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OAK first U.S. airport to sell COVID test kits in vending machines

Contactless vending machines offer added testing option with take-home tests

Press Releases, Airport, Community
January 27th, 2021

Oakland, Calif. – January 27, 2021: Oakland International Airport became the first airport in the United States this week to sell COVID test kits in vending machines. Contactless kiosks located at both airport terminals offer at-home COVID test kits. The At-Home Saliva RT-PCT test asks customers to return a saliva sample via FedEx and get results on a mobile phone app.

The COVID test kits were designed by digital health company Wellness 4 Humanity. The vending machines are produced by Swyft, a leader in retail automation. Test kits range from $130 to $150.

“As one of the first airports to offer on-site rapid COVID testing, we are now providing more testing options for travelers,” said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland Aviation Director. “We still urge travelers to make sure they are current on any quarantines and regulations at their destinations.”

For those traveling to Hawaii, please note that this additional COVID test option is separate from, and not part of, the State of Hawaii Department of Health's pre-travel testing program. The current details of the Hawaii program can be found on the State of Hawaii website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/. Details for that program and appointments can be found at CityHealthUC.org

The circumstances of travel-related COVID testing are continually changing. Oakland International Airport urges travelers to familiarize themselves with the latest developments at their destination point.

About Oakland International Airport  

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact. Updates about travel during the COVID19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at  www.oaklandairport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media contact

Roberto Bernardo, Airport Spokesperson 

Oakland International Airport 

OAK 24-hour media only hotline: +1 (510) 563-6500  

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