Walgreens Covid Testing/Appointments

Walgreens Covid Testing/Appointments Requirements vary by destination. It is your responsibility to select the correct test type for your destination and to Get tested before and after traveling, along with everyday precautions, which can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on planes, in airports, at destinations, and back home. To travel with confidence, check and follow the latest CDC guidance.

Walgreens Covid Testing/Appointments Scheduling

Walgreens Covid Testing/Appointments
Walgreens Covid Testing/Appointments

What are my FREE drive-thru COVID-19
testing options?

Walgreens offers 3 types of free* drive-thru testing for ages 3+. Appointments are available for up to 7 days in advance. Online booking only.

Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR)
RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Test

  • Most turnaround times  within 72 hours  (varies based on location)1
  • Samples are sent to a laboratory for testing
  • Meets pre-travel testing requirements

Rapid Diagnostic Test (ID NOW)
Rapid Molecular Test

  • Results are available within 24 hours
  • Samples are tested on-site
  • Meets most pre-travel testing requirements, including Hawaii

Rapid Antigen Test (BinaxNOW)
Rapid Antigen Test2

  • Results are available within one hour
  • Samples are tested on-site
  • Offered at limited locations
  • May meet pre-travel testing requirements; check with your destination

How the COVID-19 testing process works

  • Complete a quick questionnaire.
  • Choose a location and time for your COVID-19 test (based on the type of test you want).
  • Go to the testing location and remain in your vehicle with the window rolled up.
  • Show your confirmation email, a valid state ID or driver’s license, and insurance card or voucher.
  • Perform the nasal swab yourself under the direction of a pharmacy team member. Patients ages 3-18 will need a parent or legal guardian while they self-administer the COVID-19 test.
  • Get results.†

Schedule your Appointment for Walgreens Covid Testing

Note: Due to high demand, deliveries may be delayed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get tested for COVID-19 at Walgreens?

Yes, we offer free* drive-thru testing for ages 3+ at 6,000+ locations nationwide. Walgreens also offers at-home test options for purchase online and in most stores.

What do I need to bring to my COVID-19 test?

You will be asked to bring:
Copy of your confirmation email
Insurance card or voucher, if applicable
For patients ages 3-18, the parent or legal guardian who provided consent to test the patient will be asked to show a copy of the appointment confirmation email, a valid state ID or driver’s license, and insurance card or voucher.

I was around someone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Should I get tested?

Based on CDC guidance, you should get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of having close contact with that person or if that person later tests positive for COVID-19. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before they began noticing symptoms.
Additionally, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Does Walgreens provide COVID-19 tests to minors?

Yes, COVID-19 testing is available for patients ages 3+. Minors getting a COVID-19 test must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. As with adults, a Walgreens team member will instruct these patients on the self-administered nasal swab for the COVID-19 test. Minors may be assisted by their parent or legal guardian during the self-administration process.

What is the difference between the types of drive-thru COVID-19 tests offered by Walgreens?

We offer three types of COVID-19 tests:
Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR): The RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Test – (NAAT) is used to detect genetic material (mRNA) of the coronavirus and will be sent to a laboratory for testing. Most turnaround times in 72 hours or less (varies based on location).
Rapid Diagnostic Test (ID NOW): The Rapid Point-of-Care (POC) – NAAT (ID NOW) test also detects genetic material (mRNA) of the virus. The test is performed on-site, and results are available within 24 hours.
Rapid Antigen Test (BinaxNOW): Rapid Point-of-Care (POC) Test – Antigen (BinaxNOW) is an antigen test that detects the presence of a specific viral antigen. The test is performed on-site, and results are available within one hour. These tests measure current viral infection and help determine if an individual is actively infected with COVID-19 and can spread it to others. A follow-up diagnostic test may be required to confirm a positive result.
† Test results turnaround time is based on when the sample arrives at the laboratory. Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel. For current estimates on our laboratory partners’ turnaround time, visit the Aegis Sciences page and the LabCorp page. Patients will be notified of their result via email, mail or phone call.

