Returning to US: Required Covid Test

The CDC requires those traveling internationally to get a viral test no more than 3 days before traveling by air into the United States (US) and to show a negative result to the airline before boarding a flight.

Verified Antigen Test Kit for Covid Detection.

Before leaving the US, we purchased verified antigen test kits from American Airlines. We purchased and split a 6-pack for $160. Each of us carried two kits so we would each have a back up.

Now it’s about 48 hours before our flight and we’re back at the hotel so it’s a good time to take care of this.

NAVICA facilitates the documentation of test results.

We already have the NAVICA app on our cell phones. We downloaded it before we left the US. We opened the NAVICA app. The NAVICA app started the process by having us scan the QR code on the packaging … the one located under the “Do Not Open” sleeve. is the site that connects you with a technician who will oversee the test and record the results. The whole process takes about 25 minutes.

The next thing is to go to the site. This is where we connect with the technician who is going to monitor the test. The site has an option to “Start Testing”. Then it asks simple questions like ‘what state are you from?’ Then it asks you to connect to the NAVICA site.

The covid test can easily be done from the comfort of your hotel room.

The app will tell you how many minutes it will take for the technician to connect with you. The technician will guide you through the process and tell you exactly what to do.

The eMed technician walks you through the test.
It’s a very simple test and easy to do.

Then the tech walks you through the process of setting up the test. In the presence of the tech, you swab your nose and insert the swab into the test slot.

This is what the test specimen looks like. It’s similar to a pregnancy test.

Next, there is a 15 minute wait while the test specimen is developed. You don’t have to sit there, you can move around but the test specimen has to stay in the presence of the technician. After the 15 minutes, the technician tells you the results and will email a QR code with the results.

The e-med technician will email a QR code with your test results.
The QR code needs to be added to your American Airlines VeriFLY digital flight portfolio.

The next step is to open the American Airlines VeriFLY app. Log in and indicate that you are taking a trip to the US. It will tell you everything that is required including the QR code with covid test results. Scan the QR code or send it from your NAVICA app.

After you have completed all the requirements for American Airlines VeriFLY, they will label your digital flight portfolio as a “Confident Traveler”.

When you go to the airport, all you have to do is show them your “Confident Traveler” document on your cell phone and you’re on your way.

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Jane is a resident of Browndale neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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