COVID-19 testing for United travelers

Plane Icon Travel within the United States with ADL Health

If you’re traveling within the U.S., we offer a self-collected, mail-in testing option to give you some peace of mind when you travel. Before ordering a test, please check your destination’s testing requirements on the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map.

  • Travelers originating from or within the U.S. can arrange a self-collected, mail-in COVID-19 RT-PCR test through United and ADL Health.


    Order a test

    Mail Icon Mail-in testing 72 hours before travel

    • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
    • Self-administered test that is observed theough a Zoom video call to walk you through the process and answer any questions; travelers must take the test and mail it back 72 hours prior to travel
    • Travelers will receive a digital copy of results 24-48 hours prior to travel. If applicable, please check your destination’s requirements for how to present your results for boarding, entry or bypassing quarantine. Most countries and states accept digital results, but we recommend printing and carrying a copy as backup.
    • $169 per test (includes shipping)

Plane Icon Travel from Denver with XpresCheck

If you’re traveling from Denver, we offer a testing option to give you some peace of mind when you travel. Before booking an appointment, please check your destination’s testing requirements on the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map.

  • United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a rapid testing option available daily to travelers originating from Denver and traveling anywhere.


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    Clock Icon Rapid molecular test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located next to the TSA checkpoint between doors 612 and 614 in the airport lobby
    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located after security** in the center of Concourse B – Level 2
      • **A valid same-day boarding pass is required to get through security
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and schedule an appointment
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test on the day of travel. No walk-in appointments or appointments before the day of travel will be available.
    • Results are provided in approximately as little as 60 minutes
    • $250 per test and insurance is not accepted

Plane Icon Travel from Houston (George Bush Intercontinental) with XpresCheck

If you’re traveling from Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport), we offer a testing option to give you some peace of mind when you travel. Before booking an appointment, please check your destination’s testing requirements on the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map.

  • United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a rapid testing option available daily to travelers originating from Houston and traveling anywhere.


    Book an appointment

    Clock Icon Rapid molecular test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located after security** in Terminal E – Departures level
      • **A valid same-day boarding pass is required to get through security
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and schedule an appointment
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test on the day of travel. No walk-in appointments or appointments before the day of travel will be available.
    • Results are provided in approximately as little as 60 minutes
    • $250 per test and insurance is not accepted

Plane Icon Travel from New York/Newark with XpresCheck

If you’re traveling from New York/Newark, we offer a testing option to give you some peace of mind when you travel. Before booking an appointment, please check your destination’s testing requirements on the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map.

  • United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a rapid COVID-19 testing option at New York/Newark. It’s available daily to customers originating from New York/Newark and traveling anywhere.


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    Clock Icon Rapid PCR test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located before security in Terminal C, Level 1 (closest to United) or Terminal B, Level 3, near Door 1
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Results are delivered in as little as 60 minutes
    • $250 per test and insurance is not accepted (a 10% discount will be applied for customers that get tested prior to the day of travel)

Plane Icon Travel from San Francisco with XpresCheck

If you’re traveling from San Francisco, we offer a testing option to give you some peace of mind when you travel. Before booking an appointment, please check your destination’s testing requirements on the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map.

  • United has teamed up with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care and XpresCheck to provide rapid COVID-19 testing options at San Francisco. It’s available daily to customers originating from San Francisco and traveling anywhere.


    Clock Icon Rapid molecular and PCR tests with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

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    • Administered by Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care at a testing facility located before security in the international terminal, level 3, aisle 6
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test on the day of travel. No walk-in appointments or appointments before the day of travel will be available.
    • Results are provided in as little as 15 minutes for rapid molecular results, and 50 minutes for rapid PCR tests
    • $225 per rapid molecular test and $275 per rapid PCR test; insurance is not accepted

    Clock Icon Rapid PCR test with XpresCheck

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    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located before security in Terminal 3, Arrivals Level, near Door 12
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test on the day of travel. No walk-in appointments or appointments before the day of travel will be available.
    • Results are provided in as little as 60 minutes
    • $250 per test and insurance is not accepted

Plane Icon Travel from Washington Dulles with XpresCheck

If you’re traveling from Washington Dulles, we offer a testing option to give you some peace of mind when you travel. Before booking an appointment, please check your destination’s testing requirements on the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map.

  • United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a rapid COVID-19 testing option at Washington Dulles. It’s available daily to customers originating from Washington Dulles and traveling anywhere.


    Book an appointment

    Clock Icon Rapid PCR test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located before security in the Main Terminal, Baggage Claim Level, near Door 2
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Results are provided in as little as 60 minutes
    • $250 per test and insurance is not accepted

Plane Icon Travel to Latin America and the Caribbean with mail-in provider

If you’re traveling from the U.S. to select destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, we offer an approved testing option that will allow you to satisfy the entry requirements for those countries. Visit the Travel-Ready Center or COVID-19 travel entry requirements map for the most up-to-date information about your destination’s entry requirements.

  • Travelers must originate from or connect through Houston Intercontinental to arrange for a self-collected, mail-in RT-PCR COVID-19 test through United and ADL Health for the following destinations:

    • Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
    • Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)
    • Lima, Peru (LIM)
    • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
    • Panama City, Panama (PTY)
    • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)
    • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)
    • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)
    Order a test

    Mail Icon Mail-in testing 72 hours before travel

    • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and order one
    • Self-administered test that is observed through a Zoom video call to walk you through the process and answer any questions; travelers must take the test and mail it back 72 hours prior to travel
    • Travelers will receive a digital copy of results 24-48 hours prior to travel. Please check your destination’s requirements for how to present your results for boarding, entry or bypassing quarantine. Most countries accept digital results, but we recommend printing and carrying a copy as backup.
    • $169 per test (includes shipping)

Plane Icon Travel to Canada with ADL Health

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy Canada’s testing requirement for entry. Visit our COVID-19 travel entry requirements map for the most up-to-date information about Canada’s entry requirements.

