COVID Testing for Travel
PRE-TRAVEL COVID TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT MSU!
PRE-TRAVEL COVID TESTING
***PRE-TRAVEL COVID TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT MSU!***
Before you consider pre-travel testing, you must know type of test required for your travel (PCR vs Antigen) & the testing timeframe required for your travel.*
- This varies by destination and by mode of travel.
- Free at-home Antigen tests are NOT acceptable
- Observed and expensive at-home tests with result generated by a testing company may or may not be OK – you will need to check the requirements of your situation.
- If, in the last 90 days, you have a documented COVID infection with positive lab documentation, your PCR may remain positive! You may need "Documentation of Recovery" (outbound or incoming to US).
- Remember to check testing requirements to return to the US, which changes regularly
- For up-to-date information on return to US requirements:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
Local Pre-Travel COVID Testing Sites in the Greater Bozeman Area
- This information is subject to change - and may change by the day!
- This listing does not constitute an endorsement of any of the entities listed
- It's important for you (the traveler) to call the site of choice first to determine:
- if the required type of test is offered (Antigen or PCR)
- if an appointment is required
- cost & form of payment accepted (pretravel tests are often not covered by insurance)
- typical wait period to receive results
- BOZEMAN HEALTH - 406-414-2619 There are locations in Bozeman, Belgrade and Big Sky
- Some sites offer testing 7 days a week but traveler needs to call first to determine options!
- EAST MAIN MEDICAL CLINIC - 406-587-3788 Near East Main and Highland in Bozeman
- BESTMED (formerly NOVA) URGENT CARE - 406-312-8360 Near Rosauers in Bozeman
- OSCO ALBERTSON PHARMACY - 406-587-8800 On S.23rd near Main
- This is a NAAT Test acceptable for travel per the pharmacy
SELF-TESTS WITH REMOTE SUPERVISION VIA TELEHEALTH
For some needs, you may also consider obtaining a test which is connected to a remote observation service which can then provide you with needed documentation for outbound travel and for the return-to-US COVID testing requirement currently in place. These are sometimes called "Self-Tests With Remote Supervision". They may provide a significantly less expensive alternative to in-person lab or clinic testing if appropriate.
The currently suspended CDC Rule for using these to return to the US (found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html in the drop-down menu under "Test and Documentation Requirements") includes: "The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription." The CDC also cautions: "Some countries may restrict importation of tests that are not authorized or registered there. If you are considering bringing a U.S.-authorized test with you for use outside of the United States, contact authorities at your destination for information before you travel."
Some examples of these tests include the following; there are many others as well.
NONE OF THE ABOVE LISTINGS CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT IN ANY REGARD OF ANY OF THE FACILITIES OR PRODUCTS LISTED
Please contact MSU’s Travel Medicine Specialist, Catherine Ebelke PA, CTH with any questions:
406-994-7287 or [email protected]