provider offering one of the following tests: molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test, RT-PCR test, LAMP test, or antigen test. However, antibody tests are not accepted.

“We are focused on creating innovative solutions for our customers and have developed a new online tool that will make it easier for our customers to find approved testing centers at convenient locations before their travel to the U.S.,” stated Perry Cantarutti, S.V.P. - Alliances & International, Delta, in a press release.

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