What over-the-counter COVID-19 tests are available at Walgreens?

We offer five types of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests available online or at your local Walgreens:
1. BinaxNOW is a simple solution for COVID-19 infection detection, delivering rapid results in the convenience of your home. This test has received FDA Authorization for self-testing without the need to ship samples to a lab. The test is available without a prescription. This 15-minute test can be completed anytime, anywhere.
2. QuickVueQuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test provides fast, easy-to-understand results for individuals with or without symptoms using a gentle nasal swab. Everything you need is in the kit. The QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test utilizes trusted technology that’s been used for decades by health professionals. This technology is now available for use in the comfort of your home. The test kit doesn’t require an office visit or lab appointment so you won’t need to wait for results from a lab or a mail-order testing service. You’ll get results in just 10 minutes, allowing you to take charge of your own testing.
3. InteliSwabTM is a COVID-19 rapid antigen test that makes self-testing remarkably simple. Its so user-friendly, it can be used anytime and anywhere, and requires less than one minute of hands-on time. InteliSwabTM has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization* for self-testing. InteliSwabTM makes testing so easy, you’ll know you did it right. Detects active COVID-19 infection for both symptomatic and asymptomatic use. Shallow and gentle nasal swab (lower nostril) 98% of untrained, unproctored users found InteliSwab easy to use.
4. Flowflex is an FDA authorized COVID-19 Antigen Home Test that requires only 1 test. Get results in 15 minutes with a nasal swab.
5. Labcorp Pixel is brought to you from the lab trusted by doctors and millions of people for COVID-19 testing. Collect your sample at home with a short nasal swab and ship it to Labcorp with the pre-paid return pack. The RT-PCR test detects the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. On average, results are received within 1-2 days after your sample is received at the lab.
6. EverlyWell COVID-19 Test Home Collection KIT DTC has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA, offering you a convenient way to proactively test for SARS-CoV-2 infection. You collect your own sample at home, ship it to the lab using a prepaid mailer, and receive your secure digital results 24-48 hours after the lab receives your sample. Once you receive your results, you’ll have a free telehealth consult to discuss next steps. This collection kit is available to anyone aged 18 and older in all 50 states. The kit is FSA/HSA-eligible and may be reimbursed through your health insurance. Everlywell is not enrolled in the Medicare program and this test is not eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
7. Healthconfirm 5. Healthconfirm is an accurate, painless, do-it-yourself saliva test that does not require a nasal swab. You can expect results within 48 hours after the lab receives the sample.

I’m getting ready to travel. What do I need to do?

Getting tested before and after traveling, along with everyday precautions, can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on planes, in airports, at destinations and back home.
Before you travel:
1. Get resources for domesticinternational and cruise ship travel.
2. Check specific travel recommendations for your destination.
3. Make sure you understand and follow any testing, proof of vaccination, masking and quarantine requirements at your destination.
4. If you’re not fully vaccinated or if a negative COVID-19 test is needed for entry, get tested at a Walgreens near you.
After you travel:
All travelers including individuals who are fully vaccinated should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested 3–5 days after travel.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you should self-quarantine for 7 days even if you’ve tested negative for COVID-19.
To travel with confidence, check and follow the latest CDC guidance.

How does the drive-thru COVID-19 testing process work?

1. Complete a quick questionnaire.
2. Choose a location and time for your COVID-19 test (based on the type of test you want).
3. Go to the testing location and remain in your vehicle with the window rolled up.
4. Show your confirmation email, a valid state ID or driver’s license, and insurance card or
voucher.
5. Perform the nasal swab yourself under the direction of a pharmacy team member. Patients ages 3-18 will need a parent or legal guardian while they self-administer the COVID-19 test.
6. Get results from PWNHealth.
7. Receive results.
† Test results turnaround time is based on when the sample arrives at the laboratory. Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel. For current estimates on our laboratory partners’ turnaround time, visit the Aegis Sciences page and the LabCorp page. Patients will be notified of their result via email, mail or phone call.

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