The Bermuda Tourism Authority and the federal government of Bermuda have teamed up with U.S. wholesale chain Costco to present Covid-19 testing that will before long be obtainable to Bermuda-bound vacationers.
The checks, which retail for $140, are saliva exams that supply final results inside the new 5-working day turnaround time period demanded of U.S. site visitors.
Take a look at kits are managed by Costco Pharmacy in partnership with Azova Wellbeing, an online distributor of Food and drug administration-authorized, self-administered Covid-19 PCR saliva exams.
Travelers do not have to be a Costco member.
“This marks a big stage forward in facilitating accessibility to pre-travel testing needed for Bermuda website visitors,” explained Glenn Jones, the tourism authority’s interim CEO. “It will be available across the U.S., like in significant tourism markets with direct air service to the island.”
Tourists may possibly buy the saliva take a look at and sample assortment package on line. Once obtained, the traveler will acquire a exceptional code by e-mail and will be prompted to sign-up for Covid qualifications and comprehensive a short health and fitness evaluation.
The exam package them will be shipped by means of UPS overnight shipping to their residence. Consumers can schedule a video observation session an Azova group member and self-administer the exams at house, or Costco pharmacists can notice buyers self-administering the check. The exams are then transported again via UPS.
Digital take a look at success are sent inside of 12 to 48 hrs of lab receipt and can then be shared with Bermuda’s public wellness authorities by way of the Journey Authorization portal.
By the finish of the calendar year, checks will be readily available at a lot more than 100 Costco locations, with New York and Boston-place stores amongst the initially areas to give the kits.
“Making sure timely obtain to pre-arrival screening, this kind of as this pre-approved PCR saliva test, is a massive gain for Bermuda,” said Kim Wilson, Bermuda’s well being minister.