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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    As for the tests, I will have to check my local CVS but people around here swear by a particular health clinic place that is reliable so I might do both, just to make sure that one of them comes back in time.

    More math questions: If we are to arrive in SXM/SBH on Jan. 31 but depart on Jan. 30 (red eye from SAN-MIA Jan. 30-31 and MIA-SXM-SBH Jan. 31) it seems to me that to be 72 hours compliant, we would have to have our tests on Jan. 28, a Friday. Then as soon as those tests come back, we would have to do the EHAS pass and hope it comes back super fast...I am definitely concerned, coming from so far away, as that is a weekend, and it seems I could not do it earlier than the 28th. Apparently, the PCR tests come back to your email, so do you convert the email to a document somehow to upload to your EHAS form, as well as printing a paper copy you keep with you?

    I have some questions about the proof of vaccination that is acceptable: is your little vaccination card acceptable as proof if you take a photo and upload it that way to the EHAS form (as well as having the original with you), or do you have to download something from the places you were vaccinated, like a hospital or drug store to prove each vaccination?

    Sorry if those questions have been answered (I really did read all of the latest info and checked the govt. website of Sint Maarten, the French govt. website, etc.) but I must have missed those details about whether you need some sort of QR code to prove vaccination, too. I think our hospital displays your QR code on your digital chart but I do not think the Rite Aid does.

    Then, the health pass may or may not be in effect when we get there (betting it is), but are people applying through the French govt. site for one before arriving in SBH?

    Thanks in advance and please excuse my technical ignorance!
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    If results take two days and you want result day before travel and you overnight in SJU, then your test is invalid upon reaching SBH. That’s some BS.
    Hence the anxiety!!!

    I had to show my EHAS before my domestic flight/overnight so I had 48 hours to take the test, get results, submit and get approval. This may have changed.

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by MTBH View Post
    Recently did a Walgreens test due to a work related exposure to covid. Results took SIX days!! I thought for sure they were lost and did another test after waiting five days. I have heard from others that this is not unusual for Walgreens.
    That's my fear 😨

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    From the eMed site:

    Only with eMed can an individual taking a COVID-19 rapid antigen home test abroad receive CDC-accepted electronic documentation suitable for U.S. reentry. At $25 per test, plus shipping fees and taxes, the Home Test available at eMed.com is the most affordable, high-quality, and convenient rapid antigen test with validated results available to travelers.
    The eMed-administered test is a simple, self-administered test, supervised virtually by an eMed Certified Guide who oversees sample collection, the testing process and certified results reporting during a telehealth visit. If a test result is negative, the user receives a validated digital lab report to their email and a digital health pass in an app on their smart device.
    US has been pretty liberal in what they will allow from the beginning and allows a couple of "home tests" (I think I remember reading there were 3 approved for re-entry to the US somewhere but not sure). I was referring to entry into St Barths which I think is the gist of this thread. According to the Tradewind page it looks like it isn't allowed. I don't know for sure, which is why I posted the language on their page. As always best to reach out to your airline/villa owner or agency/hotel and reading the official Country websites, but even that has yielded bad info at times. The airline seems to be the only one that checks the COVID test results from my experience so whatever they do really will determine if you are allowed entry or not. Many on here have been talking about "home tests" for a while and I think people need to be sure they will be allowed before using them.

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    Jim A is online now
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by davesmom View Post
    As for the tests, I will have to check my local CVS but people around here swear by a particular health clinic place that is reliable so I might do both, just to make sure that one of them comes back in time.

    More math questions: If we are to arrive in SXM/SBH on Jan. 31 but depart on Jan. 30 (red eye from SAN-MIA Jan. 30-31 and MIA-SXM-SBH Jan. 31) it seems to me that to be 72 hours compliant, we would have to have our tests on Jan. 28, a Friday. Then as soon as those tests come back, we would have to do the EHAS pass and hope it comes back super fast...I am definitely concerned, coming from so far away, as that is a weekend, and it seems I could not do it earlier than the 28th. Apparently, the PCR tests come back to your email, so do you convert the email to a document somehow to upload to your EHAS form, as well as printing a paper copy you keep with you?

