Want peace of mind before you travel or visit loved ones?
Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to offer testing for those who need or want COVID-19 test results to ensure they do not spread the virus to friends, family or fellow travelers.
Our testing is offered at three convenient locations. For details on cost, location and answers to frequently asked questions, please see below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Testing
Yes. Some call this “travel testing,” and it is testing that can provide results so you can have peace of mind if you are traveling or seeing loved ones. This testing is for those without symptoms.
The Rapid Antigen test at our Urgent Care locations provides results in 15 minutes.
The PCR test at our Drive-Thru Testing Center yields results in approximately 24 hours.
This convenient testing is $100 and is a self-pay service.
Appointments are not needed for our Urgent Care locations. An appointment is required at our Drive-Thru Testing Center, 863.413.5907.
Many transportation lines and state or country governments require a PCR test, not the Rapid Antigen test. It is important to check with your particular transportation service or destination to be sure.
Keep a copy of your test results with you during your travels.
The CDC recommends travelers get tested 1 to 3 days before travel both inside and outside the U.S. The CDC also suggested being tested after travel and reducing non-essential activities for 7 days, if you test negative, and 10 days if you don’t get tested. According to the CDC, “Testing does not eliminate all risk but when combined with precautions like wearing masks, social distancing, and hand-washing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on public transportation, in airports, and at destinations.”
Before you travel, you may want to learn if COVID-19 cases are high or increasing in your community or destination.
Receiving a negative test result and then reducing or eliminating your risk of exposure after being tested is recommended if going to visit family or friends, particularly those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19.
Keep in mind that staying home remains the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Do NOT travel if you test positive. Immediately isolate yourself and follow public health recommendations, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers many good tips for those considering travel here