COVID-19 testing for United travelers

The U.S. requires a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery for all incoming international travelers, including U.S. citizens. Learn more about this CDC requirement and additional travel flexibility on our Important Notices page and our FAQs.

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 Important Notices page page.

  • Travelers originating from 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; 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 accept digital results, but we recommend printing a copy as backup.
    • $119 per test (includes shipping)

Plane Icon Travel to the United States

If you’re traveling to the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy testing requirements for entry. As of January 26, 2021, the U.S. requires a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Visit our Important Notices page for the most up-to-date information about the U.S.’s entry and testing requirements.

  • Travelers originating from outside the U.S. can arrange an appointment for a local COVID-19 test through United and TrustAssure. TrustAssure’s healthcare provider network ensures that customers are given options for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests that satisfy entry requirements for the U.S., including the required testing timeframe.

    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the testing providers and schedule an appointment
    • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
    • Pricing may vary by testing provider

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 Important Notices page. If you’re flying to Amsterdam, this option satisfies the Netherlands’ 4-hour rapid testing requirement for entry.

  • 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. Visit XpresCheck’s website to set up an appointment and find the latest information.


    Book an appointment

    Clock Icon Rapid molecular test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located before security in Terminal C, Level 1 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 provided in approximately 15-30 minutes
    • $200 per test

Plane Icon Travel to Hawaii with mail-in and on-site providers

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if you present a negative test result. Visit our Important Notices page for the most up-to-date information about Hawaii’s entry requirements.

Once you’ve scheduled and completed your approved test, complete the Safe Travels health form and upload your results before your trip for validation. If you don’t do this before you depart, you’ll have to quarantine for 10 days or the duration of your trip even if you obtain a negative result after landing. All customers entering or traveling through Hawaii are required to complete the Safe Travels application.

Starting February 1, when you arrive in Hawaii, skip the line by receiving pre-clearance for the Safe Travels health form. To do this, complete the steps in the paragraph above to receive a QR code. Then, about 90 minutes before your flight, speak with a United agent at your gate to verify your enrollment status. (If you’re flying from San Francisco, follow signs to a designated area to speak with an agent.) If you qualify for pre-clearance, you’ll receive a wristband to wear for expedited entry. Pre-clearance doesn’t apply to flights to Lihue.

  • Travelers originating from the mainland U.S. or Alaska and going to Hawaii 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 Hawaii.

    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 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 a copy as backup.
    • $119 per test (includes shipping)
  • United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a testing option, available daily to travelers originating from Denver and traveling to Hawaii. This test is pre-approved by the state of Hawaii and available to those eight years of age and older. Please note that Hawaii requires tests for all customers five years of age and older.

    Book an appointment

    Clock Icon Rapid molecular test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located after security in the center of Concourse B
    • 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. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Results are provided in approximately 15-30 minutes
    • $200 per test
  • United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a testing option, available daily to travelers originating from New York/Newark and traveling to Hawaii. This test is pre-approved by the state of Hawaii and available to those eight years of age and older. Please note that Hawaii requires tests for all customers five years of age and older.

    Book an appointment

    Clock Icon Rapid molecular test

    • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located before security in Terminal C, Level 1, or Terminal B, Level 3, near Door 1
    • 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. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Results are provided in approximately 15-30 minutes
    • $200 per test (a 10% discount will be applied for customers that get tested prior to the day of travel)
  • United has teamed up with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care and Color on two testing options, available to travelers originating from San Francisco and traveling to Hawaii. These tests are pre-approved by the state of Hawaii and available to those over five years old. You can choose between two testing options:

    Boarding Pass Icon Day-of-travel rapid testing with Dignity Health-Go Health Urgent Care

    • Administered by Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care at a testing facility located at the international terminal, Courtyard A
    • 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. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Results are provided in approximately 15-30 minutes
    • $250 per test

    Drive-through testing 72 hours before travel with Color

    • Administered by Color at a testing facility located at the United technical operations facility parking lot
    • 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. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Most results are provided within 48 hours
    • $105 per test

Plane Icon Travel to Latin America and the Caribbean with ADL Health

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.

