PRE-TRAVEL COVID TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT MSU!

PRE-TRAVEL COVID TESTING 

***PRE-TRAVEL COVID TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT MSU!​​​​​​*** 

(https://www.montana.edu/health/coronavirus/health-safety/testing/)

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

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

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 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. 

https://store.optum.com/shop/products/abbott-binaxNOW-COVID-19-ag-emed-at-home-test-kit-2-pack/

https://store.optum.com/shop/products/abbott-binaxNOW-COVID-19-ag-emed-at-home-test-kit-3-pack/

https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack

https://www.qured.us

https://ihealthlabs.com/products/ihealth-verified-covid-test-service

NONE OF THE ABOVE LISTINGS CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT IN ANY REGARD OF ANY OF THE FACILITIES OR PRODUCTS LISTED

 

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Please contact MSU’s Travel Medicine Specialist, Catherine Ebelke PA, CTH with any questions: 

406-994-7287 or [email protected]