USA Requires a Negative COVID Viral Test Result after Jan. 26, 2021 – List of Approved Merida Labs

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January 16, 2021
Starting Jan. 26, 2021, Airlines flying into the USA will require approved** negative COVID virus testing (approved PCR test results or COVID viral protein antigen test results), with the test being taken no more than 3 days before flying. Antibody test results are not compliant with USA requirements.

See here for US Govt official details:
https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/#:~:text=Air%20passengers%20are%20required%20to,not%20compliant%20with%20the%20requirement

NOTICE that for your lab results MUST include
~ BOTH the DATE and TIME of sampling

~ Your birthdate

and
~ It’s preferable that your name on the lab results matches the name on your passport.

NOTE THAT CMA Lab in Progreso does not currently report these things, and airlines have already been rejecting CMA Lab results because they do not include the required information.


Fortunately, the Merida airport is offering approved COVID testing at the airport, but note that they require at least 30 minutes to get you the test results.



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**Determined readers can see this Mexican Govt. Website for a lists of approved laboratories across Mexico:
https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/602186/LISTADO_DE_LABORATORIOS_QUE_REALIZAN_EL_DIAGN_STICO_DE_COVID-19_17122020.pdf

Example: See Item 147 for Quintana Roo’s approved Academic lab.


Also Notice that there are some (sleazy) outfits offering fake “Certified COVID PCR” negative lab test results, for cheaper prices, but the airlines personnel are already flagging those fake un-approved test results, and banning the person from flying. … It’s best to choose an approved lab.**

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**List of USA Approved PCR-COVID and COVID Protein Viral Antigen Testing Labs in Merida

LCM … Laboratorios Clinicos de Mérida
PCR Testing for $2,925 with next day results … AND … COVID Protein Antigen testing for just $750 pesos, with results in just 2 hr – 4 hr.

Telephone: 999 925 88 18 for the Garcia Gineres location … see website for their other locations & phone numbers.
https://lcmerida.com.mx/sucursales.html


Multiple Locations in Merida



Biomédicos de Mérida
PCR Testing Available, but no prices listed, and no info offered on how quickly PCR results are ready.
Telephone: +52    999 1 61 90 86 for COVID**
http://www.biomedicosdemerida.com/international-travelers-covid-19/

**They offer both lab appointments AND … They offer to come to your home for PCR testing.
Multiple Locations in Merida
Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. de 2:00 p.m.
Alternate Telephone: +52 999 161 9086



CEDEME  – Centro Especializado en Diagnosticos Medicos
PCR Test Results Available in 12 hrs … $3,588 con IVA
Certification of PCR Test Results Available in 12 hrs … $1,044
Telephone: +52    555 0 29 19 96
https://www.cedeme.com.mx/
ONE Merida location + PDC & Cancun locations


Chopo
 PCR Tests for $2,799 (sin IVA?) – No posted information on how long it takes to get results
Telephone: +52 555 0 29 19 96
https://www.chopo.com.mx/merida/deteccion-covid-19-por-pcr
 Multiple Locations in Merida


Clinica de Merida
 Same Day PCR Test Results … 10% discount until Jan 31, 2021
COVID Antigen test available for just $580 now … results in hours.
COVID Appointment Telephone: +52 999 7 50 39 90    
Lab Telephone: +52 999 9 42 18 00    ext. 1218
https://clinicademerida.mx/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clinicademerida
One location in Merida… Av. Itzaes & C25, Garcia Gineres


Diagno Lab
PCR Tests
Telephone: +52 999 2 42 84 00   – with different phone #’s for their 14 Merida locations.
https://www.diagnolabs.com.mx/
7:00 AM start times at some locations
14 Merida Locations … https://www.diagnolabs.com.mx/sucursales


Farmacias del Ahorro
 PCR Tests are supposedly available, but their website is cranky & does not describe details.
https://www.fahorro.com/prueba_antigenos? utm_source=HomeFahorro&utm_medium=slider/


Faro del Mayab
PCR Tests for $3,900
Telephone: +52 999 2 28 61 04     & +52 999 1 37 23 15
http://info.hospitalfaro.com/covid-19
https://www.facebook.com/Farodelmayab
One Merida Location


Quimialab
PCR Tests available, but the website has minimal information – see their FB COVID page
Telephone: +52 999 9 44 47 47 for appointments
https://quimialab.com/
COVID info: https://www.facebook.com/quimialab/photos/pcb.1328242464177755/1328242197511115/Multiple

Locations in Merida: Calle 17 #182-B por 14 y 16 Colonia México Oriente
Calle 103 Diag. por 36 esq. #333-A, Plaza La Fer Local 4. Sobre Av. Tanlum


Star Medica
PCR COVID Tests available … but their website offers no details.
Telephone: 999 9 30 28 80
https://www.starmedica.com/home/es/articulos-nota/pruebas-para-detectar-y-diagnosticar-el-virus-del-covid-19

Ahorro
Both PCR & COVID Viral Antigen ($350) testing available
https://www.fahorro.com/prueba_antigenos?fbclid=IwAR3vRwNxl7eCLlaw1-vutThtaHXbcVQujENmMNbbq5pE4t1tg7_5lJ-LMys

We understand that the Ahorro labs are included in the long list of Mex. Gob. approved labs, but have not yet checked the list to confirm it. (see Mex. Gob. website of labs above).


FINAL NOTES:
~ NOTE THAT CMA Lab in Progreso does not currently report the required things for an approved test. CMA is missing … your birthdate … and the date and TIME of sampling … Airlines have already been rejecting CMA Lab results because they do not include the required information.

~ Fortunately, the Merida airport is offering approved COVID testing at the airport, but note that they require at least 30 minutes to get you the test results.

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5 Responses to USA Requires a Negative COVID Viral Test Result after Jan. 26, 2021 – List of Approved Merida Labs

  1. Janet Levin says:

    Your headline says PCR test. The US Embassy link says, highlighted in yellow, PCR or antigen.

    Editor’s Note:
    Notice US Govt. official rules say the cheaper “Antibody test” results do not qualify. “Antigen” tests for SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins are not that common… especially here in Mexico. … We will watch to see if SARS antigen testing becomes available here.

    • yucalandia says:

      Thanks for the clarification!

      In checking the laboratories websites, we have seen 3 different 1 lab offering SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing available here – LCM of Merida … generally for for just $750 pesos each … Results in as little as 4 hrs …

      Janet Levine: What other approved laboratories here are doing COVID viral antigen testing?

      There are many labs offering COVID antibody testing, but we found 4 doing COVID viral antigen testing.

      We will watch to see if antigen testing for the SARS virus proteins… becomes even more widely available here.

  2. Only Canada requires the PCR test to return. The US accepts the antigen test which takes less than an hour and is much more affordable.

    Editor’s Note:
    Notice US Govt. official rules say the cheaper “Antibody test” results do not qualify. “Antigen” tests for SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins are becoming more common… We have updated the report above to reflect the labs that have the SARS-CoV2 – COVID antigen test

  3. dariogrear says:

    This is a good site for all kinds of Information about rules and regulations and living in mexico

  4. Pingback: CDC Reports Delaying Second Dose of COVID Vaccines to 42 Days | Surviving Yucatan

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