As the world continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, many airports and airlines have implemented testing requirements for travelers. If you are planning to fly from San Jose International Airport (SJC), it is important to know what kind of COVID-19 testing is required and how to get it done before your trip. Our ultimate guide for travelers will help you navigate the testing process and ensure a safe, smooth departure and arrival at your destination country.
Before you schedule your COVID-19 test with My Care Labs for travel through San Jose International Airport, it is important to understand the diverse types of tests available. The most common types of COVID-19 tests are PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, antigen tests, and antibody tests. PCR tests are considered the most accurate and are most often required for international travel. Antigen tests are faster and less expensive but may not be accepted by all airlines or destinations. Antibody tests detect past infections but are not typically required for travel. Be sure to check with your airline and destination for specific testing requirements. (See links at bottom of page.)
It is important to check the testing requirements for your specific destination before scheduling your COVID-19 test for travel from My Care Labs. Different countries and airlines have different requirements for the type of test, timing, and documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result. Some destinations may also require quarantine upon arrival, regardless of a negative test result or vaccination status. Make sure to check PCR Travel Testing Requirements by Country and plan accordingly to avoid any travel disruptions or delays.
To ensure that you have the necessary documentation and results in time for your travel, it is important to schedule your COVID-19 test in advance. My Care Labs require appointments and may have limited availability, so do not wait until the last minute to schedule your test. Some airlines and destinations may also require a specific time limit for the test, such as within 72 or 48 hours of departure, so make sure to plan accordingly. Scheduling your test in advance can help ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience.
Before you schedule your COVID-19 test for travel from San Jose International Airport, it is important to know what to expect during the testing process. Most COVID-19 tests involve a nasal swab, which can be uncomfortable but is relatively fast and painless. Some testing sites may also offer saliva or throat swab tests. Make sure to follow any instructions provided by the testing site, such as avoiding eating or drinking for a certain amount of time before the test. Results typically take a few days to process, so make sure to plan accordingly and allow enough time to receive your results before your travel date.
Once you receive your COVID-19 test results, make sure to keep them handy and easily accessible. You may need to show proof of a negative test result before boarding your flight or entering certain destinations. Consider printing out a physical copy of your results or saving them on your phone for easy access. It is also smart to bring any necessary documentation, such as your passport or travel itinerary, with you to the testing site to ensure a smooth process. We can optionally add your passport ID number to your PCR test results report so make sure to add that information if your destination country requires it, or if this will make your arrival more seamless.
Our Riverside pop-up and mobile testing on-demand services both provide you with COVID-19 travel clearance to/from John Wayne, LAX, Ontario, and San Bernardino Airports. Book your testing appointment within the 72-hr departure window to ensure 24-hour turnaround.
If you’re traveling from San Francisco or Silicon Valley to countries requiring a negative PCR test for entry and live near our East Bay test sites, we have you covered with a $0 out-of-pocket Travel PCR Testing (with any insurance) and same-day or 24-hour results.
If you’re traveling from the Oakland metro area to any international destinations and live near our East Bay test sites, we have you covered with a $0 out-of-pocket Travel PCR Test (with any insurance) and same-day or 24-hour results.
If you’re traveling from Silicon Valley to any countries requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test and live near our East Bay test sites, we have you covered with a $0 out-of-pocket Travel PCR Test (with any insurance) and same-day or 24-hour results.
My Care Labs takes your health seriously. We are a CLIA-certified laboratory, part of the California Covid Task Force, partner with CDPH, and report directly to CDC.