Bermuda, Costco Partner on Testing Option for Travelers

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Bermuda has partnered with wholesale chain Costco to provide a new PCR testing option for Bermuda-bound travelers. 

The program includes self-administered saliva tests that deliver results within the island’s newly-implemented five-day turnaround period. 

Test kits are available online, managed by Costco Pharmacy, in partnership with AZOVA Health, which distributes the FDA-approved tests. 

Tests will soon be available at more than 100 Costco locations, centered in New York and Boston. 

Costco membership will not be required to obtain a test. 

Bermuda is the first destination to partner with Costco on the program. 

“We believe this marks a major step forward in facilitating access to pre-travel testing required for Bermuda visitors—it will be offered across the U.S., including major tourism markets with direct air service to the island,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority Interim CEO Glenn Jones. “The prospect for travel is still difficult for many. Everyday we’re working to make it a little easier.”

By the end of the year, travelers will also have the option of buying test kits at select Costco Pharmacies, where an on-site pharmacist will observe customers self-administering the test. 

“This is fantastic news for visitors and returning residents alike, and I wish to commend all involved for working to make this happen,” said Bermuda Health Minister Kim Wilson. “Ensuring timely access to pre-arrival testing such as this approved PCR saliva test under observation is a huge gain for Bermuda.”

For more on Bermuda’s entry protocols, see here

— CJ

 

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