‘Rebuild confidence and travel’: COVID-19 test available to travelers at Newark airport
People can start getting a COVID-19 test Monday if they are traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport.
According to airport officials, travelers can get the test on the spot at an XpresCheck testing facility in the United Airlines Terminal C baggage claim area.
“This is the best way for us to open up our borders again in the safest manner,” says Mike Erbeck, vice president of Newark Liberty International Airport for United Airlines.
People have the option of a rapid or PCR test while they are at the airport.
“I think to continue to build and rebuild confidence and travel,” says Scott Milford, XpresSpa chief operating officer. “The way for folks to be able to do that is to feel confident in whether in whether or not they are in fact infected or carrying the virus.”
There are four separate testing rooms, with an anticipated capacity to administer over 300 tests per day.
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“We opened our first location in June of last year at JFK, that’s our original location,” says Milford. “All of our other facilities are doing quite well. We are both pre-security and post security.”
People who test positive will not be permitted to board.
The cost for the rapid testing is $200, but customers can submit the cost to their insurance company.