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I’m sure this has been answered many times before, but I’m going to ask again. My husband and I are both vaccinated..can we use a store bought covid test and use a teleservice like OnPoint to meet the pre cruise requirements? Has anyone used a home test other than the ones royal Caribbean offers?  

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I have the same question now that Walgreens is no longer an easy, free option. The eMed tests are a bit expensive and it’s annoying that you need extras in case something goes wrong. With OnPoint, you provide the test which is nice considering I have a bunch on hand already. Has anyone successfully used them to board a Royal cruise?

https://onpoint-testing.com/product/certified-teleservice-covid-testing/?gclid=CjwKCAjw7vuUBhBUEiwAEdu2pD8xTcr9bSC4yULHQ70vMiN_0RH6cLc_OyBV_h0BpSfjiR_s2O18thoCuF8QAvD_BwE&fbclid=IwAR0Bl_rH3_AqXNZ2WEHhBtsFEKld4coIN84iCPMyT41ClVvvZglLsrhmyDg&fs=e&s=cl

 

 

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Yes you can use OnPoint or RapidTestAndTrace (amongst others). There have been many reports of each elsewhere in cyberspace.

OnPoint is a bit cheaper ($14.99 vs. $20 right now) but I felt a bit better about RapidTestAndTrace after reading comments and having a live chat with Rapid.

Just one man's opinion of course. Do your own research, wait for Matt to chime in, do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

*NOTE: I have not used either as I don't need to test until 7/13 and previously used Walgreens.

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1 hour ago, OCSC Mike said:

Yes you can use OnPoint or RapidTestAndTrace (amongst others). There have been many reports of each elsewhere in cyberspace.

OnPoint is a bit cheaper ($14.99 vs. $20 right now) but I felt a bit better about RapidTestAndTrace after reading comments and having a live chat with Rapid.

Just one man's opinion of course. Do your own research, wait for Matt to chime in, do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

*NOTE: I have not used either as I don't need to test until 7/13 and previously used Walgreens.

OCSC Mike, you have made me feel better about the testing situation. Your voice of reason is much appreciated. I had been expecting changes but the Walgreens news surprised me anyway. 

We will be boarding in one week and two hours from now with our RapidTest&Trace results.🙂 I can report back if anyone is interested.

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11 minutes ago, luv2sail said:

OCSC Mike, you have made me feel better about the testing situation. Your voice of reason is much appreciated. I had been expecting changes but the Walgreens news surprised me anyway. 

We will be boarding in one week and two hours from now with our RapidTest&Trace results.🙂 I can report back if anyone is interested.

Glad to help. I was Walgreens' biggest fan and also surprised. Don't think I was exactly calm and happy about the news when I first read about it, lol. But having prior knowledge of those 3rd party proctor sites helped and after some brief research and contacting rapidtestandtrace I returned to a better state of mind.

I'm as frugal as it gets so don't think I'm happy about spending even $20pp to be tested, but it is what it is.

By all means report back! Those reports are what help people learn and base their decisions on. Hope your party tests negative and you have a great cruise!

*One additional note about rapidtestandtrace... I asked on live chat if my wife and I scheduled back to back appointments could we just stay on the video conference and be tested one after another even though two separate appointments are required. Their response was yes, just inform the nurse at the outset. It was the interaction like this combined with a few things I had read about OnPoint that led to me choosing rapid.

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9 minutes ago, OCSC Mike said:

 

*One additional note about rapidtestandtrace... I asked on live chat if my wife and I scheduled back to back appointments could we just stay on the video conference and be tested one after another even though two separate appointments are required. Their response was yes, just inform the nurse at the outset. It was the interaction like this combined with a few things I had read about OnPoint that led to me choosing rapid.

Great information! We will mention our B2B appointments when the first one begins. I was a definitely a Walgreens cheerleader. Prior to yesterday I thought the only online choice was emed. I was not thrilled about paying express shipping charges while hoping the tests arrived in time to test. Being able to use the test in which I am familiar is also a big plus.  Crisis averted!!🙂

You have a great cruise, too!!

