WHAT ABOUT TESTING FOR TRAVEL?
  • Test results are expected within 2-3 calendar days, and can often meet the 72 hour travel testing deadline. This is a flexible timeline depending on the lab’s workload. Please carefully research the requirements of your destination state or country.
  • Those needing travel testing should consider calling around to providers and labs to ask about their offerings. Our website provides a list of testing providers in Snohomish County. Check with your insurance provider about coverage for travel testing.
  • Travel requirements vary by destination. All of the testing methods used by UW are nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and test reports include language indicating the testing method: either RT-PCR or NAAT is explicitly mentioned. Though "RT-PCR" is prominently displayed in most countries' requirements, most destinations require a NAAT method (rather than RT-PCR specifically). Questions about transcription mediated amplification, a NAAT technology in use in our lab and many other labs, may be addressed with this letter. It is the traveler's responsibility to determine the specific requirements of their destination. Our laboratory will not repeat testing with a separate testing method for non-medical reasons.
  • UW is a Hawaii Trusted Testing Partner so our results are accepted for entrance to Hawaii. Travelers must use our SecureLink results portal to access the results form that is accepted by Hawaii. More information can be found here: https://testguide.labmed.uw.edu/staff/guideline/hawaii_safe_travels.

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1. WHAT TYPE OF TEST IS PERFORMED AT SNOHOMISH HEALTH DISTRICT TESTING SITES
2. HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
3. IS THERE A COST FOR BEING TESTED AT THE DRIVE-THRU SITES?
4. WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE RESULTS?
5. I WAS TOLD MY TEST WAS POSITIVE/NEGATIVE, BUT HOW DO I GET DOCUMENTATION FOR MY EMPLOYER?
6. IS THIS THE ONLY TESTING OPTION?
7. ARE PEOPLE TESTED FOR OTHER ILLNESSES, TOO?
8. WHAT ABOUT TESTING FOR TRAVEL?