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    Antigen / PCR

    I'm sure this has been posted already so I apologize for bringing it up again but I see most hotels offering both tests and charging a lot of money for them. Seems like the rapid antigen is most affordable is this good enough fore the airlines for entry back to the US?

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    The antigen test is the least expensive (~$35) and good for entry back to the USA. This is a good test to pick if your only requirement is to show a negative test result to the airline.
    The PCR test option (~$75 per person) is a good test to pick if you need a negative test result to show to the airline and another entity/institution. For example, some travelers need to show a PCR test in order to return to work after international travel (many companies accept PCR only), so in that case, the PCR test in Aruba can get you on the airline plus be valid for documentation to return to work.

    The other difference I should mention is that PCR test (a molecular test) is considered to be more accurate than the antigen test. In other words, there is higher likelihood that you could get a false positive test result with an antigen test vs with a PCR test. But if that occurred, the health insurance you're required to purchase (with ED card) covers the cost of a re-test. My husband and I have used the antigen test on two trips and had no issue.
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    Great thanks - I just want the cheapest way to get back on the plane to get home - don't feel like dropping $400 - $500 for the 4 of us lol - My resort charges 50(antigen) and $100(PCR) is there any other places doing it cheaper? You mentioned #35 where is that ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiChris View Post
    The antigen test is the least expensive (~$35) and good for entry back to the USA. This is a good test to pick if your only requirement is to show a negative test result to the airline.
    The PCR test option (~$75 per person) is a good test to pick if you need a negative test result to show to the airline and another entity/institution. For example, some travelers need to show a PCR test in order to return to work after international travel (many companies accept PCR only), so in that case, the PCR test in Aruba can get you on the airline plus be valid for documentation to return to work.

    The other difference I should mention is that PCR test (a molecular test) is considered to be more accurate than the antigen test. In other words, there is higher likelihood that you could get a false positive test result with an antigen test vs with a PCR test. But if that occurred, the health insurance you're required to purchase (with ED card) covers the cost of a re-test. My husband and I have used the antigen test on two trips and had no issue.
    There is a greater chance of a false negative result with the antigen test, not false positive. COVID-19 diagnostic testing - Mayo Clinic

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    We went to test center at the Palm Beach mall in the corner by TGF. Cost us 35$ each for antigen,no appointment necessary. Bring your phone,scan QR code on door,fill out form and in you go. Took us less than 10 minutes and had results 2 hrs later. We went at 6:45 at night -2 days before our flight. Sent our results via email and I put the results easily in our Apple wallet. I believe they are open daily 9-9. PCR test was 55$
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayshea View Post
    We went to test center at the Palm Beach mall in the corner by TGF. Cost us 35$ each for antigen,no appointment necessary. Bring your phone,scan QR code on door,fill out form and in you go. Took us less than 10 minutes and had results 2 hrs later. We went at 6:45 at night -2 days before our flight. Sent our results via email and I put the results easily in our Apple wallet. I believe they are open daily 9-9. PCR test was 55$

    Awesome I'm sure if there is something like this up there there has to be something like this being offered downtown by me. Appreciate the feedback.
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    Yes - the hotels/resorts tend to have slightly higher rates for the tests, but on the flip side, you have the convenience of testing on-site at the resort.
    If you want to save a little money, the shopping areas areas around Palm Beach have several walk-in clinics for "Fit-to-Fly" testing and that is where you'll see the $35 rate for antigen tests. As Jayshea described above - there is no appointment necessary and the testing process is very fast.
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    Someone who is very familiar with Aruba can probably find the $35 tests just fine. We went to the pharmacy in the Super Foods plaza and there the test was $50 for Antigen and $100 for PCR. All of the tests on the Aruba site https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-he...-test-in-aruba are $50 for the Antigen test. We didn't really care much, since the $30 difference for the two of us was so small and we were going to Super Foods, anyway. It was quick and easy and we got the results later that day.
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