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In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, a free COVID-19 testing site is now open at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The tests offered at the airport location are not tied to any requirements for accessing air travel – this site is open to the public in an effort to expand the state’s testing capacity in a convenient location for residents in the Twin Cities metro area.

Vault Medical Services is performing the tests and will process the samples at its lab in Oakdale. 

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Who is eligible:

  • The site is open to all Minnesotans who believe they need a COVID-19 test, whether you have symptoms or not.
  • The testing is free for Minnesotans and does not require an ID or insurance. If you are from out-of-state, the test costs $94.
  • If you do have insurance, bring your card, as the state will try to recover costs from the insurer, if possible.

How the testing works:

  • The clinic will utilize saliva testing, which requires minimal interaction with clinic staff and less equipment than typical COVID testing sites.
  • Don’t eat, drink, chew or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes prior to providing your sample.
  • At the clinic, a funnel is attached to a small tube, which you spit into until it’s full enough for a sample. You then remove the funnel and close the tube with a plug.
  • This process will take about 15 minutes.
  • You will receive test results in a few days via email.

Hours and location:

  • The airport COVID-19 testing site at Terminal 1 is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The testing site is located in the lobby area on Level 2 of the Blue Ramp.
  • Parking will be available for all seeking a COVID-19 test:
    • Drive to Terminal 1 (4300 Glumack Drive, 55111) and into the entry plaza for the parking ramps. Signs will guide you from the inbound roadway to the clinic location itself.
    • Take a ticket and follow signage to Level 2 in the Blue Ramp. Enter via lanes designated for COVID-19 testing.
    • Walk to the centrally located elevator lobby. Follow signs to the testing site.
    • Staff at the clinic will provide a parking validation ticket, good for up to two hours. Use that ticket when you exit. Parking on this level is for COVID-19 testing only. Overnight parking is not allowed.
  • Face masks and social distancing are required at MSP, including in the COVID-19 testing area.

Reservations are encouraged

  • Instructions for making a reservation – and other details about the State’s testing program  – are located at this web page. The testing site will also welcome walk-ins with no appointment