If you are preparing for international travel, you may have questions about COVID-19 test requirements.
- All students planning to leave campus, including students planning international travel, should follow U-M departure protocols, which include testing. For details see Departure Testing & Protocol.
- Your airline or home or destination country may also have specific requirements. Be sure to check with your airlines and consulate to determine specific requirements.
The following information may be useful to you as you determine travel and COVID-19-related testing requirements.
COVID-19 testing to meet travel requirements is available at UHS.
- COVID-19 testing through UHS is a nucleic acid (PCR) test.
- Specifically, this test, the SARS-CoV-2 PCR assay, is a real-time reverse transcriptase (RT) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal swabs collected by a healthcare worker.
- A COVID-19 antibody test is also available through UHS.
- Specifically, this test is a SARS-CoV-2 Antibody assay that is intended for qualitative detection of total antibodies (including IgG and IgM) to SARS-CoV-2. Note: Michigan Medicine and UHS do not have an available test to report IgM levels separately.
- Results from both types of tests can be available within 48 hours, although a 24-hour turnaround time may be available. However, please keep in mind special holiday/break hours on the following days. When UHS is closed, no specimens will be obtained and submitted for testing:
- For Winter break (tentative):
- Closed Dec 24-27
- Open 9 AM - noon on Dec 28-31
- Closed January 1-3
- For Winter break (tentative):
- You can download and print this Letter about COVID Tests and Laboratories (PDF) that the Michigan Medicine and UHS labs that perform U-M COVID-19 testing have CLIA accreditation (a type of government-approved accreditation) if your airline or consulate requires this. This letter will also be available when you get your COVID test.
How to get tested through UHS
- If you must have your test results back within 24 or 48 hours to meet airline or consulate requirements, we advise that you call UHS at 734-764-8320 during open hours so that your testing assessment and scheduling can be done by phone. However, remember that the 24-hour turn-around time cannot be guaranteed.
- Call as soon as you know your scheduled departure date, and explain any specific requirements.
- Schedule your testing appointment for the morning, before noon.
- Otherwise, please follow the instructions at COVID-19 Testing through UHS
Receiving your UHS test result
You will receive your UNOFFICIAL test results through the Patient Portal. If you have not yet created a portal account, please do so immediately by following instructions on the portal link above.
It's recommended to print and submit OFFICIAL test results to your consulate or to your airline together with the letter you received when you were tested, or you may use this Letter about COVID Tests and Laboratories (PDF).
You can use the portal to request an official report of the results by following the steps below, and this will require additional time. Requests will be processed during UHS open hours, and requests may take a few hours to process.
How to request OFFICIAL test results through the Patient Portal (the fastest way):
- Login to your portal account at MyUofMHealth.org
- Click on Menu
- Under the My Record tab, click on Medical Record Request Form
- Click on the link for UHS record request form (2nd line under Medical Record Request)
- Fill out information and state "URGENT REQUEST - OFFICIAL COVID TEST RESULT NEEDED"
- Click Submit Request
Or you may complete the UHS request form (slower):
- Complete the UHS Authorization to Release Protected Health Information form
- Send it by email to UHS-ROIRequest@med.umich.edu and write "URGENT REQUEST" in the subject line
How to find other test locations
If your airline or consulate has COVID-19 test requirements that the tests available through UHS do not meet, you can find other test sites:
See also Pre-Arrival Testing for Winter 2021.