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Tampa International Airport extends COVID-19 testing for travelers through end of year

Testing at the airport began on Oct. 1, 2020, and more than 3,000 travelers have already taken advantage of the program.

TAMPA, Fla — Travelers flying to or from Tampa International Airport won't have to wait to get tested for the coronavirus, they can do it right there.

Tampa International Airport and BayCare Health System announced Wednesday that the October pilot program for COVID-19 testing for passengers is being expanded through the end of 2020.

The program started on Oct. 1, making TPA the first airport in the country to offer two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests for people traveling through the airport. 

Leaders at the airport said during the October pilot program, an average of 130 to 140 passengers were tested a day and more than 3,000 total people were tested in October.

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Test sites are located in the airport's main terminal, near the entrance to Airside F. 

Testing services will continue to be offered on a walk-in basis, seven days a week. Starting on Nov. 2, the testing site will have new hours of operation: Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. 

Find more information on testing at the Tampa International Airport here.

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