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COVID-19 Test Kits Fly With You

June 1, 2021 • 8:34 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

To enjoy your next international trip and not spend time sorting through logistics to meet the U.S. CDC's requirements for SARS-CoV-2 virus testing to return home, two companies announced some good news.

Abbott and United Airlines confirmed on May 12, 2021, they are partnering to make an at-home coronavirus test available that meets the CDC guidelines for travelers entering the USA.

United customers can depart the United States with Abbott's BinaxNOW Home Test in their carry-on bag and administer the test via the eMed digital health platform while overseas, avoiding the need to find a testing center abroad.

United is the only airline to offer end-to-end integration between a digital platform and a testing app with the integration between the United Travel Ready Center platform and Abbott’s NAVICA app, which provides a seamless passenger experience when departing and entering the USA. 

Since the Travel-Ready Center launched in January 2021, United customers have been able to access testing or vaccine requirements needed for travel destinations easily, upload completed testing results and vaccine records, as well as have them verified, all within the United app.

“We want to give our customers greater peace of mind that when they travel internationally, they’ll be able to return to the U.S quickly and safely,” said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United, in a press release.

The BinaxNOW Home Test kit is lightweight, about the size of a day planner, and fits easily into a passenger’s carry-on luggage, briefcase, or purse. It is recommended that passengers travel with more than one BinaxNOW test in their possession in the event of an inconclusive test result.

“The BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test is the most studied and widely used rapid test in the United States today and with our partner United, we’re making testing even more broadly available as the country returns to international business and leisure travel,” added Andrea F. Wainer, EVP of Abbott’s rapid and molecular diagnostics business.

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