Rapid COVID-19 Coronavirus PCR and Antigen Testing at LAX

Test options can be confusing, but at LAX it’s made reasonably simple. We were able to go to LAX to try out their COVID-19 testing, and in this article we will break down what you can expect when you go.

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Photo by Stuff in LA.

Types of tests and price

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First of all, it’s important to note what kind of tests that LAX provides.

There’s the standard PCR test (nasal-swab Polymerase Chain Reaction) that will cost you $125. The results for that will be returned to you via e-mail within 24 hours.

There’s also the same PCR test but with expedited results within 3 to 5 hours for $175.

Rounding out the PCR test options is the rapid PCR test, which will give you results in a very quick 1 hour, and it’ll cost you $199.

For those who do not need a PCR test and are fine with antigen tests, then you can get one with results in 1 hour for a cost of $80.

All of the tests can come with an itemized receipt that you can send in to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement (but of course, your insurance has to cover it, so you can check with them).

Test locations at LAX

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All of these test centers are outside and walkable if you are dropped off or if you park in one of LAX’s parking structures.

Note that all of these locations operate between 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time! Please plan accordingly before you go!

Main Lab – Across Terminal 6

The main lab is across the street from Terminal 6 and is pictured below.

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Photo by Stuff in LA.

Note that it is on the lower level, which is the arrivals level. If you’re walking over from Terminals 1, 2, or 3, then there will a shortcut of sorts to this testing site along East Way, Theme Way, and West Way. Honestly though, just head towards Terminal 6 if you’re confused, and you should see it.

Here, the tests available will be the priority PCR test (results in 3-5 hours) for $175 and the antigen test (1 hour or less) for $80.

Satellite testing site – Terminal 2

Head on over to Terminal 2 on the lower level (again, the arrivals level) by the baggage claim area, and you’ll find this testing area.

This location only offers one test type: the standard PCR test (results under 24 hours) for $125.

Satellite testing site – Tom Bradley International Terminal

At Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is about mid-way in the loop that makes up LAX, you’ll be met with the testing area that offers the biggest variety of tests. This one is also on the lower level (the arrivals level) near the baggage claim area. Basically, all of these testing sites are on the lower level, so that’s easy to remember.

Here, you will find the standard PCR test (results under 24 hours) for $125, the rapid PCR test (1 hour or less) for $199, and the antigen test (1 hour or less) for $80.

Additional COVID Testing Locations Outside of LAX

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FlyLAX’s website mentions some helpful details about other COVID testing locations outside of LAX:

Passengers interested in getting a test prior to coming to or flying into LAX can visit a few websites to find the closest testing site. When choosing what type of test to get passengers should always check with their airline and destination to determine what, if any, testing requirements there are.

Visit this site for nationwide testing locations, click here.

For L.A. County residents, visit this testing site locator, click here.

The CDC also has general information on at-home kits here.

If you should test positive for COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website on instructions on how to take care of yourself and others. Please click here.