PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time since the pandemic began, testing is now available at Philadelphia International Airport.
The airport now offers two on-site coronavirus testing options: an antigen test that can get results in 25 minutes, and a PCR test that travelers can take if their antigen test comes in positive.
Chris Cummings, Ambulanz Rapid Reliable Pennsylvania manager, said the results of the PCR test come in 24 to 72 hours after going to a Jefferson lab. He said tests are not mandatory on all flights right now.
”Most of the flights that require them are international, however,” he added.
Some countries only accept PCR tests.
He pointed out that the PCR test is more reliable but it does take longer to get results. However, no test is 100% accurate, particularly if you pick up the virus en route and then take a test at the airport.
“There is an incubation period. So if you come into contact with somebody that has the coronavirus, it could take up to three to four days before it shows up in your system,” Cummings said.
The rapid antigen test costs about $70 and the PCR test costs $130.
Testing is available at Terminal E arrivals for anyone who wants to pay for one, and you don’t need to have a plane ticket in order to get a test.