Oakland Airport to offer free COVID testing for Hawaii-bound passengers

Oakland International Airport announced that it will begin offering free COVID tests for employees and passengers going to Hawaii. The testing begins October 6. The pre-test travel program to Hawaii begins October 15, 2020. Passengers who prove they have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure can forgo the 14-day quarantine.

For more information, visit the Port of Oakland.

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  1. Momo Chang Post author

    Hi Beth, this is the link to schedule an appointment for the rapid test at Oakland Airport: https://bayareacovid19testing.com/hawaii-covid19-testing/. It looks like most appointments are booked until Nov. 29. You can also get regular (not rapid) tests at CVS, Kaiser, Walgreens and many other places. This is the current list of approved test sites: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

  2. Beth

    I am trying to find out how to schedule for the rapid virus testing that is located in front of Oakland Airport terminal. I only see the link for scheduling the drive-thru testing. We will be getting tested the day before or the morning of our flight to Hawaii.

    Can you get the rapid molecular testing button the driver-thru location, for purposes of traveling to Hawaii?

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