United Airlines is expanding its pre-testing program for a number of routes from Houston to the Caribbean, the airline announced this week.
Starting December 7th, travelers from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston can take part in a self-collected mail-in test that meets the entry requirements for Caribbean destinations such as Belize, Nassau and Roatan.
“Widespread testing is key to opening international borders and safely reopening global travel. This is especially important for our Houston customers who rely on United to keep in touch with their family and friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, ”said Toby Enqvist, United’s chief customer officer. “We will continue to be the leader in testing – United was the first to announce a COVID-19 testing program for customers and the first to offer free testing on flights across the Atlantic – and we will look for new, innovative ways to to do this the travel experience is even safer. “
The test, which costs $ 19, is run by the Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory and processed in the company’s testing laboratory in San Antonio.
United will contact customers two weeks prior to their trip for process instructions.
Travelers are advised to take the tests 72 hours prior to departure, with results typically being emailed within 24-48 hours.
It is the latest pre-test program for the Caribbean following high-profile launches from American Airlines and, more recently, JetBlue.
According to United, similar pre-test programs for other destinations like Hawaii have resulted in a significant increase in demand for flights.