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Tampa International Airport in the US has launched the country’s first Covid-19 testing for all departing and arriving passengers.

The testing pilot, which has been launched in collaboration with BayCare Health System, will provide two types of FDA-approved Covid-19 tests for all departing and arriving passengers.

Situated inside the Main Terminal near the Airside F shuttle, the testing site will offer both the rapid antigen test and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

The 15-minute rapid antigen test costs $57 and the PCR test, which costs $125, delivers results within 48 hours.

Tampa International Airport is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) and handled 22,497,953 passengers in 2019.

HCCA chairman Gary Harrod said: “Tampa International Airport has been a leader of airport health protocols since the earliest signs of the pandemic and was one of the first in the country to mandate masks, install plastic shields and apply social distancing markers through its TPA Ready launch in April.

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“These innovative efforts go a long way in building traveller confidence and keeping our region safe as we continue to recover from the impacts of Covid-19.”

In another development, Oakland International Airport said it would offer free, rapid-result Covid-19 tests to employees and the public, starting 6 October 2020.

The airport is working with CityHealth Urgent Care to make the tests available at its North Field terminal complex at 9070 Earhart Road.

The expansion of the programme is planned for Hawaii travellers beginning 15 October. CityHealth and Oakland International Airport will offer pre-travel testing to Hawaii travellers at free of cost.