COVID-19 Testing for Travel
The Utah Department of Health has partnered with NOMI Health (TestUtah) to offer two dedicated locations for COVID-19 travel testing:
- Salt Lake City - Cannon Health building (288 North 1460 West)
- St. George - Dixie Technical College (610 S. Tech Ridge Drive).
These testing locations have a lane dedicated to travelers who need a COVID-19 test prior to traveling. Appointments are REQUIRED. You must arrive at least one hour prior to a site’s publicized closing times in order to be tested. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter the line after this time. The sites will also continue to provide COVID-19 testing for all other needs. Travelers may also get tested at other existing COVID-19 testing locations or at private testing companies. Travelers are responsible for making sure testing meets the requirements of their travel destination.
The following types of COVID-19 tests are available at the COVID-19 travel testing sites in Salt Lake City and St. George:
Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 rapid molecular test (this is a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test or NAAT):
Resident cost: Free
Non Resident cost: $179.00 (credit card only)
Results available within: 15 min- 1 hour
Rapid antigen test:
Residents and non residents: Free
Results available within: 15 min- 1 hour
RT-PCR test (swab, saliva):
Resident cost: Free
Non Resident cost : Free
Results available: 24-48 hours
Appointments are REQUIRED. Register at testutah.com (select the Utah Department of Health HQ – Cannon Building or St. George location) to ensure a smooth process when you arrive at the testing location.
You are required to bring proof of travel, such as a boarding pass or itinerary, with you to the testing location.
Travelers are responsible for following any travel requirements of their destination. Please visit the state, country, airline, or travel destination website of the area you are traveling to for more information and to see what testing locations and types of tests meet their requirements. For information on travel requirements by destination, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Some travel destinations may also require testing to be done at specific testing locations or include QR codes linked to results and CLIA information. At this time, these two travel testing sites do not include QR codes or CLIA information. You are also responsible for making sure your travel destination will accept the type of COVID-19 test you get. Travel destinations which require proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival may offer testing to travelers or the option for a mandatory quarantine for those who do not wish to be or who are unable to be tested upon arrival.
Are these the only locations you can get tested for COVID-19 before travel?
No. There are many COVID-19 testing locations in Utah. You can find COVID-19 testing locations at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations. Check with the testing location to see if they offer testing for travel. Keep in mind that COVID-19 testing for travel may not be covered by insurance. Make sure to call your insurance provider to find out if you will be responsible to pay for the test.
If you need a letter stating you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed your isolation, email the Utah Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel during COVID-19
Travel increases your risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC recommends you wait to travel, both internationally and within the United States, until you are fully vaccinated. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from any variant of COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated means it has been at least 2 weeks since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
- 2-dose vaccines (Pfzier and Moderna): It has been at least 2 weeks since your 2nd dose.
- 1-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson): It has been at least 2 weeks since you got the shot.
Everyone 18 or older should also get a booster dose. Learn more.
For up-to-date travel recommendations, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
You can find the CDC’s recommendations for what to do after you return from international travel at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/aftertravel-precautions.html.
Travel Restrictions in Utah
There are no travel or quarantine restrictions in the state of Utah.
- Visitors to Utah or those returning home to Utah after traveling are not required to quarantine upon arrival.
- You may be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling on airlines or to some destinations.
- There may be restrictions entering the U.S. if you travel to areas with widespread COVID-19 infection. Know the restrictions in the area you are planning to travel to.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance in case your travel plans need to be cancelled due to sickness.
Utah does not have a statewide mask mandate.
- Some businesses may still have mask requirements to protect employees and customers who haven’t had a chance to get vaccinated yet. Please respect any mask requirements posted by businesses, and wear a mask.
- National parks and monuments have indoor mask requirements.
Visit https://www.visitutah.com/plan-your-trip/covid-19 for more information on traveling to Utah during the pandemic.
Traveling if you are not fully vaccinated
The CDC recommends you avoid travelling as much as possible if you are not fully vaccinated. If you do travel, take precautions to protect yourself and others: wear a mask, physical distance, wash your hands often, and try to avoid touching things other people touch. Bring hand sanitizer and disposable wipes with you in case you do not have soap and water to wash your hands.
- When you travel, you may want to use a disposable tissue or napkin to touch things like handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, etc.
- Try to use vendors and accommodations (hotels, restaurants, etc.) that take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their business.
- If you get sick when you are traveling and need medical advice, you should call a doctor right away. If you get sick when you are outside of the United States, call a doctor or overseas medical assistance company to help you find the right healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help find healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, or resources to evacuate people from the country, or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
International Travel During the Pandemic
Proof of vaccination to enter the United States:
Starting on November 8, 2021, non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. Vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cdcresponse/laws-regulations.html.
Proof of negative COVID-19 test results to enter the United States:
Air passengers, 2 years or older, traveling to the United States from another country must present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding their flights. Regardless of vaccination status, passengers ages 2 or older are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a sample taken no more than 1 day before travel. Alternatively, passengers may present documentation showing that they tested positive for COVID-19 on a sample taken within the past 90 days and have been cleared to travel (documentation of recovery). Learn more
All air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide basic contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States. This will allow airlines to better coordinate with public health agencies to share information when needed to keep the public safe and informed, and strengthen their ability to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19.
Learn more about these requirements at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.
The CDC also provides a list of travel recommendations based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a country at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html. There may be some restrictions on who can enter the United States at this time.
After returning from international travel:
It is important to take precautions after you return from another country, where many people may not yet be vaccinated and where there may be very high rates of COVID-19 or variants of the virus.
- Get tested 3-5 days after returning from your trip. You can find a list of testing locations at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.
- Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after you return from your trip. You can find a list of common symptoms of COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
- Isolate and get tested right away if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you’re not fully vaccinated, you should also quarantine at home for 7 days after you return. This means to stay home and away from other people as much as possible. Quarantine keeps you away from others so you don’t infect someone else without knowing it. You can learn more about quarantine at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/protect-yourself.
Travel Within the United States During the Pandemic
The CDC has a tool to help travelers get information about COVID-19 restrictions at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html. This tool lets you enter a city, zip code, address, or national park name to learn more about travel restrictions and resources in your destination.