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Is it possible to get a rapid anti-gen Covid test at Mexico City International Airport?

If so:

  • Where is the test center located in the airport?
  • Is it open 24/7?
  • Do they provide a certificate that is valid for entry in the US (I am a US citizen with proof of vaccination)
  • Is an appointment required?

If not:

  • Does anyone know of a test location near the airport?

UPDATE: We stayed in the Courtyard Marriott hotel at the airport the night before our early morning flight. There was a Covid testing center right in the ground floor of the hotel. It was around 700 MXN (~ US$35) for a quick test (which provides the certificate acceptable for airlines to the US). No appointment needed. There were other on-the-spot test centers in the airport, probably cheaper.

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  • Just traveled today (13 May 2022). There are two testing sites outside T2.
    – jim
    May 13 at 15:07

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https://cms.volaris.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-testing-for-passengers/:

  • Two locations at Terminal 1: Entrance 5 and the Volaris office at Annex 1
  • 24/7
  • valid for the US.
  • $550 MXN

I believe no need for appointment. Maybe other airlines have other locations as well. I saw the location at Terminal 1 when I went there around New Year Eve, the queue seemed quite small but it's likely a good idea to arrive a bit earlier in case the queue long.


FYI, from this answer, which quotes CDC:

The 1-day period [for COVID-19 testing when flying to the US] is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken.

I'd advise to do the test within [24]h if possible or if not call the airline while recording the call, because some airline employees, such as some Qatar Airways employees I've encountered, can't read properly and mistakenly think [1 day = 24h], or may have their own policies.

but Mexican airlines should 100% understand the CDC 1-day guideline.

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    Thank you! Particularly the observation that you saw it with your own eyes (the information on websites is not always accurate) and that the queue was shortish. We will arrive the evening before and stay in the airport hotel, so that should give us plenty of time. Mar 14 at 23:16
  • @BrunoRijsman sounds good, note that you could even do the test the evening before. It only has to be done the same day or the day before. Mar 14 at 23:19
  • @FranckDernoncourt Be careful with doing it the day before. It is usually required to been tested max 24 hours before ARRIVAL at destination. Not your DEPARTURE, so factor in your travel duration.
    – Tonny
    Mar 15 at 10:07
  • When we left Cancun, @Tonny, we had ours done at the hotel in the morning the day before departure. Our flights out were close to noon. YMMV.
    – FreeMan
    Mar 15 at 14:34
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    For what it's worth: When I left PVR, I paid 450 MXN for a rapid test at the airport. If I had left San Blas an hour earlier, I could have got it in the city for 45 MXN.
    – WGroleau
    Mar 15 at 19:48

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