    I have some questions about the proof of vaccination that is acceptable: is your little vaccination card acceptable as proof if you take a photo and upload it that way to the EHAS form (as well as having the original with you), or do you have to download something from the places you were vaccinated, like a hospital or drug store to prove each vaccination?

    Sorry if those questions have been answered (I really did read all of the latest info and checked the govt. website of Sint Maarten, the French govt. website, etc.) but I must have missed those details about whether you need some sort of QR code to prove vaccination, too. I think our hospital displays your QR code on your digital chart but I do not think the Rite Aid does.

    Then, the health pass may or may not be in effect when we get there (betting it is), but are people applying through the French govt. site for one before arriving in SBH?

    Thanks in advance and please excuse my technical ignorance!
    The EHAS results come back pretty quickly. Usually within a few hours or less. If you don't get results just submit again seems to be the theme from many who weren't getting results back

    I like to have both a printed copy and electronic copy of my negative test result. When I get the email I download the attachment to my phone and also print it so I have both. The US airlines are all fine with either. I can't remember if at SXM they had a preference of one or the other. If pulling up an email you may need wifi so downloading better if you can.

    For the EHAS form just take a picture of vaccination card and upload it. For entry to restos on St Barths I can't say for sure what is accepted since this wasn't in place in July but in Italy we just carried our vaccination card everywhere we went and that and a photo id allowed entry. There is discussion on here somewhere about an app which I'm sure works as well. I downloaded the app but haven't yet uploaded my info to it and may not bother.

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    cassidain is online now
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Abbott labs has an antigen test that is administered through their website eMed where your id is scanned and your are directed through the test. At the end a live person certifies the test and sends email confirmation. Requires a audio/video on your device. 25 minutes.
    "Comme annoncé par Emmanuel Macron le 12 juillet dernier, c’est à compter du 15 octobre que les tests de dépistage du Covid-19 seront désormais payants et non plus pris en charge par l’Assurance maladie. À partir de cette date butoir également, les autotests réalisés sous la supervision d’un professionnel de santé ne seront plus reconnus comme preuve pour obtenir un pass sanitaire."

    starting this friday, this seems to spell the end of self tests performed under the supervision of a medical professional being accepted for purposes of CC (CovidCard).
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    "Comme annoncé par Emmanuel Macron le 12 juillet dernier, c’est à compter du 15 octobre que les tests de dépistage du Covid-19 seront désormais payants et non plus pris en charge par l’Assurance maladie. À partir de cette date butoir également, les autotests réalisés sous la supervision d’un professionnel de santé ne seront plus reconnus comme preuve pour obtenir un pass sanitaire."

    starting this friday, this seems to spell the end of self tests performed under the supervision of a medical professional being accepted for purposes of CC (CovidCard).
    This article has more details on that: https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/2021100...ation-campaign
    For the French tests are paid if the person is non-vaccinated. For Americans in SBH the tests were always paid.

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    scheduled for CVS on 10/13 and travel 10/15. Fingers crossed.

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    HFC is offline
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    We will be arriving via Tradewind on Saturday, 11/6. The testing is definitely giving me anxiety. Planning to schedule PCR testing on 11/3, with backup rapid antigen test on 11/4 or 11/5 at CVS. Any experience with rapid antigen tests at CVS?

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Just got one today. Results within half an hour

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    Eve is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgreaux View Post
    This article has more details on that: https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/2021100...ation-campaign
    For the French tests are paid if the person is non-vaccinated. For Americans in SBH the tests were always paid.
    we didn’t pay at the Red Cross tent in May. Will now

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Thank you.

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    Got CVS PCR test yesterday. They said 1-2 days when we made appt, but she said 2-3 after the test. Took antigen today at CVS and got it in half an hour and approved by sxm a day earlier than expected.
    got PCR for accuracy, hopefully before the plane shuts its doors and we can run off if it’s positive.

