I highly recommend not traveling until the vaccine rolls out and COVID-19 cases go significantly down but for those who have to travel and are being extremely careful, it’s good to know that LAX has a new COVID-19 testing lab that yields results in three hours. This information is also helpful for planning your future travels, whether LAX is your home airport or you’ll be passing through to go somewhere else.
It’s located across from Terminal 6 on the Lower/Arrivals level. Guests can access the facility by vehicle drop-off along the outer arrivals curb at Terminal 6, or by walking from any of the parking structures. For pedestrians coming from Terminals 1, 2 and 3, a shorter path to the testing site is possible along East Way, Theme Way and West Way. This is the only location at LAX that offers rapid results in 3-5 hours.
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The other two testing sites at LAX only conduct the PCR nasal swabs, which need to be brought to the lab for processing and take a lot longer (usually within 24 hours.) The locations are the Tom Bradley International Terminal (on the Upper/Departures level at the check-in counters located in Aisle C, along the north side of the terminal) and at the Terminal 2 (Lower/Arrivals Level baggage claim area).
Hours of operation: The test sites will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the lab location across from Terminal 6, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Terminal 2 and Tom Bradley locations.
Appointments: Appointments are strongly recommended and can be booked online here. Tests may be available on a walk-up basis, depending on demand.
Standard PCR test cost: $125
Guests will receive an itemized receipt to submit to their insurance providers for reimbursement, if the tests are covered by their healthcare provider.