At the time, the only requirement to fly to Iceland was a vaccination card or proof of recovery from COVID. As soon as I uploaded a copy of my CDC vaccination card onto the United app’s Travel-Ready center I was able to check-in and get a boarding pass for my flight.
But travel requirements change rapidly in this era and just a day later Iceland added a requirement to have a negative COVID test in addition to a proof of vaccination or recovery.
I bought a 6 pack of eMed/Abbott telehealth antigen tests for the trip and they arrived just a day after purchase. The regular Abbott tests sold at drugstores don’t include telehealth testing, which is required for travel. At the time the only option was to purchase all 6 for myself, but I read that people had no problem splitting them up among other people. I also downloaded the NAVICA app (Android, iOS) in the US as I read that some people had problems downloading it outside the US.
I landed in Iceland on Monday and was flying back Thursday, so I could have taken the test on Monday, but waited until Tuesday just in case I wanted to stay for an extra day in Iceland.
I tried taking the test from my phone, but that gave an error message that I needed to take it from another device, so I did it from my laptop.
While some people have complained about wait times, I had no wait time to get a rep. With my laptop’s camera pointed at me, I followed the steps, and after a shallow nose swab and dipping the swab into the included testing solution the 15 minute test timer began to countdown. There’s no need to wait there for 15 minutes and after the end of the 15 minutes you can click to get a rep to confirm the results.
After confirming the negative results with a rep I got the negative COVID documentation in the NAVICA app, which I was able to save to my phone.
I tried uploading the results to the United app’s Travel-Ready center, but it was rejected. I figured that might have to do with the test showing uploaded the day before the date on the the results due to time zone differences, and sure enough the upload was accepted when I tried again later in the day when the dates matched up. I was able to check-in and get my boarding pass on my phone without issue.
All 4 of us had no problem using the tests, though one person went to Italy after Iceland and did have a 30 minute wait to get an agent when he tried using his test the next week.
But considering that you can wait while you are in your hotel room doing other things, that’s still not bad. It beats taking the time finding a testing center and overpaying for a COVID test!
Note that Israel requires a PCR to exit the country, but that requirement is waived if you have Israeli proof of vaccination or recovery, which you can get by testing for antibodies in Israel. With proof of that, you can just show or upload your antigen test results from the NAVICA app to your airline to fly to the US.
It’s worth noting that while US airlines accept these tests, your mileage may vary with foreign carriers.
Have you used the eMed/Abbott telehealth antigen test to return to the US from abroad?