COVID-19 RT-PCR tests for International Travelers
Traveling during the pandemic can be very stressful. Since May 2020, ResourcePath has provided COVID-19 RT-PCR tests for travelers to more than 96 countries. We provide full, detailed reports containing all the necessary elements required for departure. Reports can be emailed and/or can be printed at our location and picked up on the way to the airport. We are located one mile from Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.
We are now accepting appointments 7 days per week.
We also have an FDA-approved rapid RT-PCR test with results in about an hour. If you are in a hurry to meet a deadline, or have a lay-over resulting in expiration of your current RT-PCR test report, call us and we will help you catch that next flight.
Interactive World Map of ResourcePath Travelers
The State Department website lists COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers, searchable by destination country. Please check with your embassy for the latest information.
Important information for international travelers
RT-PCR tests detect active infection at the exact time you take the test. To minimize the chance of travelers becoming contagious in the days following testing, airlines and destination countries set guidelines as to how close to your departure date you must take your test. ResourcePath offers RT-PCR tests for same day, 24 hour and 48 hour turnaround time.
Formal laboratory reports are typically required for international travel. Reports from ResourcePath will include:
- Full name as listed on passport
- Date of birth
- Date and time of test
- Test result (i.e. NEGATIVE)
- Date and time of result report
- Electronic Physician signature (ink signed upon request)
- Type of test and methods used
- Verification of laboratory licensure (CLIA license)
- Verification of laboratory accreditation (CAP number)
ResourcePath can help you with additional documentation that your airline or destination country may require. These may include things like:
- Copy of CLIA certificate
- Physician verification letter (Hong Kong and others)
- Country-specific forms (Japan)
If you need any additional documents for your travel, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step By Step Instructions for Travel Testing at ResourcePath
We offer appointments Monday-Saturday morning at our Sterling location for drive up testing. Our address is 45945 Trefoil Ln. Ste 175, Sterling, VA, 20166.
To make an appointment for a test during regular business hours click HERE.
If you need same day service after regular business hours or on Sunday, please call us at 571-375-0755 to check for availability.
When you book your appointment you will be asked for an email address. Please make sure to double check that the email is entered correctly. We will use this email to send you an intake form in which you will enter important information necessary to generate a formal report.
If you are traveling with more than one person, please book an appointment for each traveler. This helps us generate a unique intake form for each person.
Your credit card will not be charged until the day of the test and you can cancel anytime before you perform the test.
Immediately after booking the appointment, you will receive an email from the ResourcePath Team (email@example.com) containing a green “open now” button and a password. When you receive the email, click the button, then copy and paste the password to open your intake form.
If you don’t see the email right away, please check your junk email or type “ResourcePath Team” in the search bar. If after checking spam and performing a search you still do not see the intake form immediately after booking, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will double check that the email you entered during the booking process is correct.
Please complete the intake forms as completely as possible to avoid any delay in the reporting of results. Please enter your full name as you wish to see it on your report. This should match your government issued ID.
If you do not have a local address or phone number, please use the address and phone number of your hotel or your host family.
If you would like us to put your passport number on the report, please enter it in the appropriate place.
We recommend checking the box that gives us permission to email the report to you unencrypted so that there is no difficulty with receiving or opening the email.
After you complete and submit the intake form you will receive an email confirming your appointment date and time.
ResourcePath 45945 Trefoil Ln. Ste 175, Sterling, VA 20166
Pull around to Unit 175 which is on the East side of the complex. Please remain in your car and wear a mask. If you need a mask we can provide you with one. A member of our team will be outside in front of our office and will hand you an envelope with your test kit and a typed requisition form. Please review your requisition form for accuracy and make any corrections necessary.
Follow the instructions provided for collecting your nasal swab sample. Watch our Medical Director demonstrate how to do the test in this video. If you need additional assistance, please let our staff know and we will help you. Please check the label on your sample tube for your correct name and date of birth. Place the sample in the biohazard bag and place the bag inside the envelope along with your requisition form.
Once completed, please hand the envelope with your sample to one of our staff, or alternatively you can put the sample in the large black dropbox outside of our office door.
Within the specified turnaround time you will receive an email with your formal report. Please review the information on the report carefully and let us know as soon as possible if there are any errors to correct. If you receive the report after hours and need a correction, please call us at 571-375-0755 or email us at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover the costs of testing for travel?
Some insurance companies will cover non-medical COVID19 testing and others will not. Because we are out of network, we request upfront payment from travelers. If your company will cover travel testing, we are happy to provide you with a receipt so that you may submit a claim for reimbursement.
What if my test comes back positive or inconclusive?
With the prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the community, an occasional traveler will test positive, or “inconclusive” for virus. When this happens, we will call you immediately to relay our findings and obtain more information about your situation. Based on your history we may recommend repeat testing to ensure you are not contagious, or antibody testing to confirm a past COVID-19 infection.
If you have previously had COVID-19 infection, please note that our RT-PCR tests are very sensitive and can intermittently detect virus for weeks/months even after the active infection period (10-14 days) has passed. Since a negative result is required for travel, you may need to perform one or more repeat tests on subsequent days to achieve a negative result.
Do I need a doctor's order?
If you would like to be tested but do not have a physician, or you do not meet illness requirements for your physician, the Commonwealth of Virginia allows patients to order their own laboratory tests for Coronavirus. We can also test individuals younger than 18 with parental permission.