Testing for Travel

Important information regarding testing for travel

Testing requirements vary widely based on destination and may change often. It is best for travelers to understand the most up to date testing requirements for their destination. Testing may not be needed as more destinations are waiving testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.

For those who need pre-travel testing, seek out the most effective testing provider for their needs. In most cases a test for travel may be obtained more quickly and without a provider visit through other community vendors such as

Intermountain’s primary responsibility is to care for sick patients and to keep people healthy. COVID testing resources will be diverted from large volume, community-based testing to a “medical model” of testing requiring a provider visit and a provider order.

Pre-travel testing within Intermountain Labs can still be obtained but may include charges for a provider visit (especially if a nasopharyngeal, aka NP, swab is required) in addition to lab charges.

See our options for obtaining a COVID-19 test at Intermountain Healthcare.

Get a Test

Ways to Obtain a COVID-19 Test from Intermountain Healthcare

For Symptomatic Patients

Primary Care Visit -Your Intermountain primary care provider can place orders for a COVID-19 test. In most cases your primary care provider will be able to offer you COVID-19 at an in-person visit or through a virtual visit and will direct you to an Intermountain location for pick up and return of a COVID-19 test. Contact your primary care provider for more information. ConnectCare Visit ConnectCare is a virtual option for a visit with a primary care provider. Your ConnectCare provider will direct you to an Intermountain location for pick up and return of a COVID-19 test. Visit us at ConnectCare.org for more information.

InstaCare Visit – You can check in to any of our Intermountain InstaCare locations to visit with a provider who can conduct a COVID-19 test on site. See our InstaCare locations at www.InstaCare.org 

For Patient Having a Procedure at an Intermountain Facility

Pre-Procedure Testing – If you are having an upcoming procedure at an Intermountain Hospital or Surgical Center, you may be required to obtain a COVID-19 test before your procedure. Your provider’s office will let you know based on current pre-procedure testing requirements if you need to obtain a COVID-19 test and they will place orders for test. A caregiver will reach out to you with more information and options for testing locations. 

For more information on Pre-Procedure Testing scroll further down this page. 

Other Non-Intermountain Testing Options – There are numerous COVID-19 testing options offered throughout the community including health departments, pharmacies and other testing vendors. For more information on testing resources outside of Intermountain Healthcare see the following resources:

If you are very sick and having trouble breathing or chest pains, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

Preprocedure Testing

Pre-procedure COVID-19 Testing

If your doctor has instructed you that you need a COVID-19 test, please be aware of the following instructions.

If you need a pre-procedure COVID-19 test for an upcoming procedure, your physician’s office will either give you a test kit in the office to be returned to an Intermountain Lab location or direct you to pick-up a test at an Intermountain Lab location. After completing your test, you’ll return to any Intermountain Lab location. Please be aware of the hours of service and the locations.

Medical Procedures Requiring a COVID-19 Test

  • Surgery 
  • Endoscopy test 
  • Sleep test 
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Cardiovascular Procedures 

How will I be contacted about my COVID-19 Test?
You will be contact by an Intermountain staff member about your upcoming test and will be given specific instructions on when to have your COVID-19 test and where to go to have this test. 

What Steps will I be expected to follow?

STEP ONE: Ensure you are not symptomatic for covid-19:

  • If you suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms after receiving orders to get a test, please contact your provider’s office that will be doing your procedure. DO NOT COME TO A LAB LOCATION
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Cough (usually dry)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Tiredness (sometimes)
    • Aches and pains (sometimes)
    • Headaches (sometimes)
    • Sore throat (sometimes)


  • Pick up you sample collection kit at the designated facility.  Please follow the facility signs for Saliva Kit Pick-up once you arrive at the location.
  • Once you have picked up the saliva kit, follow the directs given to you by the staff to self-collect the saliva sample 


  • Proceed to the lab drop-off location. Follow the facility signs for Saliva Drop-Off locations. 
  • Be prepared to provide your name and date of birth along with the sample. 
  • If the lab team member determines that the saliva sample is not sufficient, they will offer to have you recollect the saliva sample OR will offer to take a new sample using by swabbing both of your nostrils and your mouth to collect the sample using a swab.

Uninsured Patients

Patients who are uninsured and are a U.S. citizen and a Utah resident: qualify for COVID-19 testing coverage through Medicaid for medically necessary tests. Medicaid COVID-19 testing coverage for the uninsured covers the COVID-19 tests and all testing related services including doctor appointments (both in-person and through telehealth), ER visits, and any services performed in order to diagnose COVID-19, including X-rays, etc. Testing and other services will be paid back to the date of those services.

Individuals who do not have insurance and who do not qualify for the Medicaid option may also be tested. Financial assistance is available for the provider visit. No out of pocket costs for the COVID-19 test will be charged. Please ask about Financial Assistance at the time of registration.

Intermountain is committed to provide needed treatment for all patients regardless of ability to pay. Intermountain has established a standard payment rate of $100. Most payers have communicated they will cover 100% of the testing cost, but patients should contact their insurance company for the most up-to-date information. Intermountain is also committed to work with government programs so uninsured patients will not have financial responsibility for COVID-19 testing.