The long-awaited at-home COVID-19 test is now available.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority, (BTA), and the Government of Bermuda recently announced the new partnership with the U.S. wholesale giant and pledged to “provide a gold-standard COVID-19 testing that is available nationwide and easily accessible to all Bermuda-bound travelers," according to a news release from the BTA.
"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 BTA Interim CEO Glenn Jones. "The prospect for travel is still difficult for many. Everyday we're working to make it a little easier."
The self-administered tests are available online now for $139.99 and provide results within five days. In one month, the tests will be available at more than 100 Costco locations. New York and Boston-area locations will be the first regions to offer the kits, according to the BTA.
Customers who purchase the test will be prompted to Costco Pharmacy partner, AZOVA.com/costcotest, to complete a brief health assessment. Once completed, the test will then be shipped to the customer via UPS overnight, and prospective travelers will be required to complete their sample collection ahead of their travel window.
Digital results will then be shared with Bermuda’s public-health authorities for all island travelers to ensure the safety of anybody traveling or returning to the island.
"We're proud to serve as an essential part of Bermuda's initiative to expand COVID-19 testing options for its travellers to include 120 markets around Costco warehouses and on Costco.com," said Costco Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Victor Curtis.
Costco memberships will not be required to purchase the test service online or in-store.