Coming Soon to an Airport Near You: Rapid PCR Tests

By May 1, travelers will be able to get rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Covid-19 tests at more than a dozen U.S. airports.

The onset of rapid PCR tests, a molecular test that is more accurate than the long-standing rapid antigen tests, has the potential to ease the way for travel to Hawaii and a variety of foreign countries that do not accept antigen test results.

Results from traditional PCR tests take 24 to 72 hours to come in.

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