Air travelers pay for convenience at FLL’s new coronavirus testing area


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Wednesday morning, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Aiport joined the growing list of airports around the country that have coronavirus testing areas.

Nomi Health, a startup based in Utah, is operating it at the lower level of FLL’s Terminal 3, which is the airport’s main terminal. It will open with a capacity for about 100 tests daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“I think it’s great! I think it’s super convenient,” said Catalina Gonzalez, who took the PCR test, which is required to travel to Colombia, where she will be traveling with her daughter and mother.

The site offers two diagnostic tests. The rapid antigen test is $74 and the result is available in about 15 to 30 minutes. The PCR test, which is more accurate than the rapid test, is $106, and the result is available in about 48 hours.

The service is only for air travelers who have plane tickets from FLL, or Miami and Palm Beach international airports. Online appointments and credit or debit card payments are required. Walk-in customers are welcome depending on availability.

Tampa International Airport was the first airport in Florida to open a testing area in October with BayCare Health System. The growing list of U.S. international airports with testing availability also includes John F. Kennedy, Newark, Boston Logan, Dallas Fort Worth, and San Francisco, according to AFAR travel experts.

For appointments at FLL, visit this page. For more information about the testing, visit the airport’s advisories page or the Broward County Aviation Department’s announcement.

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