As airways proceed their push for more preflight testing, the U.S. Virgin Islands is hopeful that its entry into American Airways’ testing program this week will strengthen efforts to reduce the unfold of Covid-19 within the territory, based on Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
The partnership American and testing service LetsGetChecked makes use of an at-home Covid-19 nasal swab take a look at with commentary by a medical skilled by way of a digital go to.
Flyers can order the testing equipment on-line, which prices $129. Check outcomes from this program are obtained on common 48 hours upon receipt within the lab, American says.
Entry laws for the USVI require proof of a detrimental take a look at executed inside 5 days of departure.
American has also partnered with Grenada and St. Lucia, which require proof of a detrimental take a look at inside seven days of the flight, and Jamaica, which requires proof of a detrimental take a look at inside 10 days.
“For the reason that starting of our response to the pandemic greater than 9 months in the past, we’ve got labored to make sure we do all the things to guard our residents and guests,” Bryan stated.
“American Airways has been one in all our major partners, and we’re grateful that passengers throughout the U.S. mainland have one other choice to get examined earlier than touring right here,” he stated.
The at-home testing program might be out there efficient Dec. 9 for passengers from the U.S.
“The at-home answer provides one other layer of safety, comfort and confidence for these touring to the USVI,” stated Joseph Boschulte, the islands’ commissioner of tourism.