COVID Testing in Cabo San Lucas

DECEMBER 04, 2021 UPDATE: USA REQUIRES Negative COVID-19 Test for entry.  All Air Passengers entering the United States are required REGARDLESS OF YOUR VACCINATION STATUS. 

  • If Vaccinated OR NOT Vaccinated - 72-hour antigen required
  • Canada - 72-hour PCR required

You may be denied boarding on your airline with improper documentation.

Reserve your Cabo COVID-19 PCR testing online that is compliant with CDC requirements. We travel to you and collect your sample, process it in a lab, and deliver results in the 72-hour OR the 24-hour window required *NOTE: Sunday tests are subject to a $30 USD rush delivery fee. Results in electronic document format (most delivered in 4-8 hours). **We are recommending that you schedule your testing service in advance of your arrival to reserve your space. We need ample time to schedule a collection visit. Once your order is processed a representative will contact you to schedule your visit. ****All pricing is in US Dollars.

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What are the differences between an Antigen Rapid Test and a PCR Test?

Rapid tests are considered the most accurate in a patient who is having symptoms of COVID-19. While the rapid test can get you results very quickly, the results may not always be accurate. In those who don’t have symptoms, the false-negative rate — meaning my test is positive but I actually have the disease — can be as high as 50%. Results typically in 4-8 hours via email.

PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. Test results take 12-30 hours to be returned via email.


Is my resort offering free COVID19 testing? What if I test positive?

We have no idea where you are staying or if that resort is making accommodations for testing at the resort. Many resorts are offering testing or access to it for a fee, or included in your stay. Further, we are not sure what you would be offered from your resort if you test positive and need to quarantine for 10 days. Contact your resort to get details.

If you are staying at a house, villa, or an Airbnb (yes we can even come to your resort!) we can dispatch a licensed tech to administrate the test at your location and provide results within 4-30 hours.


Can I go into town, a clinic, or a hospital and get a COVID-19 test?

Yes, you can travel to a location and wait to get testing. There are many locations offering the COVID test service in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.


As of December 4th, 2021, the United States is requiring an Antigen test for reentry at the time of airline boarding for the USA. Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 1 day before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.


As of the fall of 2021, air travelers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test (polymerase chain reaction) result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This test cannot be older than 72 hours. Further, Anyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offense with consequences and penalties.

NOTE: We require a valid phone number with your booking. Please add your airline departure date, time, and flight number along with your resort room # or, villa name and community name in the notes section of the booking form.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath? Pure Cabo has affiliated Cabo Doctors that can also visit your resort or villa, diagnose and prescribe treatments for COVID-19.

Get COVID-19 PCR Test Results in as little as 3 Hours

A COVID-19 test is simple and effective and will be done in the comfort of your resort, villa, or home. Once booked through our online reservation system, we come to your location and perform the PCR nose swab test, compliant with CDC recommendations. Testing for COVID-19 involves inserting a 6-inch long swab (like a long Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotating it several times. This swabbing is then repeated on the other nostril to make sure enough material is collected. The swab is then inserted into a container and sent to a lab for testing the next morning.

We then provide results via email in a digital document (viewable in any web browser) to you on the third day, usually by midday, sometimes faster although, not guaranteed.

We perform PCR COVID-19 tests 7 days a week. All Pricing is in US Dollars. ***You may add this expense to your HSA account. Please check your HSA policy for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you perform testing every day?

A: Yes, our processing lab processes results from Monday-Sunday.


Q: I have a flight on a Sunday, or a Monday - when should I get a test to make sure my results are within the 24-hour window my home country requires?

A: Reserve for a Thursday for a Friday flight, and Friday for a Saturday flight.


Q: Is this a legitimate business?
A: Yes, we utilize the largest Reference Laboratory in Mexico and are Federally certified in Latin America to perform PCR tests, as recommended by the CDC.


Q: I have reserved the PCR test online, now what happens?

A: We will contact you that day to confirm receipt. We will then contact you by email or phone provided 1 day before your scheduled date to confirm a time and reconfirm your location.


Q: When do I get my results?

A: Every test is sent to the lab in Los Cabos the same day and processed that day or the next. We receive your results and then send them as a PDF to retrieve from any web browser within 4-36 hours.


Q: Is my test information being shared with anyone? What are your privacy policies?

A: Your information is only used for the lab processing facility to identify your specimen in your results report. Pure Cabo has a strict privacy policy and never stores or sells any data we collect - it is only used for intended purposes.


Q: Can I pay for a COVID-19 PCR test in cash?

A: No, we only take online payments at the moment for security reasons. All transactions are with 256-bit SSL security and protected by your/our banks for fraud.


Q: Can you do multiple tests in one location?

A: Yes, simply order the number of tests you need and we'll show up with that amount of tests to perform at your location.


Q: I need to get tests for my family, the form online has info for one person. How do I get the info to you for the rest of my family members?

A: On arrival, we will collect the necessary information for each individual as it will be needed for each test/lab result. Passports are required for every person being tested.


Q: I have multiple people at my resort/villa/home who are not family and all want the test and want to pay separately.

A: Please have each person reserve their own test online separately and add that they are at the same location in the notes field. Passports are required for every person being tested.


Q: Can I get a refund if I cancel? What are your policies to cancel?
A: We provide a refund back to your card less a 20% processing fee if canceled prior to 24 hours of your scheduled appointment booked online. In under 24 hours, there is no refund. There are no refunds for 24-hour antigen tests.


Q: I received my test and am positive - what do I do now? Where will I stay?

A: Don't panic. If you are feeling symptoms of COVID-19 please take precautions to quarantine. If you are feeling ill, seek the advice of a medical Doctor. We have Concierge Doctors that can come to your resort/villa/home to consult you and prescribe any medication/treatments you may need. If you are feeling very ill, don't wait - seek immediate assistance at a local hospital or call 911. For accommodation to quarantine for 10 days please consult with your resort of villa host for options - many are providing free or greatly reduced costs to quarantine in Cabo!


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