Test-to-Fly

COVID-19 Testing Before & During your trip

Traveling from or through Sea-Tac International? We’ve made pre-departure testing convenient and easy.

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Why Choose Discovery Health MD?

Our expertise in remote worksite medical care, or “telemedicine”, has uniquely prepared us to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve led the charge in research and response guidelines for the Maritime industry, particularly in the states of Washington and Alaska. 

Our solutions, designed first for fishing, oil, and other remote/maritime worksites, are available now to companies across many industries.

We are confident that we can help you with a safe return-to-work strategy.

How it Works

1. Schedule Testing

At least 2-3 days before your flight, fill out a Test-to-Fly inquiry or contact your Discovery Health MD rep. 

2. Sit Tight

Plan to depart the day after your test – we expect to have your results within 24 hours.

 

Plan Your Stay

Discovery Health MD has partnered with La Quinta Inn & Suites to offer you special rates and host our testing, right next to Sea-Tac International Airport!

Click Here to book a stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites for the day of your scheduled test.

DISCOVERY HEALTH’s special rate offered through the reservation system for the La Quinta, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Washington. These preferred rates will be offered through the central reservations number: (800) 753-3757 using promo rate code LKDH, Corp. ID 1000048197 or by following the URL.

3. Get Your Results & Decide

Your test results will be available quickly, however we suggest a 24-hour waiting period before you are to arrive at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Once you have your results, we encourage you to make wise choices about your travel – especially if your test returns positive!

Fly Safely

Help to protect your destination from COVID-19 by getting tested before you fly. 

Start your Test-to-Fly inquiry here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Results are typically available within 24 hours of testing.

Test results will be sent to employers and Discovery Health MD. Employees should contact their employer to get a copy of their results.

Test participants will fill out an online consent form and questionnaire prior to testing. The consent form will release test results to their employer, Discovery Health MD, and the University of Washington.

The RT-PCR test is highly specific, which means false positives are unlikely.


The Abbott ARCHITECT IgG immunoassay is reported to be 99.6% specific with a detection of 1 false positive in 1020 specimens in UW internal testing. A false positive serology in unlikely, but not impossible.

If the RT-PCR nasal swab is positive, you will be asked to isolate at home (meaning stay at home, at least 6 feet away from others, with no sharing of bathroom or kitchen facilities) for 2 weeks. Public health will be notified and you would be advised to follow up with your personal doctor.

If the IgG serology (antibody) test is positive, you will be asked to isolate for at least 1 week at home and follow up with your doctor and public health for further recommendations.

Testing is an added measure of protection in case an exposure had occurred.

Isolation (“Quarantine”) is the best strategy to prevent infection, however, we are starting to see a lot of positive tests in people who do not have symptoms. As we do not know much about this disease, we do not know how widespread it is in the community. It is possible someone could have been inadvertently exposed despite quarantine. It is also possible a serology (antibody) test could be positive from an exposure months ago. 

No, our testing requires a qualification process. Please contact us using the form above to begin.

Once the testing appointments are scheduled, you will receive an email with a link to fill out the online consent and questionnaire. You will be asked if you have any current symptoms or recent exposure to someone with possible COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you will not be allowed to test and should seek medical care. You will be asked to provide demographic information and answer some epidemiologic questions including your travel history in the past 60 days. This information will help us to understand the validity of results and allow us to contact you if you have a positive test.

It is very important your name matches your identification exactly.

On the testing day, your ID will be verified and medical professionals will obtain blood samples from a vein and assist you with obtaining the nasal swab specimen. These will be sent to the University of Washington for processing with results provided to your employer on the next day, barring any delay with processing or reporting.

A positive RT-PCR nasal swab means the virus was detected. It does not tell us if you are infectious or not. A negative test means the virus was not detected on the nasal sample. It is possible the virus could still be present in the lungs or elsewhere.

A positive IgG serology (antibody) test means an antibody was detected. Antibodies may appear days to weeks after an infection, but may not appear for 3 weeks or may never appear. A positive antibody test is difficult to interpret with our current understanding of the disease. It may represent recent infection, remote infection, or possibly a false positive. We cannot say anything about immunity at this time. A positive IgG does not mean you are immune. Antibody tests should not be used as the sole test to determine if someone has the disease.

On the testing day, your ID will be verified and medical professionals will obtain blood samples from a vein and assist you with obtaining the nasal swab specimen. It is very important your testing registration name matches your government-issued identification exactly. These will be sent to the University of Washington for processing with results provided to your employer on the next day, barring any delay with processing or reporting.