Some destination have imposed temporary entry requirements, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travel. Find out more information about your destination’s requirements, including if a test is needed and what type of test will be required using interactive Delta Discover Map page.
While the most universally accepted COVID-19 test is a molecular PCR test, some destinations accept other forms of NAAT tests and antigen tests as well. Most destinations do not accept antibody tests for entry. The FDA provides a good overview about the basics of COVID-19 test types here, opens in a new window.
You’ll want to determine whether you will need a PCR test, NAAT test or an antigen test for each part of your journey. You can find which test you will need on our Delta Discover Map.
Most testing requirements have specific time frames you must comply with in order for your test results to be considered valid for your trip. You will want to consider the date and time of your trip in order to calculate when you should take your test to meet the requirements. If your travel involves changing time zones, remember to take that into account when selecting your test time.
Be sure to also consider timing and requirements for connecting or return flights. In some cases, you may be able to order a test to take with you to make testing for your return flight easier.
In-home tests (including an antigen test, opens in a new window option from our partner) can be completed in the comfort of your own home and typically require you to order a test online to be shipped directly to your home. In-home tests can be virtually proctored over video and in some cases may be sent back to the lab for processing.
For in-person tests, you can schedule an appointment online and visit a testing location to have your testing conducted by a medical professional or proctor.
Please note that some destinations do not accept in-home tests or may not allow you to bring an in-home test into the destination for U.S. reentry purposes. Please confirm government guidelines before selecting this option. COVID-19 tests taken abroad to meet the U.S. entry requirements must satisfy certain criteria from the CDC.
Negative Test Results
Bring your negative COVID-19 test results with you to the airport and provide them when you check in for your flight. Delta agents will be looking for the negative COVID-19 test result accepted by your destination’s government and that your test was taken within the appropriate timeframe. Please visit the U.S. Entry Requirements page to learn about the CDC test requirements, opens in a new window. You may also need to present these documents upon arrival at your destination.
Positive or No Test Results
If your results are positive, contact your physician and follow CDC protocols. Please do not come to the airport if you are sick.
Customers who have had a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 90 days can travel to the U.S. if they present the positive test result (taken within 90 days before travel, but at least 10 days since the positive test date) and a letter from a licensed health provider or public health official stating the customer has been cleared for travel.
If you got tested but do not have results from your test yet, please do not come to the airport as you will not be permitted to board your flight. It‘s easy to cancel, make changes or rebook online prior to departure with no change fees for most circumstances. Visit My Trips to make changes to your flight(s). If you’re uncertain of future travel plans, we recommend canceling and rebooking once your new travel plans are confirmed. The value of your ticket will become an eCredit for future use.
*The information published here and in other Delta locations related to COVID travel restrictions and tests is intended to help our customers in the planning and preparation for their travel plans. Information included here on COVID testing is supplemental to any information provided by test providers or governmental authorities regarding testing. Information may not be copied, republished, or used for any purpose other than individual travel planning. Given the rapidly evolving nature of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and government restrictions, Delta cannot guarantee accuracy of and accepts no liability for test provider offerings or any errors or omissions related to test products or test requirements, including accuracy of translations, outdated information or testing location address and hours, appointment availability, test type offered, or timing for receiving test results. COVID Testing prior to travel may not be available at all locations. Links to third party sources and websites are offered as a courtesy.