COVID-19 testing for United travelers

Beginning January 26, the U.S. will require 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.

Travel to the U.S.
Houston Intercontinental to Latin America & the Caribbean
Travel to Hawaii
Travel to Canada
Travel to the UK
Travel to Ireland
Travel to Germany

As people around the world resume traveling, we’re piloting programs on select routes to help make COVID-19 testing more accessible and learn more about the benefits of pre-departure testing.

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.

From abroad to the U.S.
Return flights back to the U.S.

From abroad to the U.S.

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.

  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the program via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
  • Pricing may vary by testing provider

Return flights back to the U.S.

Travelers originating in the U.S. and taking an international roundtrip flight can order an at-home, virtually guided COVID-19 antigen test to take with them for their return flight back to the U.S. This option is specifically for your return flight to the U.S.

  • These kits must be ordered and delivered to a U.S. residence
  • Before leaving the U.S., please be sure you have the test kits and download the Abbott NAVICA app
  • Visit the eMed website to order and for additional information or technology requirements for your virtually guided test

Frequently asked questions

  • Where can I check the full travel requirements for my trip?

    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.

  • What should I do if I receive a positive test result?

    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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel.

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

Houston Intercontinental to Latin America and the Caribbean

Beginning with flights on December 7, travelers originating from Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to select destinations in Central and South 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)
  • Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)
  • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

Mail-in testing 72 hours before travel:

  • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to purchase via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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

Frequently asked questions

  • We have several resources for you to check country-specific travel requirements, including our Important Notices page and our database of international document and entry requirements. If you’ve already booked your flight, visit our Travel-Ready Center for helpful information specific to you and your upcoming trip.

    The process for each country may vary and requirements change often, so we recommend checking these resources now as well as immediately before your trip.

  • 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.

  • 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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees.

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

Travel to Hawaii

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. Every customer five years of age and older must present a negative test result in order to bypass Hawaii’s quarantine requirement. It is 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 the state of Hawaii.

Hawaii requires all customers entering the state to upload their testing results into the Safe Travels website for validation. Once you have scheduled and completed your approved test, you will need to create an account and upload your results prior to your trip. You must have your negative test result uploaded to the Safe Travels website for your departure. If you do not have your negative test result uploaded in time for your departure, you will have to quarantine in Hawaii for 10 days or the duration of your trip, even if you obtain a negative result after landing. To get started, visit https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/

Denver to Hawaii
New York/Newark to Hawaii
San Francisco to Hawaii
Mail-in testing for travel to Hawaii

Denver to Hawaii

United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a testing option, available Monday through Friday beginning December 21 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.

Rapid molecular test

  • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located in the center of Concourse B
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to sign up via email at least one week prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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

New York/Newark to Hawaii

United has teamed up with XpresCheck on a testing option, available Monday through Friday between December 21 and January 4 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.

Rapid molecular test

  • Administered by XpresCheck at a testing facility located at Terminal B, before security on Level 3 near Door 1
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to sign up via email at least one week prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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)

San Francisco to Hawaii

United has teamed up with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care and Color on two testing options, now 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.

Types of COVID-19 tests

You can choose between two testing options:

Day-of-travel rapid testing

  • Administered by Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care at a testing facility located at the international terminal, Courtyard A
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to sign up via email one week prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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

  • Administered by Color at a testing facility located at the United technical operations facility parking lot
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to sign up via email one week prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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

Mail-in testing for travel to Hawaii

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-in testing 72 hours before travel:

  • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to purchase via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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)

Frequently asked questions

  • 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. Hawaii also accepts test results from certain other providers.

  • These airport testing options are currently only available at Denver (DEN), New York/Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO). However, we’re hoping to expand this program to other airports soon. We also offer a mail-in testing option for travelers originating from the U.S. and going to Hawaii.

  • Check Hawaii’s official FAQs as well as our Important Notices page to learn more about what you need for your trip to Hawaii. 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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel.

  • 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.

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

Travel to Canada

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.

Mail-in testing for travel to Canada
San Francisco to Canada

Mail-in testing for travel to Canada

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-in testing 72 hours before travel:

  • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health 
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to purchase via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United. 
  • 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)

San Francisco to Canada

United has teamed up with Color on a testing option, now 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
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to sign up via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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

Frequently asked questions

  • 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. Canada also accepts test results from other providers.

  • This airport testing options is currently only available at San Francisco (SFO). We also offer a mail-in testing option for travelers originating from the U.S. and going to Canada.

  • 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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel. 

  • 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.

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

Travel to the UK

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.

Mail-in testing for travel to the UK

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-in testing 72 hours before travel:

  • Mail-in nasal swab administered by ADL Health
  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to purchase via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • 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)

Frequently asked 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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel.

  • 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.

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

Travel to Ireland

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.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider

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.

  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the program via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
  • Pricing may vary by testing provider

Frequently asked questions

  • Where can I check the full travel requirements for my trip?

    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.

  • What should I do if I receive a positive test result?

    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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel.

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

Travel to Germany

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.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider

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.

  • Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the program via email 14 days prior to their trip. Be sure that you have updated contact info on file with United.
  • Customers can also use this tool to start searching for testing providers
  • Pricing may vary by testing provider

Frequently asked questions

  • Where can I check the full travel requirements for my trip?

    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.

  • What should I do if I receive a positive test result?

    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 you have two successive negative COVID-19 results that were administered at least 24 hours apart. Once you’ve had two negative tests, we’ll re-book you with no change fees. Call 800-864-8331 to re-book your travel.

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