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We did OnPoint last night. It was very quick and easy. My husband and I were able to do it on one appointment and use only one box of the Abbott Binax tests. They emailed us PDF of our results and it included everything that was listed on the Royal Carribean requirements..CLIA#, results, day taken etc. We’ll see Monday if RC accepts it. I do feel confident though. 

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I just made a fake appointment with my local Walgreens near Tampa Florida for a rapid test (then cancelled it). Seems the same as usual - free. Except: They REALLY want your insurance info now, but still free to me. Walgreens does appointments about a week out in my area. 

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40 minutes ago, Swar said:

I just made a fake appointment with my local Walgreens near Tampa Florida for a rapid test (then cancelled it). Seems the same as usual - free. Except: They REALLY want your insurance info now, but still free to me. Walgreens does appointments about a week out in my area. 

Others have done that and then been told they will be charged when they show up. I would verify it will be free if you actually plan to use them at some point.

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1 hour ago, OCSC Mike said:

Others have done that and then been told they will be charged when they show up. I would verify it will be free if you actually plan to use them at some point.

I used them a week ago with no issues. 

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15 minutes ago, Swar said:

Ok, I'll sign up for a test next week and report back. Retired and have nothing else to do with my time.

Just signed up for a test on July 5th at 1530. Will update next week. The verbiage seemed very clear. if no insurance - no cost. If insured they would bill insurance company if they could. 

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Per the Walgreens web site as of today (02 July) it says if you're "High Risk or Pregnant" the test may be free*. 

 * You will not have out-of-pocket costs if you meet the criteria for no-cost testing through your insurance or a government-funded program. You should contact your insurer before scheduling to confirm the test meets coverage criteria. You may be billed by Walgreens and, if applicable, the laboratory for up to the full price of the test if your insurance denies coverage or you don't meet eligibility criteria for government no-cost testing programs. 

According to the HHS web site at https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/i-have-covid-19/how-do-i-know-if-im-high-risk  "High Risk" conditions include being age 65 or older. SO, might I (as a certified Olde Fahrt who is north of age 65) still get a test done at Walgreens and have them bill Medicare? Does anyone know what truly qualifies as meeting the "eligibility criteria for government no-cost testing programs". 

 

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9 minutes ago, Lugnut said:

Per the Walgreens web site as of today (02 July) it says if you're "High Risk or Pregnant" the test may be free*. 

 * You will not have out-of-pocket costs if you meet the criteria for no-cost testing through your insurance or a government-funded program. You should contact your insurer before scheduling to confirm the test meets coverage criteria. You may be billed by Walgreens and, if applicable, the laboratory for up to the full price of the test if your insurance denies coverage or you don't meet eligibility criteria for government no-cost testing programs. 

According to the HHS web site at https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/i-have-covid-19/how-do-i-know-if-im-high-risk  "High Risk" conditions include being age 65 or older. SO, might I (as a certified Olde Fahrt who is north of age 65) still get a test done at Walgreens and have them bill Medicare? Does anyone know what truly qualifies as meeting the "eligibility criteria for government no-cost testing programs". 

 

It asked me if I have fatigue, headaches, and so on. Of course I do (100% disabled, jumped out of airplanes for 5 years, and I'm old). It also asked if you have been around a possible COVID person. So almost any human is probably high risk. if you have zero risk factors and just say that you want to travel is when they will probably try to charge you.

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What do you think about PCR Test for kiddos - as RC states, all kids over 2 have to bring a PCR-Test (if not vaccinated).

As I am browsing the net, most walk-ins only provide tests for 3+.

I think we are stuck 🤐

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14 minutes ago, Carotthat said:

What do you think about PCR Test for kiddos - as RC states, all kids over 2 have to bring a PCR-Test (if not vaccinated).

As I am browsing the net, most walk-ins only provide tests for 3+.

I think we are stuck 🤐

Maybe state your town/state/country?  Someone may be able to provide better insight on facilities they used

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