OAKLAND (KRON) – Travelers will now be able to buy COVID-19 tests out of a contactless vending machine if they make their way through the Oakland International Airport.
The vending machines are located in both terminals with tests costing between $130 and $150.
“Hopefully, this will be used by a lot of people,” airport spokesperson Roberto Bernardo said.
Travelers return a saliva sample via the mail and receive the results on their phone.
“As one of the first airports to offer on-site rapid COVID testing, we are now providing even more testing options for travelers,” said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland Aviation Director. “We still urge travelers to make sure they are current on any quarantines and regulations at their destinations.”
“Obviously, we don’t recommend people taking the test right before they hop on board a flight. But when they come home, there’s a lot of people who are thinking of quarantining — they’re not sure that, you know, maybe they, you know, got the virus during their travels, so that when they arrive at Oakland International Airport, when they land — they have this option to go to the vending machine and use it,” Bernardo said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says if you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than three days before flying into the U.S. and provide proof of a negative result or recovery from an infection.
The tests are not a replacement for those traveling to Hawaii, which has set up its own pre-travel testing program and must be followed to board a flight to the island.
Travelers arriving there without a confirmed negative test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Requirements for that program can be found here.