In late January 2022 it finally became possible to order free at-home coronavirus test kits. However, each household could only order a total of four test kits. In early March it became possible to order another four test kits, and now it’s possible to order another eight test kits.
Request four free coronavirus tests
Households in the United States can now order free coronavirus test kits for a third time, delivered directly to their homes via USPS:
- This offer is open even to those who have already received two sets of test kits
- The order includes a total of eight individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests, which will be delivered in two batches
- Orders will ship as soon as available from manufacturers (the first two times I received them within a couple of weeks)
The process of requesting free tests kits is extremely easy — you just have to provide your name, email address, and shipping address, and no payment is required. I requested another eight tests for our household in less than a minute.
Can free coronavirus test kits be used for travel?
While these rapid antigen tests can be useful for travel, unfortunately they can’t be used for the purposes of international travel to the United States, where you need to get a rapid antigen test within one calendar day of your US-bound journey. While there are test kits you can buy for travel that are self-administered, the catch is that you have to be supervised (virtually) while taking the test.
As a standard, these tests don’t come with that option. However, some test kits do let you add the option to be used for travel at an additional cost, so you’ll want to check with the manufacturer.
Regardless, having spare rapid antigen tests is incredibly useful for those traveling. It’s always helpful to be able to verify whether you have coronavirus or not, given the potential impact on your health, the health of others, and travel plans. If nothing else, it can be helpful to be able to test again after returning from a trip, especially for those of us who have vulnerable people in our lives.
For the third time since the beginning of 2022, it’s possible to order free coronavirus test kits. This time around you can order a total of eight tests, which will be shipped in two separate packages. With cases slowly increasing and many people traveling, this could come in handy.
Are you ordering these free COVID-19 test kits?