Tijuana airport to offer COVID-19 testing for travelers flying to the U.S.

Starting Monday those traveling to the U.S. from Tijuana or Mexicali will find temporary laboratories to take the COVID-19 test.

Photo by: Aeropuerto Internacional de Tijuana

In view of the U.S. government's requirement that all passengers entering its territory must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) informed that it will facilitate the installation of temporary laboratories in each of the twelve airports it operates in the country, so that users who do not have a valid test from the U.S. authorities can take the test and travel safely to the neighboring country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that goes into effect on Tuesday, January 26, all passengers must take a COVID-19 screening test within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to the United States and carry the results electronically or on paper to present to the airline prior to travel.

Individuals who have tested positive for a viral test within the previous 90 days and have met the isolation criteria may travel by presenting proof of a positive viral test and an official letter from a health care provider or public health official authorizing them to travel.

Although these passengers will not be required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test, they must provide documentation of recovery.

To provide quality service to users, it has been agreed to facilitate the installation of on-site laboratories.

So gradually, starting Monday, January 25, temporary COVID-19 testing modules will be installed at the airports of Guadalajara, Tijuana, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Guanajuato, Hermosillo, Mexicali, Morelia, La Paz, Aguascalientes, Los Mochis and Manzanillo.

The cost of the antigen test will be $450 pesos and the PCR test will be $1,450 pesos, both prices will be applicable only to passengers on international flights.

GAP recommends arriving with enough time to catch your flight and, if possible, to complete the documentation and requirements to fly, as well as to take the test in the city's laboratories. If passengers wish to take the test at the airport, they should add at least one hour to their travel itinerary in addition to the time recommended by the airline.

In addition, GAP suggests passengers consult with their airline regarding the requirements requested by the U.S. government and possible changes to their flight itinerary.

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