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Eve, just remember the reassuring words of one of our junior moderators (not Kevin). I'm sure they will help you "just get it done".

    "Folks are traveling all over the world and figuring this out just fine.

    If you want something bad enough, you just get it done."
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    Eve, just remember the reassuring words of one of our junior moderators (not Kevin). I'm sure they will help you "just get it done".

    "Folks are traveling all over the world and figuring this out just fine.

    If you want something bad enough, you just get it done."
    exactly!

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    We're arriving 11/6 too, via SBC. Honestly, I think you're fine with the CVS PCR test on Wednesday, 11/3. You'll get the results in less than 2 days. I've traveled all over using this method and it's tried and true. CVS is really good about pushing the results. A family member of mine is high up at LabCorp. They process all of CVS` PCR tests. He told me they're doing a really good job of pushing the turnaround in a timely manner (48 hours).

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    Quote Originally Posted by markf View Post
    We're arriving 11/6 too, via SBC. Honestly, I think you're fine with the CVS PCR test on Wednesday, 11/3. You'll get the results in less than 2 days. I've traveled all over using this method and it's tried and true. CVS is really good about pushing the results. A family member of mine is high up at LabCorp. They process all of CVS` PCR tests. He told me they're doing a really good job of pushing the turnaround in a timely manner (48 hours).
    Careful with that. In May got it in exactly 48. I’ll know tomorrow how it goes. Very happy I got the antigen today and got it back in 45 minutes

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    Good to know. Thank you for the info.

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by HFC View Post
    We will be arriving via Tradewind on Saturday, 11/6. The testing is definitely giving me anxiety. Planning to schedule PCR testing on 11/3, with backup rapid antigen test on 11/4 or 11/5 at CVS. Any experience with rapid antigen tests at CVS?
    We are also flying Tradewind November 6, on the early morning flight..
    We are getting PCR Wednesday and antigen Thursday as a back up..
    What flight are you taking??
    Steve and Aimee

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    Those of you who have recently been tested how far out did you schedule...I am wondering how hard or easy to get test..we need ours November 3 and 4
    Steve and Aimee

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Depends on where you go. CVS only allows scheduling 13 days in advance. We have a medical lab here that offers guaranteed timed results for a fee and I could schedule tests for late November there.

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    Having trouble getting rapid test...my CVS says they are booked out 3 weeks...that makes no sense.
    PCR is available though...
    Steve and Aimee

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    Book that pcr...you can cancel it if you find another place to get rapid tests.
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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    The CVS website allows you to check all their location near you and what tests are available at each. When I looked last night they were only allowing you to schedule 13 days. Yours may be operating differently though...

    Do you have kids? Try your school nurse. I work in a school district (and actually supervise our Health Services) and our nurses are constantly sending people out for testing. They generally know what is available where and what the turn around time is. Or maybe your HR department at work, if you are in person and they are monitoring the health situation.

    Our county health department partnered with Curative, who has drive thru testing all over the area. Looks like they have many places across the US. However, they are not doing the nasopharynx swab. But people seem to be getting through SXM with the anterior nasal tests. Here is the link: https://curative.com/

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    We will book PCR...just want rapid as back up
    Steve and Aimee

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    Quote Originally Posted by shihadehs View Post
    We are also flying Tradewind November 6, on the early morning flight..
    We are getting PCR Wednesday and antigen Thursday as a back up..
    What flight are you taking??

    We are on the 1:10pm flight.

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    I apologize if this has already been answered, but can’t seem to find it. Does the test need to be performed no more than 72/48 hours. If our flight leaves on Sat at 1:10pm, would our test need to be on Wed/Thurs after 1:10pm or could it be anytime on those days?

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    Re: Where are forum members going for the Covid test in the US?

    So, I'm confused. If PCR is not required to get through SXM or to enter SBH, why are people going to such efforts to get it? Antigen tests are far more readily available, results come back in 15 minutes, and they are accepted by both SXM and SBH within 48 hours. Why add extra stress and difficulty when the answer seems straightforward?

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    False positives seem to be more (or were) with antigen?????
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