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to Canada can arrange a self-collected, mail-in COVID-19 test through United and ADL Health. This test is an RT-PCR test that satisfies the entry requirements for Canada.

    Order a test

    Mail Icon Mail-in testing 72 hours before travel

    • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health 
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and order one
    • Self-administered test that is observed through a Zoom video call to walk you through the process and answer any questions; travelers must take the test and mail it back 72 hours prior to travel 
    • Travelers will receive a digital copy of results 24-48 hours prior to travel. Please check your destination’s requirements for how to present your results for boarding, entry or bypassing quarantine. Most countries accept digital results, but we recommend printing and carrying a copy as backup. 
    • $169 per test (includes shipping)

Plane Icon Travel from London Heathrow with ExpressTest

If you’re traveling to the U.S. from London Heathrow, we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy U.S. testing requirement for entry. Visit our COVID-19 travel entry requirements map for the most up-to-date information about U.S.'s entry and testing requirements.

  • Book an appointment

    Clock Icon Rapid antigen test

    • Administered by ExpressTest at a testing facility located before security in Terminal 2 Arrivals – lower ground level plaza (the level below arrivals) and also Terminal 2 Departures – level 5 behind Zone A
      • Note: The clinics shown above are in the same terminal as United. ExpressTest does have testing clinics in other terminals at London Heathrow.
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and schedule an appointment
    • Customers must pre-register to reserve their testing timeslot and obtain a test on the day of travel. No walk-in appointments or appointments before the day of travel will be available.
    • Results are provided in as little as 40 minutes
    • £35 per test

Plane Icon Travel to Switzerland with ADL Health

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy Switzerland’s testing requirement for entry. Visit ou COVID-19 travel entry requirements map for the most up-to-date information about Switzerland entry

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to Switzerland can arrange a self-collected, mail-in COVID-19 test through United and ADL Health. This test is an RT-PCR test that satisfies the entry requirements for Switzerland.

    Order a test

    Mail-in testing 72 hours before travel

    • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and order one
    • Self-administered test that is observed through a Zoom video call to walk you through the process and answer any questions; travelers must take the test and mail it back 72 hours prior to travel
    • Travelers will receive a digital copy of results 24-48 hours prior to travel. Please check your destination’s requirements for how to present your results for boarding, entry or bypassing quarantine. Most countries accept digital results, but we recommend printing and carrying a copy as backup.
    • $169 per test (includes shipping)

Plane Icon Travel to the Republic of Ireland with mail-in and on-site testing providers

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy the Republic of Ireland's testing requirement for entry. Visit our COVID-19 travel entry requirements map for the most up-to-date information about Ireland's entry requirements.

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to the Republic of Ireland can arrange a self-collected, mail-in COVID-19 test through United and ADL Health. This test is an RT-PCR test that satisfies the entry requirements for Ireland.

    Order a test

    Mail-in testing 72 hours before travel

    • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and order one
    • Self-administered test that is observed through a Zoom video call to walk you through the process and answer any questions; travelers must take the test and mail it back 72 hours prior to travel
    • Travelers will receive a digital copy of results 24-48 hours prior to travel. Please check your destination’s requirements for how to present your results for boarding, entry or bypassing quarantine. Most countries accept digital results, but we recommend printing and carrying a copy as backup.
    • $169 per test (includes shipping)

Frequently asked questions

General questions

  • Check our COVID-19 travel entry requirements map to learn more about what you need for your trip. If you’ve already booked your flight, visit our Travel-Ready Center for helpful information specific to you and your upcoming trip.

  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, started to feel symptoms or tested positive, you should self-isolate and delay your travel. Negative test results aren’t required for travel to the U.S., but some countries may still require one. You can use these guidelines to see when you should travel again. Once you’ve determined that it’s safe to travel, you can rebook or cancel your flight as needed without change fees.

  • It’s not a requirement to receive your test through United; you can also arrange a COVID-19 test independently, as long as it’s approved by your destination.

  • Destinations have different requirements for what needs to appear on your COVID-19 test results. Visit our COVID-19 travel entry requirements map and your destination’s official government website for more information.

    To enter the U.S., your negative COVID-19 test result must include the following:

    • Entity issuing the result (e.g., laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service)
    • Name of the traveler (must match the traveler’s identification)
    • Date test was taken
    • Type of test – must be a viral (NAAT or antigen) COVID-19 test and
    • Test result must state “negative,” “SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected” or “SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected”

    OR

    • A positive viral test on a sample taken during the past 90 days, and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel according to CDC’s travel guidance. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

Mail-in and in-person test questions

  • ADL Health will email your results using the contact information you will input when you purchase the test.

  • ADL Health and United are working together to ensure customers receive their testing results in time for their departure. Customers will not be able to purchase a test within 72 hours of their flight.

    • At least 72 hours is required for shipping time to a U.S. address, shipping back to ADL, and the lab processing your test.
    • Customers must ship their test sample between 48 and 72 hours prior to departure to ensure results are emailed in time for their flight.

    For further questions around ADL’s processing time, call 800-834-3522.

  • We recommend booking your appointment as far in advance as possible with a testing provider as spots do fill quickly, especially for a day-of-travel test. You can also visit the Travel-Ready Center to find other eligible testing providers for your destination.

  • Airport testing options are currently only available at the airports listed above for travel to select destinations. We also offer other testing options and resources for travelers.

*Travel requirements and restrictions change rapidly. For the most updated information, visit our database of international document and entry requirements.