Charter Broker Offers Expedited Pre-trip Covid Testing

 - July 21, 2020, 9:42 AM

Air charter broker Paramount Business Jets is offering expedited pre-trip Covid-19 testing through a new partnership with The COVID Consultants, allowing healthy passengers to avoid otherwise mandatory quarantines on arrival. “Our clients flying domestically in the U.S. or internationally can now receive expedited Covid-19 testing so they may avoid 14-day quarantines,” said Paramount founder and CEO Richard Zaher.

Launched earlier this year by a team of infectious-disease doctors and other medical specialists, The COVID Consultants provides remote Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and antibody testing. Results are back within 72 hours to anyone within the contiguous U.S, but the company is currently guaranteeing a 24-hour turnaround. That compares with the week or longer that state-level testing facilities take to return test results, The COVID Consultants said.

Under the partnership, Paramount clients can arrange for the testing when they book a charter trip. The COVID Consultants then ships a home testing kit for next-day delivery, along with detailed instructions for providing a test sample and returning it to the lab.

Negative test results are sent via email along with a copy of the U.S. Federal Drug Administration emergency-use authorization to demonstrate the passenger's compliance with official requirements. The COVID Consultants contacts anyone testing positive to reiterate U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations and provide guidance on when to go to the hospital, if necessary.