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Long Beach Airport to offer $20 COVID-19 testing for travelers


All people traveling through Long Beach Airport will be able to get a coronavirus test for $20 via drive-through, Airport officials and CityHealth Urgent Care announced Tuesday.

Why it matters:

Some destinations, like Hawaii, are requiring visitors to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival. CityHealth Urgent Care will be joining Worksite Labs, which has provided testing for Hawaiian Airlines passengers at LGB since January.

  • CityHealth says they will guarantee test results within 72 hours, with a $20 administration fee. LGB encourages Hawaii-bound travelers to get tested two to three days before departure.

  • The State of Hawaii currently exempts visitors and returning residents from quarantine if they obtain a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result from an approved testing partner no more than 72 hours before their scheduled departure time.

Sidenote:

President Biden has ruled out requiring negative COVID-19 tests for passengers on a domestic flight for now, per Bloomberg.


What they're saying:

  • Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said, "Whether mandatory or voluntary, COVID-19 testing is an important tool for healthy and safe air travel," and "We are happy to provide two providers that are affordable and accessible for our travelers."

  • Sean Parkin, CEO of CityHealth, said, "CityHealth is pleased to be working with Southwest Airlines and the team at Long Beach Airport to provide rapid and accessible testing to LGB travelers, employees, and Hawaii-bound passengers."


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