We offer two types of qRT-PCR (also known as PCR or qPCR) diagnostic testing solutions:
renegadeXP™ uses samples collected via quick and painless nasal swab, it delivers results within hours.
SalivaDirect™ is a new RT-PCR process developed at the Yale School of Public Health. It uses a saliva sample, rather than a nasal or throat swab, to detect the presence of the virus.
We can provide the CDC's test upon request for destinations that require it.
As a qRT-PCR test—the most accurate type of test available—our tests meet air travel requirements for almost all locations.
Important: Be sure to check the website for the state or country of your destination for the latest information about travel requirements. We cannot be responsible for problems caused by not knowing your destination’s travel requirements.
renegadeXP is a qRT-PCR test—the most accurate type of test available. Results show that it is highly sensitive and accurate compared to the CDC test.
Knowing your current COVID status is important to protect those around you, especially since a significant number of those infected show mild or no symptoms.
The testing location is outdoors, and you can stay in your car. We ask everyone to wear masks and keep social distance.
Go to the Primary site, where you can register, schedule, and pay for your test. When you register, we’ll text and/or email you with the time and location of your appointment.
For non-travelers, we are able to offer no-cost testing for insured and uninsured individuals. Schedule a test or visit testthepeople.org for more information.
Yes, children and infants may be tested using nasal, oral, or saliva sample collection methods. SalivaDirect has a minimum age of 4 years old.
Check your destination's test requirements to make sure your child's test complies with regulations.
Yes, you can get tested without an appointment. Depending on how busy the testing location is, you might need to wait a few minutes.
Please park on the street and enter using the pedestrian entrance.
Yes. Our qRT-PCR tests detect all variant strains including the Brazilian, Delta, and UK strains of the COVID-19 virus. Our test measures against non-mutating markers.
The cost for a test is $200. We cannot accept insurance for travelers—foreign or domestic.
The test requires a quick and easy nasal swab.
If you prefer a no-contact test using the SalivaDirect™ testing method, you can request one at the testing location. The turnaround time for SalivaDirect tests is 24 hours.
For children and others who have trouble producing a saliva sample, we can perform the renegadeXP™ using a nasal swab.
Yes, we offer drive-through testing for scheduled appointments), where the sample is collected through the window of your car. You can also walk-through if you prefer or do not have an appointment.
Our SF Mission location is a walk-through only testing site.
Follow the link in the confirmation email to the confirmation page. Scroll down for buttons to Reschedule Test and Cancel Test.
If you cancel or do not show up for your appointment, we will refund your payment minus a 20% cancellation fee one week after your appointment date. View the full Terms of Service.
The entire collection experience should take less than 15 minutes. You’ll receive results within 12 hours, or 24 hours for SalivaDirect.
You’ll receive results within 12 hours, or 24 hours for SalivaDirect. Most results are available within 24 hours (48 hours max). You’ll receive a text message and/or email with a unique access code that you can use to access your results online.
You can access your results via most internet-connected devices (laptop, desktop computer, tablet, etc.), as long as you have access to the text message or email containing your unique access code. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call +1.415.338.9306 for help with your results.
A single negative test result does not mean you are free from infection. It simply means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing, or the sample was collected too soon after you were infected.
False negatives are more likely than false positives, especially in the first days after exposure. The test is most accurate three to seven days after exposure. If you suspect your test result is inaccurate, you should get tested again.
If you’ve been exposed—even if you test negative—the safest way to protect those around you is to self-quarantine. Here’s more information from the CDC.
You’ll receive a call from our partnering medical provider, who can help you understand your result and what to do next. You should plan on isolating yourself from everyone (including those you live with) for 10 days to protect those around you. If you have a primary physician, you should let them know you’ve tested positive and discuss whether you need treatment.
SalivaDirect™ has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories. This test has been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. This test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.