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President Biden through an executive order has established a new rule for anyone, both US and non-US Citizens, to have been tested (either antigen or PCR) within 72 hours prior to boarding their plane to return to the US. There has to be proof of a negative Covid-19 test result.
Many people are cancelling their trips because of this change. Fortunately, Mexico is responding in various ways, we read in the news that resorts will offer this service on-site. The most attractive are the airports of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) have established Temporary modules for Covid-19 tests.
The tests will only be available to passengers booked on international flights and will cost 450 pesos (around $USD22) for the antigen test and 1,450 pesos (around $USD72) for the PCR test. In a press release, the Grupo Aeropuertos Pacificos (GAP) said testing modules will also be installed at its airports in Tijuana, Los Cabos, Guanajuato, Hermosillo, Mexicali, Morelia, La Paz, Aguascalientes, Los Mochis and Manzanillo.
Here is the official text for what you can expect when traveling out of Puerto Vallarta:
Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
For passengers bound for the USA.
According the Center for disease control and prevention (order that takes effect on Tuesday, January 26 every passenger bound for the United States of America, must perform a COVID 19 PCR or Antigen screening test, with in the 72 hours prior to boarding your flight to the United States and carry the results electronically or on paper to be presented to the airline prior to travel.
For this reason GAP facilitates the installation of the Polanco medical laboratory on a temporary basis as one more option for passengers that travel to our destination.
GAP recommends arriving with enough time to take your flight and previously perform, if possible, the documentation and requirements to fly. If the passenger wishes to be tested at the airport, at least an additional hour must be added to their travel itinerary from the airline’s recommended time.
In addition, GAP suggests that passengers check with their airline for government requests and to learn about possible changes to their flight itinerary.
Laboratorio Medico Polanco is a laboratory oriented to provide support services for medical diagnosis of the highest quality. Some of the most important services that we provide are Clinical analysis, Imaging services such as X Rays, Ultrasound, Mammography, Densitometry, Magnetic resonance and Tomography, as well as office services such as Colposcopy, Electrocardiography, Audiometry and Spirometry among others.
The testing services are located at the Puerto Vallarta airport, right next to the Departure Check-In counters, at a modified parking lot area.
This is an areal view of the Puerto Vallarta airport which shows the location of the Polanco Medical Laboratory performing the Covid Tests.
This is the actual tent where the Covid-19 test is being done prior to your departing flight.
COVID-19 TEST COST
– Antigen Test cost MXN 450 (approximately $USD 22). Results are delivered in 30 minutes
– PCR Test cost MXN 1,450 (approximately $USD 72). Results are delivered between 24 and 48 hours.
Hours of operation
24/7 service, every day of the week, ongoing and uninterrupted hours, will start operating on this schedule starting January 29 at 4pm.
How are the results delivered physically, digitally or both?
At the opening they will be sent by e mail or printed onsite.
What are the payment options? Is it paid in person (on the spot payment) or can it be done online?
The payment is in person (on the spot payment) in Cash, US dollars or Mexican pesos, VISA, MasterCard and American Express.
What documents must the passenger present for the test?
You identify yourself with your passport, in order to validate the data and confirm that they match, to prove that it is for an international passenger must show your flight or reservation.
From what age is it required to present the PCR or antigen test to travel to the United States of America?
Two (2) years and older.