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to select destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean 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 the following destinations:

    • Aruba (AUA)
    • Belize City, Belize (BZE)
    • Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)
    • Lima, Peru (LIM)
    • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
    • Panama City, Panama (PTY)

    For the following destinations, travelers must originate from or connect through Houston Intercontinental to use this testing option:

    • Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
    • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)
    • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)
    • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

    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; 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 printing is always a good backup.
    • $119 per test

Plane Icon Travel to Canada 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 Canada’s testing requirement for entry. Visit our Important Notices page or the Canadian government’s website 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.

    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; 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 a copy as backup. 
    • $119 per test (includes shipping)
  • United has teamed up with Color on a testing option, available to travelers originating from San Francisco and traveling to Canada. These tests are pre-approved by Canada and available to those over five years old.

    Drive-through testing 72 hours before travel

    • Administered by Color at a testing facility located at the United technical operations facility parking lot
    • 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. No walk-in appointments will be available.
    • Most results are provided within 48 hours
    • $105 per test

Plane Icon Travel to the UK with ADL Health

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy the United Kingdom’s testing requirement for entry. Visit our Important Notices page or the UK government’s website for the most up-to-date information about the UK’s entry requirements.

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to the UK 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 the UK.

    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; 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 a copy as backup.
    • $119 per test (includes shipping)

Plane Icon Travel to Ireland with TrustAssure

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

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to Ireland can arrange an appointment for a COVID-19 test through United and TrustAssure. TrustAssure’s healthcare provider network ensures that customers are given options for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests that satisfy entry requirements for Ireland, including the required testing timeframe.

    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and schedule an appointment
    • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
    • Pricing may vary by testing provider

Plane Icon Travel to Germany with TrustAssure

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy Germany's testing requirement for entry. Visit our Important Notices page for the most up-to-date information about Germany's entry requirements.

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to Germany can arrange an appointment for a COVID-19 test through United and TrustAssure. TrustAssure’s healthcare provider network ensures that customers are given options for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests that satisfy entry requirements for Germany, including the required testing timeframe.

    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and schedule an appointment
    • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
    • Pricing may vary by testing provider

Plane Icon Travel to India with TrustAssure

If you’re traveling from the U.S., we offer approved testing options that will allow you to satisfy India's testing requirement for entry. Visit the Travel-Ready Center or Important Notices page for the most up-to-date information about India's entry requirements.

  • Travelers originating from the U.S. and going to India can arrange an appointment for a COVID-19 test through United and TrustAssure. TrustAssure’s healthcare provider network ensures that customers are given options for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests that satisfy entry requirements for India, including the required testing timeframe.

    • If you've already booked a trip, visit the Travel-Ready Center to find more information about the test and schedule an appointment
    • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
    • Pricing may vary by testing provider

Frequently asked questions

General questions

  • Check our Important Notices page 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 test positive for COVID-19, you won’t be able to fly at that time and should contact your local healthcare provider. Following CDC guidelines, you will not be able to travel on United for at least 10 days after the date you tested positive and only after all symptoms have improved and you have had no fever in the previous 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medications. Once that is the case, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel.

  • 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 Important Notices page and your destination’s official government website for more information.

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

    • Lab or office where the test was administered
    • Name of the traveler
    • Date (sample collected, results issued, etc.)
    • Type of test
    • Negative result of COVID-19 test or COVID-19 not detected

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 you, shipping back to ADL, and the lab processing your test. Customers must also mail their tests 72-48 hours prior to departure to ensure results are returned to them in time for their flight. For further questions around ADL’s processing time, call 800-834-3522.

  • We recommend making your appointment shortly after you receive your information via email as spots do fill quickly, especially for the day-of-travel test. Destinations also accepts test results from certain other providers.

  • Airport testing options are currently only available at the airports listed above for travel to select destinations. However, we’re hoping to expand to other airports and destinations soon. 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.