United Airlines and Abbott, the medical services company, announced a collaboration that will enable international travelers to self-administer a rapid antigen COVID-19 test that will allow them to board an international flight to the US if they test negative.

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Recently updated CDC guidelines, according to an announcement from United, permit travelers to self-administer a rapid antigen test under the real-time supervision of a telehealth service and use a verified negative test result to board an international flight to the US. United customers can depart the US with the BinaxNOW Home Test in a carry-on bag and administer the test via the eMed digital health platform while overseas, avoiding the need to find a testing center abroad. Since United’s Travel-Ready Center launched in January, the carrier’s customers have been able to easily access testing and/or vaccine requirements needed for travel destinations and upload completed testing results and vaccine records, as well as have them verified, all within the United app.